“Don’t Call Me Baby” by Gwendolyn Heasley

 photo 18599687_zps7eb2def9.jpgAll 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.

I received this book from Katie at Little Bird Publicity/Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review.

The Review

Meg, otherwise known as “Mommylicious” has a successful and very popular blog.  Her daughter Imogene, otherwise known as “Babylicious”, is her main subject and has grown up under the eyes of all the website’s followers.  When she was younger, it was fun, but as Imogene becomes a teenager, she realizes being under the microscope and being the blog subject of “Mommylicious” instead of the daughter, is tiring, humiliating and invasive.  She tries to talk to her mother, but everything Imogene says, doesn’t get listened to by her mom, it’s instead logged as new material for her readers to give their input on.

When Imogene and her best friend Sage, who is also a victim of a mommy blogger, get the school assignment to start their own blogs, they decide it’s time to put their mothers under the microscope.  Maybe THEN they’ll listen to them!

To put it quite simply, it doesn’t work.  As Imogene blogs, she tones down her accusing and starts suggesting people “unplug” from electronics and start tuning into their families, especially their children.  Sage is still in the attack mode, so Imogene veering off the original plan makes Sage feel betrayed and it ruins their friendship.

What happens from there is about discovery, growing up, understanding and forgiveness.

I loved this book and couldn’t put it down except when I had to sleep or work, but the whole time I was away from the story, I went over it all in my head, thanking the stars above, my daughter and I have a stronger relationship then that.

It has a “Breakfast Club” feel to it. (For those who don’t know what “The Breakfast Club” is…Get it and watch it!!  You’ll feel a kindred spirit you never considered  you could get from a movie. There is a reason it’s a classic.)  All of the teenagers in the book have issues with their parents, their lives, etc. so what one sees as horrible, another sees as love and vice versa.  They share these experiences with each other and with us readers.  It makes us think (back) as a teenager and perhaps as parents.

“Don’t Call Me Baby” is a wonderfully written book that spans through several ages of readers.  From Pre-teen, to Teen, to Parents, to even Grandparents.  It was emotional, comical, and enlightening.

~Robin Malone
 


 

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 9
  • Characterization – 9
  • Style – 8
  • Threshold Quality – 8
  • Addictiveness – 10

Total – 44

Rating –5 Stars!