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The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir
Contributor(s): Rodriguez, Gaby, Glatzer, Jenna (Conductor)
ISBN: 1442446226     ISBN-13: 9781442446229
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: January 2012
Annotation: The teenager famed for faking a pregnancy as part of a social experiment describes the family and cultural history of teen pregnancy that shaped her life, her observations about how she was treated when she pretended to be pregnant and her feelings about the consequences of low expectations.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Teenage pregnancy; United States; Juvenile literature.
Stereotypes (Social psychology); Juvenile literature.
Teenage pregnancy; United States.
Dewey: 306.874/3
LCCN: 2011038862
Lexile Measure: 970
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 1.00" (0.44 lbs) 218 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 151534
Reading Level: 6.5   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q56278
Reading Level: 7.6   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 14.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): >Gaby Rodriguez made national headlines in 2011 when, as a seventeen-year-old high school senior from Toppenish, Washington, she revealed she had faked a pregnancy for a class project. Her grades were in the top 5 percent of her graduating class, and she was a commencement speaker. She was also in the ASB Leadership group and president of the school's chapter of M.E.Ch.A (Movimiento Estudiantil de Chicanos de Aztlan: Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan). She was raised by her single mom, has seven brothers and sisters, and has been dating her boyfriend Jorge since 2008. She is currently attending college.

Jenna Glatzer is the author or ghostwriter of nineteen books, including The Marilyn Monroe Treasures; My Stolen Son with Susan Markowitz;Bullyproof Your Child for Life with Joel Haber, Ph.D.; and the authorized biography Celine Dion: For Keeps. She has written hundreds of articles for publications such as Woman’s World, Salon, AOL, and MSN, and is a frequent contributor to Writer’s Digest. She lives in New York with her daughter. Visit her at

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2013 Spring)
With Jenna Glatzer. In 2011 seventeen-year-old high-school student Rodriguez faked her own pregnancy as part of a senior project to expose the stereotypes and rumors concerning teenage pregnancy. While the social experiment itself garnered a lot of media attention, this memoir reads more like a public service announcement, and its optimistic you-can-overcome-anything message is heavy-handed.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 December #2)

In April 2011, 17-year-old Rodriguez attracted widespread media attention when she revealed that she had faked a pregnancy for her senior project. In this initially slow-paced account, the honor student discusses the rationale behind and technicalities of her ruse, which she hoped would make her peers "take teen pregnancy seriously... and encourage them to make responsible decisions about their bodies and sexuality." Rodriguez also wanted her experiment to help shatter negative stereotypes—in her case, that she is predisposed to teen pregnancy given her family history. Rodriguez spends the first third of the book detailing her family background, including several teenage pregnancies, broken relationships, births (she has seven older siblings and 31 nieces and nephews), and deaths. She then reveals the emotional repercussions of her experiment (including her feelings of isolation and her guilt about lying to friends, family, and teachers). Writing clearly and offering incisive observations on her experiences, Rodriguez leaves readers with plenty to think about regarding teen pregnancy and society's reactions to it. Rodriguez's story is slated to become a Lifetime movie. Ages 14–up. Agent: Martin Literary Management. (Jan.)¦

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2012 April)

Gr 9 Up—Rodriguez's authentic voice is the highlight of this inspiring book on an often-uninspiring topic: teen pregnancy. The author reveals her innermost feelings, including her pro-life sentiment, and never glosses over the truth, even when discussing her own family's almost epidemic history with teen pregnancy. Although Rodriguez opens with her family's story, not the start of her senior project that became an overnight media sensation, the history is necessary and feels like a conversation with a friend. Once she begins to tell about her faked pregnancy to unmask stereotypes and find out what really happens to teen moms, it is difficult to put the book down. Wearing a wire-and-cloth pregnancy belly, Rodriguez made her way through six months of "pregnancy" while enduring all the stares, disappointed looks, and nasty comments from family, friends, and teachers. Her boyfriend, who was also a part of the project, was repeatedly pressured by his friends to leave Gaby before she and the baby destroyed his future. The day that the teen presented her senior project and removed her "baby bump" thrust her into the national spotlight. She hoped to help teens understand pregnancy and to challenge them to live up to their own expectations, not down to the expectations of others. The Lifetime network recently aired the movie version of this story. A recommended purchase for all teen collections.—Cindy Wall, Southington Library & Museum, CT

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