Pregnancy Project By Marissa Allen and Lily Abner


Growing up, Gaby Rodriguez was often told by her family members that she would end up a teen mom. She was told this because her mother and her older sisters had gotten pregnant as teenagers . But she wondered: how would she be treated if she got pregnant? Would everyone ignore the years she put into being a good student and just see her as one of the teen moms who has no future and completely threw her life away? These questions formed Gaby’s high school senior project. She would fake her own pregnancy to see how her family and friends would react. What she learned changed her life forever.


The setting of the story is mainly in Gabby’s school and her house. Gabby lives in Yakima, Washington


Gabby Rodrigues is the main character who creates the project and comes up with the idea to do the project. She decides this because of what happens with statistics of teen moms and their kids becoming teen moms.

Gabby’s mom is another main character who didn't like the idea of the project but decided to support Gabby because she knew she would need it.

The last main character is Jorge (Gabby’s boyfriend). He was not fond of this project right from the beginning. This was mainly because Gabby told him that he couldn't tell his parents that this was a fake pregnancy, but he went along with it anyway.

Gabby tells all these people that she is not actually pregnant because she knows from the beginning that she needs some support going through all of this and also she didn't want to wreck these relationships with a fake pregnancy.


The conflict of the story is that Gabby needs to figure out what to write for her school project. Her family members in the past has a history of getting pregnant at a young age. She wanted to write something that was important to her so she chose to pretend to be pregnant and see the reactions she gets from her friends and family.


These are some vocab words that we thought made reading the book more interesting and a more difficult book to read.

fervently: with passionate fervor

obscure: not clearly understood or expressed

perennial: lasting an indefinitely long time

repentant: feeling or expressing remorse for misdeeds

vulnerable: capable of being wounded or hurt

dubiously: in a doubtful manner

grappling: the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat

ambivalence: mixed feelings or emotions


The Author’s tone is serious about getting her point across and telling her story.


Dialogue- Example: “‘Is this really what you want to do Gaby?’ she asked. She seemed incredulous that I’d choose to do such a thing.

‘Yes, I’ve thought a lot about it.’

The more we talked about my family and my motivation, the more excited she got about the idea.” (pg. 173) This is an example of dialogue in the book. This makes the book a lot more interesting to read.

Internal monologue- Example “He’s worth nothing she thought”(pg 10) an example of internal monologue when Gaby’s mom found her husband cheating.

Solo Line- Example: “I froze in my tracks.”(pg 178) Gaby uses a solo line to show how she stopped quickly when she saw reporters tracing her down to get her comments about near the end of the book.


A connection I can make to Pregnancy project is the show “Secret life of an American teenager” In the show a fifteen year old girl in high school finds out she is pregnant and goes through with the pregnancy. The show is about her journey and dealing with her experiences. I have watched all seasons and it reminds me of Gabby's story.


Pregnancy project is a inspiring book that tells the story of a teen who wanted to write about something that was important to her. She did all this without knowing the impact it could have on other people. This was a widespread story that spread awareness and inspired others to make a difference.


I would recommend this book because it is very interesting the whole way through. For me I never got bored with reading this. One thing that I didn't enjoy was there was a lot of back round information about her family and not enough content about when she was actually faking the pregnancy. This book wasn't a very hard book to read, there were some difficult words in there but you could figure those out using context clues. Overall I think this is a really good book to read.

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