- May 31 - King Library Opens at 1:00 PM
The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez created a firestorm for the author when it was revealed that she had faked a pregnancy for her senior project. The book is an inspiring read about a teen who sought a way to give voice to a group of people who are often looked down upon by peers, teachers, and their families.
Teens are taught by adults that teen pregnancy should be frowned upon. Gaby has grown up in an economically-disadvantaged household where all of her immediate family have been teen parents. Gaby has seen first-hand how difficult it is to raise children as a teen through her mother and seven siblings. However, she also wonders if the very stereotypes about teens who become parents perpetuates the problem from generation to generation.
Gaby comes up with an innovative solution to this problem. She decides to fake a pregnancy to see how her family, friends, and teachers treat her, after they find out she is pregnant. Once she is done with the project, she will reveal the stereotypes she has seen and hopefully help teens who become pregnant.
As an honor student, she has been viewed as the hope for her family. However, there have been naysayers who say she will probably end up a teen mom as well. What happens when Gaby supposedly becomes pregnant? How will her friends and teachers react? How will her family react when they think that their one hope for future salvation is dashed?