Author: Gwendolyn Heasley
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Little Bird Publicity
Goodreads: 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 mothers 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.
Ope’s Opinion: This is definitely a younger adult book, but it is really cute. It is a quick, easy, fun read.
I have a granddaughter, that has been blogged about since we knew she was on her way. Her mother ( my daughter ) The Underestimated Mom has been blogging for along time. I am wondering how her daughter will feel when she is fifteen. I will be passing this book on to her. My daughter/granddaughter’s situation is nothing like the book, but it is interesting to see the next generations reaction to all the blogs out there.
Teen years are hard enough – I can’t imagine being on display for all the world to watch me go through that time in my life. The mother/daughter relationship isn’t always easy – it was good to see both sides of this issue.
I do like how things ended in the book. I am interested in reading another book by Gwendolyn Heasley.
Rating: Three Chairs – I like the book enough to suggest it to a friend or two.