I heard about the book The Pregnancy Project at the beginning of the summer and it went on my list of books I wanted to read. I finally got around to it last month and I was not disappointed. It is a memoir written by Gaby Rodriguez about her senior project. The high school that Gaby attends requires all seniors to come up with a project. Gaby decides that for her senior project, she is going to fake her own pregnancy to see how people react to her. Gaby lived in a low-income community and was the youngest of seven children. Her own mother had her first baby at age 15. Most of Gaby’s brothers and sisters had babies in their teens. But Gaby was different.
Gaby always put her grades and school ahead of anything else. She had great grades and had never been in any trouble. She had a steady boyfriend and helped out with her nieces, nephews and sick grandmother. All of her older siblings warned her not to get pregnant as a teen. Gaby wanted to see what would happen when people – her teachers, her family, her peers, her friends thought that she was pregnant. She knew it was going to be rough. And it was. The things people said where downright mean. She was ready to quit. But, she didn’t. And when she revealed that she wasn’t really pregnant, things got even more interesting. Gaby was hunted down by news agencies and television talk show hosts. Lifetime even turned her story into a movie.
I found Gaby’s story to be very compelling and brave. I found the book to be okay. I am a HUGE fan of memoirs; they are one of my favorite genres and I will read just about any one that I come across. This was not the best written book I have ever read. I would recommend it to read because it is a very cool story and it makes you think twice about judging people and their situations but I would have to warn the reader that it is not the best memoir that I have read. It did make me think about when I used to babysit in high school. There was one little girl that I baby sat all the time and I would take her to different places and people would give me dirty looks because they assumed she was my child. It always made me feel bad, so I could relate to how Gaby felt when she was being judged by others. I have not watched the movie yet, so if anyone has seen it, let me know what you thought in the comments!