Author: Gwendolyn Heasley
Publication Date: April 22, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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.
Don’t Call Me Baby was about a girl who has grown up as the focus of her mom’s blog. This book is a subject which I have thought about a lot and I also think that in about ten years there is going to be a lot of teens having these conversations with their mommy blogging parents.
One thing about this story that bothers me is the lack of communication that Imogene has with her mother. I mean, she wants her mom to stop blogging about her but yet wrong just flat out tell her that. Communication is the key to getting what you want or even just a step closer to it. I understand not everyone is able to voice their opinions and feelings in a good way or even a neutral way however, it is what gets other people to see how you feel.
There was a lot of growing up in this book from young and old. I think it was great that even grandma Hope did some growing up and she was in her 70s. It shows that no matter how old you are you can always learn something about yourself.
The relationships seemed genuine and even though Imogene and Sage had a bit of a rough patch their relationship was good. It wasn’t just individuals that grew up but people as a pair and group.
I think that perhaps the subject of the book wouldn’t be interesting to some of you weren’t too into blogging and reading blogs because you can see where both sets of people are coming from. When my son was first born I had a blog for him, it was a mommy blog. I stopped blogging about him about a year to two years ago. I had a lot of thought about when he’s grown and not wanting anyone to see the things I write although it wasn’t bad or embarrassing the way Imogene had it. Her mom wrote about her period for goodness sake! I have also had thoughts on other people’s blogs that I read about the stuff they put on their blog, how everything they do is photographed and blogged about. How will their kids feel when they’re older? This is why I think this book is a foreshadowing of what a lot of families are going to go through when they get older.
I liked this book for those reasons. The subject is close to my thoughts and it was good to see how it all played out. It’s not something revolutionary but it is definitely a good read.