Fake pregnancy is about a real cause


“The Pregnancy Project,” a memoir by Gaby Rodriguez and Jenna Glatzer, is a book that every young woman and girl should read.
This story is a powerful recollection of Gaby’s senior project in which she fought statistics and stereotypes by faking her own pregnancy.
Gaby tells her story starting with her family’s history, which is full of teen pregnancy and hardship. Gaby’s mother was 14 when she became pregnant with her first of eight children. All of Gaby’s siblings became teen parents as well. Gaby is the youngest and was expected to follow in her mother’s and older siblings’ footsteps by becoming a struggling teen parent.
The odds were stacked against Gaby from the beginning of her life because of stereotyping and her family members’ mistakes. She was determined to not only do an amazing job on her senior project, but also to make a difference in people’s lives and to change how teens look at unprotected sex and teen pregnancy.
After getting approval from administrators at her school, Gaby began her research by planting little hints until the secret came out about the pregnancy. Gaby’s mother created a fake belly that Gaby wore around her school for the most of her senior year. Almost everyone gave Gaby negative reactions, including Gaby’s boyfriend’s parents, who didn’t talk to him for weeks after the fake announcement.
Only a few people knew about the project, making the project an around the clock commitment. Even at home Gaby was not safe unless she was completely alone because none of her siblings knew that the pregnancy was fake.
When the time came to finally reveal that the pregnancy was fake Gaby was very nervous because she didn’t know how people would react to the project. She feared that the people in her school would not understand the meaning behind the project.
Gaby revealed her project in a school wide assembly. The reactions she got were varied but effective. She got her point across by sharing some of the nasty things that were said about her around school, collected by her best friend who acted as her eyes and ears around the school. The community and people were shocked.
After the presentation, the media blew up. Gaby was constantly harassed to share her motives and experiences about the project. It got out of hand until Gaby finally gave in and did a few talk shows to get her story out.
“The Pregnancy Project” is such a powerful book that once you pick it up, it will be impossible to put down. Every teenage girl should read this book because it will change how you look at teen pregnancy and how you see people through stereotypes. This book inspires you to look beyond the stereotypes the world puts on you and to follow your dreams even if all the odds are stacked against you.