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The Pregnancy Projectby Gaby Rodriguez
Synopses & Reviews
New York Times Bestseller
A breakout teen author explores the true meaning of popularity and how to survive middle school in this hysterically funny, touchingly honest contemporary memoir.
I was inspired by [Maya's] journey and made a point of saving a copy of Popular for my sister, who starts middle school this fall. Maybe if I had read it when I was her age, it could have saved me from a world of hurt, or at least put that world in perspective.” —Maude Apatow, New York Times Book Review
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.
"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.
When Emily Lindin was eleven years old, she was branded a andldquo;slutandrdquo; by the rest of her classmates. For the next few years of her life, she was bullied incessantly at school, after school, and online. At the time, Emily didnand#39;t feel comfortable confiding in her parents or in the other adults her my life. But she did keep a diary. Slut/UnSlut is adapted from Emilyandrsquo;s much-acclaimed blog andldquo;The UnSlut Projectandrdquo; presenting unaltered excerpts from that diary alongside split-page commentary to provide context and perspective.
Regine Stokke began to blog about her day-to-day life shortly after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia in 2008. Her stated purpose at the time was to give people a sense of what it was like to live with such a serious illness, and her blog became an almost instant classic. She writes openly about the emotional and physical aspects of her 15-month struggle to survive and explains how her disease impacts her life. In the course of her illness, Regine participated in photography exhibits, went to concerts, enjoyed her friends and family, and advocated for registering as a blood and bone marrow donor. She was a typical teenager with an incredible will to live, and the lessons that she learned have relevance for us all. Through her eyes, readers will discover a more vivid world, and a new appreciation for life, art, and the power of the human spirit.
The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy rocked her community and made international headlines.
It started as a school project…but turned into so much more.
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 outsiders perspective, it was practically a family tradition. Gaby had ambitions that didnt include teen motherhood. But she wondered: how would she be treated if she “lived down” to others' 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 Gabys 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.
In The Pregnancy Project, Gaby details how she was able to fake her own pregnancy—hiding the truth from even her siblings and boyfriends parents—and reveals all that she learned from the experience. But more than that, Gabys 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.
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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