The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir

The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live not far from where she is and went to school, This was something big for our community. All i have to say is great job Gaby. I Think everyone should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Personally, I found this book to be a very good read! It was also turned into a Lifetime movie. I think most teen girls and women can relate to this story, even if you aren't a mother. I def. liked it....it also kinda makes you think...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is amazing. Insiring, and life changing. It opened the doors to see the thurth about stoertyping and about teen pregnancy. Loved reading this & watching the movie. The author was brave and strong to do this project.
Paperback_Princess More than 1 year ago
Growing up in an affluent suburb, we didn't have very many teen pregnancies, I think I heard about one girl that had a child while I was there. I'm not sure if thats because I just didn't hear the gossip, or if because it was "taken care of" more often. I know that teen pregnancies has been on the rise and that it is a problem not just for these teens but because of the burden that they place on the welfare system when they don't have a good support system. The back story that Gaby provided was about her own family and her own siblings all of whom were born of a teen mother and they all went on to be teen parents. At the time of her book being written she totaled her nieces and nephews to over 30. 30! I can barely handle 2 at a time, but 30? She pointed out that this cycle was not uncommon in the area and among her friends, that teen pregnancy was almost commonplace and accepted. Her oldest sister was a teen mom and even if she was 19 when she had her baby that made her mother a 33 year old grandmother. Gaby was born the next year, also making her younger than her niece. Using that math she was only 50 when this book was written with more than 30 grandchildren and no husband. I think that woman deserves a reward for not having run screaming (or for still having a full head of naturally colored hair). When I read this book, its not like it opened my eyes to the problem, but rather what it was like to be a teenager and be pregnant. When Gaby was trying to convince her principal and vice superintendent that she could handle the mean comments and back talking that was said about her. In reality it was a lot harder to handle the gossip, and I give her props for not quitting. I think what probably would have been hardest was telling your family and having five hypocritical siblings turn their backs on you and ignore you at Christmas because you told them that you were pregnant. Disappointment I understand, but when your child of a sibling has watched your children time and time again, I don't think it was very fair to literally stop talking to her. I also want to commend her boyfriend for staying with her through this entire ordeal. Even when he was being bullied by his friends and told what a screw up he was by his parents and anyone that he ran into, he stood by her side and went to the pregnancy classes where other teen moms met and were taught how to be a mom. I think he deserves a pat on the back, even if they aren't still together. The message that Gaby wanted to be heard (and that people on message boards and across the country misunderstood) was that yes, it is important to prevent teen pregnancy, but once it happens, people only make the teen's situation worse by alienating them and making them feel like their actions were wrong. By putting down teen moms and dad's who are constantly reminded that they just ruined their lives and that it won't get better and that now you're stuck together, it activates the guys fight or flight response (which is more often flight than fight) and doesn't encourage them to make their situation better if they don't believe it can get better. I think that this book is important for teens to read because even if you're not a teen parent and won't be one, it is important to understand the impact that your words have on a person. This isn't a lesson that just teens need to hear, but adults and teachers too. While a lot of the comments that the students made where harsh, I think the worst was a teacher, A TEACHER, saying "Doesn't she know that she just ruined her life?" Which is so not okay for a teacher to even say out loud at all let alone with students in earshot. I think that the fact that Gaby was able to withstand her family ignoring her, the rude comments made about her, and the feeling that she had disappointed so many people was incredibly strong and brave of her. I don't think I would have been able to deal with anything that she did including the reveal which must have hurt so many people including close friends, family, mentors and the people that had come to her aid rather than put her down. This was an incredibly quick read and I think that Gaby Rodriguez gave a whole new meaning to walking a mile in another person's shoes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this in my older sisters magazine and i read it and even though i am eleven i understand and this book . And it was very sad and it made me relise tha s** and teen pregnancy is a big deal and makes a big impact on your social life and how people will treat you so i give gabby props for staying strong Bookworm
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is exactly that...motivating, everyone should read it!
Tom_B More than 1 year ago
This book was heartbreakingly great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book i thought it was very eye opening about teen pregnancy and stereo types.
