Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Pregnancy Project: a memoir by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer ADVISABLE

Rodriguez, Gaby The Pregnancy Project: a Memoir 218 pgs. Simon and Shuster Books, 2012. Language PG-13 (1 swear, 2 f); Sexual Content PGish (Gaby is very open about discussing sex, but it is nothing graphic); Violence PG.

Gaby's mother was a teen mother and many of her siblings became parents when they were in high school as well. Everyone told Gaby that she would end up the same way. She believed differently. For her senior high school project, she decided to fake a pregnancy to see how her family, friends, and community would respond. In the process she challenged stereotypes and expectations, and garnered national attention.

This was a surprising and very interesting story. I think the most surprising aspect for me was how her boyfriend was treated in all of this. How stressful the experience was for both of them, and how everyone told them their lives were over. Gaby includes studies on teen pregnancy and tells her story clearly and in a straight forward way. I definitely recommend this to teens on the subject of teen pregnancy.

MS, HS ADVISABLE reviewer: Rebekah, public librarian

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