The memoir of a girl faking her pregnancy as her senior project is extremely compelling, which is why I picked up The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez. However, despite it being an amazing book that takes a look at stereotypes and vicious cycles, the book was a bit slow-paced and didn't get to the main part of the story, the fake pregnancy, until about halfway through. Additionally, the whole pregnancy experiment part of the book was pretty short lived. Personally, I wished there was a bit more on it. That said, this book is still definitely worth the read. All the information leading up to the pregnancy seemed pretty crucial to the main message of the book which examined at all the damage stereotypes and judging does to people, especially to those at-risk teens and children.
"When you get pregnant as a teenager, a lot of people give up on you and treat you like garbage, no matter how smart or nice or hard working you were before,... Nobody wants to 'encourage teen pregnancy,' so they feel it's their duty to make you suffer. It is painful and scarring and it's why a lot of teen moms drop out."
This quote really hit me because I am one of those people who have judged teen moms before and I never really stopped to look at it from their point of view. That's the sad reality Rodriguez tried to get us to see: that we are all responsible in some way for succumbing to the pressures of stereotypes and that needs to stop. Now, I personally do not know any teen moms, but I do have family members who would be defined as at-risk teens and I can see how this same concept applies to them. In an effort to not encourage their behavior, we constantly put them down, not realizing that we are pushing them deeper down this road because we are the ones who constantly make them feel like they are worth nothing. All of this stereotyping and judging people based on who their family is and even who they look like they are hurts a lot.
This is definitely a book that needs to be read and re-read until its message sticks, and even then, it needs to be read some more. Despite my personal tastes and opinion in writing styles, this is a wonderfully written book with a message that should be spread around the globe. Gaby Rodriguez did a very good job at getting her message across to the world through this book. Congrats, although my congratulations might be a bit late, to Gaby Rodriquez and Jenna Glatzer for an amazing book. Your hard work and effort did not go unnoticed.
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