For those of you looking to connect teens with nonfiction books, especially memoirs of people who had to cope with uphill battles, this book is an excellent candidate for you. Gaby Rodriguez wrote this book about her controversial decision to fake a pregnancy as part of a senior project, and that book then inspired a Lifetime movie. The Pregnancy Project will definitely inspire readers to discuss the topic of teenage pregnancy, as well as how expectations and stereotypes can affect everyone.
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You might have seen a news report about her. You might have seen a TV movie about her. You might have heard about her story through a friend or family member. And when you heard the story, you probably thought I CAN’T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT!
The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer is a nonfiction book about a girl who always heard that she would probably be a teen mom. Even though her mother and her older sisters got pregnant when they were teenagers, Gaby didn’t want to follow in that family tradition. She wanted to be a good student, graduate with honors, and go on to college. She wasn’t ready to start having children yet. But she wondered what it would be like if she lived down to other people’s expectations. Would people think she was just another statistic? Would they be disappointed in her? Or would they just think, “Like mother, like daughter” and that would be the end of it?
And that’s how she came up with the idea for her senior project. Gaby was going to fake her own pregnancy, and then see how everyone around her reacted to the news.
Gaby learned what it was like to have people look at her stomach before they looked at her face. She learned what it was like to disappoint people. She learned who her true friends were. And most importantly, she learned about herself.