The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez with Jenna Glatzer, 9/10

The Pregnancy Project is an inspiring story about a teenage girl who must overcome disenabling stereotypes and independently pursue the strong individual that she would eventually like to become. As she comes from a poor family, Gaby’s peers do not expect her to make a large impact on the world, but from day one, that is exactly what she sets out to do. Despite being the youngest in a family of several teen moms and even a couple alcoholics, Gaby plans to reach her full potential and positively affect the environment in which she lives. Therefore, when the time comes for her to plan her senior project, she selects a unique undertaking that requires patience and immense courage. Gaby decides to fake a pregnancy in order to prove a point to her community about the extreme negativity of stereotypes and how they can prevent perfectly capable people from accomplishing their life goals. Originally, she is quite confident in her commitment to the pregnancy project. However, as the school year progresses and the backstabbing comments build up, Gaby’s motivation dwindles significantly. Her once dependable support system of family and friends suddenly crumbles beneath her, and she feels helpless as she encounters daily struggles with her emotional health. In the end though, the pain is worthwhile, for the results of Gaby’s project bring strength to thousands of teens living all around the world.

The Pregnancy Project is captivating because it provides insight into the life of a teenager with similar motives and desires to my own, but who comes from a completely different background. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing Gaby’s perspective from her experiences, for they are very relatable to my own and I can learn from the way that she dealt with the obstacles in her life. Also, as the author, Gaby used rich dialogue to describe both the uplifting and disheartening reactions that people expressed towards her project. I learned a lot about the other characters through their intriguing conversations throughout the novel. Overall, I would strongly recommend this book to teens who are looking to gain some fresh perspective or who may be battling with a degrading stereotype of their own.

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