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.
(Book synopsis from goodreads.com)
I decided to read The Pregnancy Project because it is one of the books that I had put on the list of independent reading novels for my students to choose from this year. I was really excited about this novel because it is a nonfiction novel that reads easily for YA readers. I checked this book out from the library on Friday after school and I read the whole book in 3 hours.
The great thing about The Pregnancy Project is that it was written by a teenager making it very relatable for my students. The language that is used is theirs and they should be more open to the messages that she is able to demonstrate through her experiences. This novel is one that I believe both guys and girls should read, along with teachers and parents. Gaby Rodrigues gives a very unique and interesting interpretation to the experience that pregnant teens go through and the type of support that they lack and what they need to help them.
I believe that while this is a relatable novel for teenagers, it is also a great book for teachers to read because they have been, are, and will be students in each classroom who are in a similar situation as to the one that Gaby went through. As an educator we need to remember to support our students and give them every opportunity to succeed.