MischiefManaged02 More than 1 year ago
All of you who have written hateful comments about what Gaby did are immature or just jealous of the fact that she has made a difference. You're completely missing her message. If you had read any of her book you would know that this worldwide fame she has received was completely and utterly unexpected and unwanted. I commend her and have such strong admiration for her and her project. I had never heard of her or her story before yesterday when I picked her book at the book store I work at. I knew it was a young adult novel, but I thought it would be interesting and beneficial to keep up with what our customers are reading. I started it on my way home and could not put it down. Gaby struggled so much and yet she never once let it define her or let it make her a stereotype. I would never have the guts to fake a pregnancy. Before reading this, I was aware of how frequently we hear about teen pregnancies and I can say that at least 5 of my friends from high school are now mothers. I do not by any means think that getting pregnant at such a young age is a good idea, but I do understand that sometimes, even with the necessary precautions, getting pregnant can happen. I stand by the old sayings "Treat others the way you want to be treated" and "If you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all." I feel that both of these relate to Gaby's story. We seem to forget that everyone around us is just as much of a human as we are. We all have feelings. We all feel happiness, sadness and pain especially when we are put on the spotlight for things that aren't necessarily our fault. We need to be supportive of each other. When the going gets rough we need others to feed off of, to keep us going, to remind us that this is just a bump in the road. I do not understand why I see so many teen girls raving about shows like "16 and Pregnant." These shows send the wrong message and I do not recall ever hearing about any of those girls being consistently successful after their 60 minutes of fame. Sure it gives the world great gossip, but, honestly, why do we even need gossip? I can understand gossip about movies or books or tv shows, but why rave about tv shows that make things that can potentially alter your life seem ok? Gaby is very wise for her age and proves even more that many things in the world need to change. It shouldn't matter if a girl you know got pregnant. She is still a girl and she still has hopes and dreams. Don't be the one to judge her, be the one to help her even if only for a moment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the story and the movie. Gaby was right about how people treat teen moms. Even some of the fathers don't understand that they weren't the only ones to ruin their own lives. It takes two to mess up your life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So i have done aomething totally new for me and picked a book because of the movie (not that i have seen it yet) but i am so glad i did. I usually dont read nonfictional books but this really resonated with me and i could relate. I loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well this book relates to the movie aswell I think the book is very touching!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the movie! It shows how many people follow stereotypes even teachers and family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lifetime brouht me to this book. But its genous! I would have never thought of a project like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watch the movie..its awesome...Bravo Gaby! Stereotypes is a big problem in this world. Things like this shows how cruel your "TRUE" friends can actually be..were not perfect but that doesnt mean we have to go along with negative things..So bravo to you Gaby. You are greatly appreciated for this.:D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am reading this book for my non-fiction class and I find it amazing! Very inspiring and teaches kids, teens, and even adults about teen pregnancy, school drama, and home like difficulties. It teaches teens that they do not need to look up to the stereotypes. They can be their own self. Pretending to be pregnant and then admitting that you actually weren't would be a very hard thing. She's a very strong and independent girl. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was okay 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would recommend The Pregnancy Project to teenagers and especially to the teenagers that are sexually active to make them realize what they could possibly go through. In my opinion, The Pregnancy Project was not really my favorite but it showed/told me about how stereotypes are developed from being a ‘pregnant’ teenager. You can learn the meaning of family and friends from reading this book too because of how Gaby thought of this idea to fake a pregnancy to actually see what everybody's reaction would be. Though she went through many obstacles with this project, she eventually made it to the end and told the world the truth. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No the chick never actually gets pregnant yes its pg13 Watch the movie its valled th pregnancy project
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I really love this book. It made me see things differently,and made me be greatful for everything i have today. I really feel for all the teenage mothers out there, who didnt expect to end up with a baby. Stay strong! I want to congratulate Gaby on her successful book and movie. Gaby, thank you for making me see things differently. Finally, if you're unsure about reading this, you should definitly read this book, I bet you'll see things differently too.
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