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Don't Call Me Baby

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Don't Call Me Baby

Fifteen-year-old Imogene feels violated. Her classmates and teachers as well as total strangers know intimate details about her life due to the fact that her mom writes an extremely popular blog, MomyliciousMeg.com. The website is a “mommy blog” that focuses entirely on Imogene’s growth and experiences. What started out as documentation of Imogene’s first steps and first day of kindergarten has now become an extremely embarrassing account of such events as Imogene’s first period and the fact that she doesn’t have a date to the school dance.

When Imogene’s teacher tells the class that they are expected to write their own blogs as part of a project, Imogene is devastated. She wants nothing to do with blogging, which, in her opinion, has been ruining her social life for years. However, Imogene soon realizes that she can use her blog as a tool to change the course of her life and show the world that she isn’t just “Babylicious” from her mom’s blog. Along with her best friend Sage, who’s rebelling against her own mom’s nutrition and vegan lifestyle blog, Imogene starts the “Mommy Bloggers’ Daughters” blog in an attempt to expose what her life has really been like.

DON’T CALL ME BABY presents serious issues in a thoughtful yet humorous manner.

Naturally, this plan meets opposition from Imogene’s mother, who has lost all regard for her daughter’s privacy in her quest for gaining new readers. As Imogene and Sage try to give their moms a taste of their own medicine, they turn their lives upside down. Their social interactions and family relationships are altered as they try to break free from the images that their mothers have created for them. But will their quest for revenge go too far? Are their mothers really as selfish as they seem? Read the book to find out!

DON’T CALL ME BABY is chiefly a coming of age book. Imogene develops from a timid victim into a strong confident young lady. The nature of her struggles and successes is probably familiar to all teenage girls. The novel also offers an interesting commentary on social networking, suggesting that much of what is posted online is surpassing the reasonable boundaries of privacy. Additionally, the book raises the idea that it is just as important for adults to be responsible online as it is for teenagers. Overall though, DON’T CALL ME BABY is about striving to be known as the person you are, not the person everyone else sees you as.

DON’T CALL ME BABY would be appealing to any teenage girl who has ever felt misunderstood by her parents. However, anyone who understands the harm that can be done by social networking or wants to learn more about it would enjoy this book. Despite its modern, light-hearted tone, DON’T CALL ME BABY presents serious issues in a thoughtful yet humorous manner.

Reviewed by Charlotte L., Teen Board Member on February 21, 2014

Don't Call Me Baby
by Gwendolyn Heasley

  • Publication Date: April 22, 2014
  • Genres: Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0062208527
  • ISBN-13: 9780062208521