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This review is from: The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir (Hardcover)
Gaby Rodriguez set out to investigate and confront many of the stereotypes of the Latina. Her mother was pregnant at 14, her older sisters followed in their mother's footsteps and became young mothers as well. Getting pregnant young seemed to be family tradition. Gaby seeing her mother and siblings could have fallen into the same trap of young motherhood. However, seeing the struggles of her mother and sibilings provided Gaby with the impetus to do something different. She took to her schooling and wanted to be educated to help others.
Her pregnancy project was useful since it gave her perspective into the world of the teen mother. Gaby used her project to gauge not only the perspectives of others on her but it gave her insight into the quirky social aspects of high school culture where gossip and rumor are sometimes better than facts. Much of her success came through the work and support of her mother and boyfriend who knew the truth and supported her through her whole time she was "pregnant." Confronting the stereotypes of the Latina she used her project to speak to prejudices that are held about the Latina. This is relatable to prejudices held about other types of young women in similar situations of racial minority and poverty.