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The Pregnancy Projectby Gaby Rodriguez
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andlt;Bandgt;The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy rocked her community and made international headlines.andlt;/Bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;It started as a school projectand#8230;but turned into so much more.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers; from an outsiderand#8217;s perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Gaby had ambitions that didnand#8217;t include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how would she be treated if she and#8220;lived downand#8221; to othersandlt;Bandgt;'andlt;/Bandgt; expectations? Would everyone ignore the years she put into being a good student and see her as just another pregnant teen statistic with no future? These questions sparked Gabyand#8217;s school project: faking her own pregnancy as a high school senior to see how her family, friends, and community would react. What she learned changed her life forever, and made international headlines in the process.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In andlt;Iandgt;The Pregnancy Projectandlt;/Iandgt;, Gaby details how she was able to fake her own pregnancyand#8212;hiding the truth from even her siblings and boyfriendand#8217;s parentsand#8212;and reveals all that she learned from the experience. But more than that, Gabyand#8217;s story is about fighting stereotypes, and how one girl found the strength to come out from the shadow of low expectations to forge a bright future for herself.
"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.)Ã¢Â–" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A breakout teen author explores the true meaning of popularity in a hysterically funny, touchingly honest contemporary memoir.
Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help a shy girl become popular?
Maya Van Wagenen is about to find out.
Stuck near the bottom of the social ladder at pretty much the lowest level of people at school who arent paid to be here,” Maya has never been popular. But before starting eighth grade, she decides to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell.
The real-life results are hilarious, painful, and filled with unexpected surprises. Told with humor and grace, Mayas journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence, along with a better understanding of what it means to be popular.
Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was told more than once that she would end up a teen mom. After all, her mother had been a teen mom, and her older sisters had as well. Gaby had ambitions that didn't include becoming a young mother. But she wondered: how she would be perceived if she "lived down" to others expectations about the path her life would take? This question is what sparked Gaby's school project: fake her own pregnancy as a high school senior and see how her friends, family, and community reacts. What she learned changed her life forever. In THE PREGNANCY TEST, Gaby shares her experience growing up in the shadow of low expectations, reveals how she was able to fake her own pregnancy, and reveals all that she learned from the experience.
About the Author
andlt;Bandgt;Gaby Rodriguezandlt;/Bandgt; 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.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Bandgt;Jenna Glatzerandlt;/Bandgt; is the author or ghostwriter of nineteen books, including andlt;Iandgt;The Marilyn Monroe Treasuresandlt;/Iandgt;; andlt;Iandgt;My Stolen Sonandlt;/Iandgt; with Susan Markowitz;andlt;Iandgt;Bullyproof Your Child for Lifeandlt;/Iandgt; with Joel Haber, Ph.D.; and the authorized biography andlt;Iandgt;Celine Dion: For Keepsandlt;/Iandgt;. She has written hundreds of articles for publications such as andlt;iandgt;Womanand#8217;s Worldandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;Iandgt;Salon,andlt;/Iandgt; AOL, and MSN, and is a frequent contributor to andlt;iandgt;Writerand#8217;s Digestandlt;/iandgt;. She lives in New York with her daughter. Visit her at JennaGlatzer.com.
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