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

Don't call me babyTitle: Don’t Call Me Baby
Author: Gwendolyn Heasley
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Day: April 22, 2014

Book Summary:

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.





Being a blogger I think I appreciated this book more than someone who doesn’t blog would.  The situation and questions that were raised were ones I could relate to.  As a blogger I can also relate to Imogene’s mom and the satisfaction she feels and connections she makes through blogging. I have teenagers who don’t always love me posting their picture or tagging them on instagram & facebook or making comments on anything they post because they like their privacy. So I understand where both characters in this book are coming from.

Overall I found this story to be an enjoyable read.  It has a younger more innocent feel than most of the young adult books I’ve read.  Other than a couple of swear words it was totally clean.  I especially enjoyed Imogene’s interactions with her father and grandma.

Don’t Call Me baby is not going to go down as a favorite of mine but I did enjoy reading it.. I’ve debated between 3.5 and 4 stars but opted to round up cause this is a great book for the right audience.

4 stars


Rating: 4 Stars – Great Book

Content: A couple swear words

Source: Ebook review copy

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  1. I am totally the mom that would embarrass my kids on my family blog…hehehe! This book sounds great. Great review.

  2. Oh, what an idea! Love the premise of this book.

  3. I love the cover! This storyline is also unique so I will definitely add this book to my TBR pile.
    Thanks for the review 🙂

  4. This book sounds awesome! Thank you for sharing! I have to say, the book trailer was pretty great too.