The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez

pregnancy project

The Pregnancy Project: a memoir
Gaby Rodriguez
Simon & Schuster, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4424-4622-9
FORMAT: Nonfiction
AGES: Young Adult
4 Stars

I read this book as part of the 2013 YALSA The Hub Reading Challenge. So far for the challenge I have read:

23. The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna
22. Dodger by Terry Pratchett
21. Drama by Raina Telgemeier
20. Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami
19. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
18. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
17. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
16. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
15. In Darkness by Nick Lake
14. Crusher by Niall Leonard
13. Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks
12. The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long, Jim Demonakos, and Nate Powell
11. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama
10. Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
9. Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
8. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
6. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
5. We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March by Cynthia Levinson
4. Titanic: Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
3. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
2. Bomb: The Race to Build–and Steal–the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin
1. Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose

I didn’t know what to expect about The Pregnancy Project. I had heard bits from the news a while ago about the story. But that was it. Just snippets. I knew that the news never totally shows the whole story, or what would pass as the real story. So I thought this book would be interesting. It was.

Basically it is about Gaby Rodriguez and her high school senior project where she faked a pregnancy so that she could document what her school thought about pregnant teen girls. I liked how honest and open Gaby was with what she did and why. It would take a lot of guts to not only pull off a project like this but to also share it with the whole world. As someone who has seen friends get pregnant as teens (and yes, I too had classes in high school with some pregnant girls) and having seen some teen girls who come into my library that were pregnant, I am not totally oblivious to some of the things that have been said or the frustrations that teen parents deal with. However, this project gave more insight than just being a bystander to so many expectant teens. I am grateful that Gaby had the courage to do such a great project that was so close to her heart.

More than anything else, this would be a great choice for a book that will get teens talking. There are a lot of issues discussed in this book. And there aren’t easy answers to any of it. But there are questions and insights. And this would be the perfect place to start one of those important discussions with a teen. I see great potential in using this book to help teens discover how they will make a difference in the world and the struggles that will come in the process.

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