Review: Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley

April 21, 2014 Review 12

Don't Call Me BabyPages: 304
Publication: April 22nd 2014 by Harper Teen 
Series: N/A – Stand Alone
Source: Harper Teen via Edelweiss

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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.

 My Thoughts & Review
Don’t Call Me Baby is not a type of book that I normally go for but when I seen that it was about a girl whose mother was a “mommy blogger” that immediately piqued my interest.

I liked Imogene, the main character, very much. She had a bit of spite in her and was slightly dramatic but altogether a very realistic character. I empathized with her throughout the whole book because her mother was so flighty though. I think it would be AWFUL to live in a small town and have everyone, along with the rest of the world, know what you were going through in every aspect of your life. Imogen’s mother Meg was SO annoying! Her life was her blog and she just pushed and pushed Imogene further and further away. Grandma Hope and Imogene’s father were much better, but on the other hand, they didn’t really stick up for Imogene very much and that grated on my nerves. Sage was a fun best friend as well, and I liked how they both shared the experience of being daughter’s of bloggers.

Don’t Call Me Baby was definitely one of the most realistic contemporaries I have read in a while. Imogene and Sage’s reactions and conversations were very much like what you would expect from a ninth grader and their respective crushes were also extremely realistic. I very much enjoyed that there wasn’t any of the dreaded insta love here, and the romances that the girls had were light, fun and sweet.

I loved the way it was written. There are alternating blog posts from Mommylicious, Imogene, and Sage’s blogs that open up into the chapter. I really liked that aspect and the blog posts were written very distinctively so I could easily tell who’s post it was without reading the title. I also loved the chapter titles, they were fun and catchy and really went well with the theme of the chapter.

The story is fun, light and easy to read. I read the entire book in one sitting because the writing style was just so grabbing. While the story got a bit draggy at times, I enjoyed the messages that were given and I liked how everything came together in the end.

All in all, I would recommend Don’t Call Me Baby if you are interested in a light, fun, one sitting read. It was interesting to read the perspective of a blogger’s daughter and it was very easy to put myself in the main character’s shoes.

Review: Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley


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

  1. Rebecca @ The Library Canary

    I wasn’t the biggest fan of this one. For me, the voice was just too young and it didn’t work for me. I hated her mom, she was horrible. Did not care about anyone but herself. Grr…and I didn’t like that her and Sage got in that massive fight for majority of the book. It wasn’t awful and I think that a younger reader would probably enjoy it more than I did, but I was disappointed by it.
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    • Lauren

      Gosh, her mom was horrid eh? I would die if my mom was like that online. Ugh. You know what, in hindsight… even though I only finished this yesterday, I’m already forgetting a lot of it. Ooops! I think it’s definitely for a younger audience as well!

  2. Kirsty-Marie

    I wouldn’t usually got for it either, but the bloggers thing sucked me in…and I wish it hadn’t. It angered me to no avail but I couldn’t stop reading it. I couldn’t understand her mother at all, the things she did was just awful and kind of disgusting for a parent to do, and I kind of felt those things a bit unrealistic. I didn’t really like how it ended either, for me I just felt like it was a cop-out, especially with all the supposed times they’d tried talking to them about it and they wouldn’t listen. Glad you liked it a bit better than me!:)
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    • Lauren

      I agree, the things she did as a parent were awful. Like she let her blog decide the name?? So weird!! I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much 🙁

    • Lauren

      GOSH! I know right, out of all the POV’s, your mothers is not the one you wanted shared haha. I hope you enjoy it as well Michelle 🙂

    • Lauren

      Thanks Mel 🙂 I was pleasantly surprised but it definitely wasn’t something that would have caught my eye otherwise … the blogger thing just intrigued me a bit haha.

    • Lauren

      I loved the blogging aspect, and the “blog speak” I found it relevant as well, unfortunately I just really disliked her mother :S It was a fun, cute story though and one I definitely enjoyed! Glad you liked it too Alexa 🙂

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