Book Review–The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez


This is the 5th book from my 114 in 2014 Reading Challenge.

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The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez
Published 2012 by Simon & Schuster


Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers; from an outsider’s perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Gaby had ambitions that didn’t include teen motherhood.

But she wondered: how would she be treated if she “lived down” to others’ expectations? Would everyone ignore the years she put into being a good student and see her as just another pregnant teen statistic with no future? These questions sparked Gaby’s school project: faking her own pregnancy as a high school senior to see how her family, friends, and community would react. What she learned changed her life forever, and made international headlines in the process.

In The Pregnancy Project, Gaby details how she was able to fake her own pregnancy—hiding the truth from even her siblings and boyfriend’s parents—and reveals all that she learned from the experience. But more than that, Gaby’s story is about fighting stereotypes, and how one girl found the strength to come out from the shadow of low expectations to forge a bright future for herself.


This was a pretty interesting read because it’s based on a true story. Yes, a teenager from a family well known for having teenage pregnancies pretended to be pregnant. I am amazed that any teenager would attempt this. Her project was courageous and has hopefully opened some people’s minds on the issue of teen pregnancy.

While I wouldn’t recommend teenagers to get pregnant, let’s face it–sometimes it happens. Making them feel bad for it or putting them through more crap isn’t going to make it go away. In this book, Gaby set out to find out exactly how teen mothers feel and the stereotypes they are often expected to feel.

While I love the subject, I wasn’t crazy about the writing. It was too bogged down with information, particularly in the beginning. As for Gaby herself, I had trouble connecting with her. Despite her amazing project and desire to open people’s minds about teen pregnancy, every once in a while she would make a comment that really got under my skin. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe not. Regardless of her pro-life stance, I do applaud her in going through with this project and then allowing it to be told.

Gaby encounters many different kinds of reactions in the book. A few parts almost brought me to tears because while I am not a teen mother, I’ve seen teen mothers treated like this. Teenage pregnancy shouldn’t be glamorized, but people should also be kind and supportive.

I definitely recommend reading this one just to see what her experience was like. 3 stars…would have gotten 3.5 if the writing had been better.




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