Don’t Call Me Baby
Author: Gwendolyn Heasley
Reading Level: Young Adult
Released: April 22nd 2014
Review Source: HarperTeen
All her life, Imogene has been known as the girl on THAT blog.
Imogene’s mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing, and incredibly popular, blog about her since before she was born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when Imogene had her first period. Imogene’s crush saw her “before and after” orthodontia photos. But Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her, in gruesome detail, against her will.
When a mandatory school project compels Imogene to start her own blog, Imogene is reluctant to expose even more of her life online…until she realizes that the project is the opportunity she’s been waiting for to tell the truth about her life under the virtual microscope and to define herself for the first time.
Don’t Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and irrepressibly charming story about
and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and the surface-level identities we show the world online and the truth you can see only in real life.
Don’t Call Me Baby, is a novel where mother writes all about her daughter’s life online. You know we moms. We find a hobby that we love and stick with it to no end. This mom has truly taken her daily posts to the next level. Her long list of online readers follow her updates over the years. As time goes by the daughter (who is the highlight of many of these posts) decide that it is time to turn the tables in the world of technology and blogging. A school project is taken to a whole other level and things begin to get a bit out of hand.
I was very eager to read this novel. The thought of a mommy blogger, blogging about life in general and especially the life of her lovely daughter was a very interesting story line to me. Sometimes as I mother I’m very cautious about what I post online regarding my little ones. So seeing how this author approached this topic peaked my interest.
I thought that the topic for the novel was very original, thus the three tree review. As it was something that I have never seen done before. The description of the characters were well planned out and very descriptive in the story, however it lacked something more for me. It truly seemed a bit juvenile at times, almost feeling as if it was not in the realm of young adult fiction. I truly give the author credit for originality, but it needed just a little more to bring the story line to full circle. As always, I am just one voice, of many. HarperTeen will be giving away a copy of Don’t Call Me Baby. Just enter the giveaway below and you may have the chance to see if you walk away with another perspective of the novel.