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The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir

The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir - Gaby Rodriguez The writing seemed very juveline, and this girl is supposed to be 18. The backstory about her family took up a good half, and it dragged on. The actual content about her MONTHS pretending to be pregnant were only a few pages. The same thoughts about her family being disappointed repeated incessantly. I didn't really feel bad for the way she was treated because she brought this upon herself knowing what would happen, and honestly I don't know what point she was trying to make. That pregnant teens are looked down on? Yeah, no shit. Everybody already knew that. How badly they're treated? Well Gaby didn't seem like her life was too bad, she kept all her good friends and her boyfriend. She wasn't called any horrible names, and the things people said about her - please, she was 16, my toddler niece could come up with more hurtful words. I've missed the point here.

The second half is probably 90% her talking about defying stereotypes and how she's upset that everyone could believe she would get pregnant. What stereotype did she defy? She wasn't actually pregnant. She is a smart, ambitious Latina girl who seemed like she had her whole life ahead of her. Of course people aren't going to believe you got pregnant!

The drama with her brother's drinking seemed like random filler to me. And to mention that at your presentation? That's incredibly tasteless.

It's to be noted that I've never written a review. This book deserved it.

The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir

The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir - Gaby Rodriguez The writing seemed very juveline, and this girl is supposed to be 18. The backstory about her family took up a good half, and it dragged on. The actual content about her MONTHS pretending to be pregnant were only a few pages. The same thoughts about her family being disappointed repeated incessantly. I didn't really feel bad for the way she was treated because she brought this upon herself knowing what would happen, and honestly I don't know what point she was trying to make. That pregnant teens are looked down on? Yeah, no shit. Everybody already knew that. How badly they're treated? Well Gaby didn't seem like her life was too bad, she kept all her good friends and her boyfriend. She wasn't called any horrible names, and the things people said about her - please, she was 16, my toddler niece could come up with more hurtful words. I've missed the point here.

The second half is probably 90% her talking about defying stereotypes and how she's upset that everyone could believe she would get pregnant. What stereotype did she defy? She wasn't actually pregnant. She is a smart, ambitious Latina girl who seemed like she had her whole life ahead of her. Of course people aren't going to believe you got pregnant!

The drama with her brother's drinking seemed like random filler to me. And to mention that at your presentation? That's incredibly tasteless.

It's to be noted that I've never written a review. This book deserved it.

Marked (House of Night, Book 1)

Marked - Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast So this book is....interesting. I suppose if you're looking for a book that is incredibly fake, this is a good choice. First, the language. If I have to read the phrase "hag(s) from hell" one more time, I might shoot someone. It says on the back that P.C. Cast used her daughter to make it sound more teenaged. Well, she failed. I'm 17, and I can say that no one I know talks like Zoey and her friends. Damien is perhaps the worst case of this. He is the stereotypical gay best friend who constantly references his sexuality like it defines him, and also speaks straight out of the dictionary. His dialogue is thus a pain to read, because you're switching between large words that are so obviously plucked from a thesaurus, and excessive flamboyancy. Nice try.

Another point worth mentioning is the author's obsession with sex. I know its a young adult book, but honestly, a year ago (when I was sixteen) I didn't focus on sex that much. From the supposed oral sex scene, to Aphrodite rubbing her crotch, and Zoey thinking about boobs all the time, it came across as really forced to me. Yeah, I like a little passion in books, and I like some making out or even just brief sex scenes a la "Breaking Dawn" (can't believe I referenced that; HATE that book). But it just felt like sexy fluff that was put it to entice the exceptionally horny teenager into reading.
*SPOILER*

Note: I started reading the second book, but after she started getting dirty with the teacher or whomever, I stopped. I am never reading this series again.

Marked (House of Night, Book 1)

Marked - Kristin Cast, P.C. Cast So this book is....interesting. I suppose if you're looking for a book that is incredibly fake, this is a good choice. First, the language. If I have to read the phrase "hag(s) from hell" one more time, I might shoot someone. It says on the back that P.C. Cast used her daughter to make it sound more teenaged. Well, she failed. I'm 17, and I can say that no one I know talks like Zoey and her friends. Damien is perhaps the worst case of this. He is the stereotypical gay best friend who constantly references his sexuality like it defines him, and also speaks straight out of the dictionary. His dialogue is thus a pain to read, because you're switching between large words that are so obviously plucked from a thesaurus, and excessive flamboyancy. Nice try.

Another point worth mentioning is the author's obsession with sex. I know its a young adult book, but honestly, a year ago (when I was sixteen) I didn't focus on sex that much. From the supposed oral sex scene, to Aphrodite rubbing her crotch, and Zoey thinking about boobs all the time, it came across as really forced to me. Yeah, I like a little passion in books, and I like some making out or even just brief sex scenes a la "Breaking Dawn" (can't believe I referenced that; HATE that book). But it just felt like sexy fluff that was put it to entice the exceptionally horny teenager into reading.
*SPOILER*

Note: I started reading the second book, but after she started getting dirty with the teacher or whomever, I stopped. I am never reading this series again.

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