Book Review : Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

April 21, 2014 Book review 10 ★★★★

Don’t Call Me Baby was a light, fun book that held my attention from beginning to end.

Book Review : Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn HeasleyDon't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-04-22
Genres: Family, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
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four-stars

Perfect for fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Huntley Fitzpatrick, Don't Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and our online selves and the truth you can only see in real life.

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.  The thing is, Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her.  In gruesome detail.

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 define herself for the first time.

First Line of Don’t Call Me Baby:

“Do you know what it’s like to be recognized at the mall by random moms pushing strollers when you’re just trying to hang out with friends?”.

My Thoughts on Don’t Call Me Baby:

I really enjoyed this book; it’s a quick entertaining read.  Anyone who blogs should enjoy the amount of blog talk in the book and it is also food for thought for bloggers.  The main character has a mother who documents every part of her daughter’s life on her blog.  Yes, EVERY part, I repeat every part *cringe*!  Nothing is deemed too private to share.

Imogene is now in ninth grade and is ready to rebel.  She no longer wants strangers or people she knows in real life to be privy to her whole life.  And I don’t blame her.  But in order to make her mother listen, she makes her protest by starting her own blog.  It’s blog war!  Keyboards and mouses at dawn!  And good fun to read about.  Imogene is a likeable character and her mother is a bit annoying but good at heart so you know that all is going to end well.  The journey to the happy ending though is charming, feel good read.

It does make you think about the details you share on line and how they might affect someone else.  I don’t overly share about anyone else in my life but if I ever do I make sure I run it by them first and I think this is important to do and this book highlights that also.  The book also reminds you of the pleasure and freedom of going ‘unplugged’ every now and again.  A lesson I need constant reminding of!

Overall this is light book about the growth and development of a teenager and the mother/daughter relationship.  There is a romance in the book as a side story and it’s sweet and enjoyable.

 

Rating Report
Characters
three-half-stars
Setting
four-stars
Pace
four-stars
Did I feel it?
four-stars
Overall: four-stars

Who should read Don’t Call Me Baby?

If you like contemporary books that cover some growing up issues then I’d recommend this one to you.  As there is a lot of ‘blogging talk’ in the book, I’d also recommend to bloggers who enjoy books that focus on blogs.

Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

four-stars

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10 Responses to “Book Review : Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley”

  1. Kate @ Midnight Book Girl

    This sounds like a cute summer read! When I first started blogging I followed tons of people, including lots of mom bloggers (and I still keep up with a few despite the fact that the Hubs and I are childless). Sometimes is does seem that so much of the kids lives are up to public consumption, so I love the idea of a book from one of those kid’s perspective. I’ll definitely be on the lookout for this on!
    Kate @ Midnight Book Girl recently posted…Short and Tweet Review of Touch & Go

    • trish

      It’s a fun read Kate. Like you we are childless but I’m fascinated by the subject. I do think people overshare and that’s fine when it’s your life but if it’s someone elses, I dunno. There has to be a line drawn somewhere.

    • trish

      It would be a lovely, light summer read Jenea. I actually read it on a flight and it was perfect for that as it kept my attention and never got too heavy.

    • trish

      This book is really light Charleen. It looks at the issues but not in a really in-depth way. It’s a fun, fluffy read that I really enjoyed but the themes are only covered at a fairly superficial level. Still makes you think though.

    • trish

      It’s cute whenever you are looking for an easy, fun read. The plot wasn’t overdeveloped but that was exactly what I was in the mood for that day – fun and fluffy.

    • trish

      It’s a very surface level look at the mother daughter relationship. But for a fun, fluffy read, it’s perfect.

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