Author: Gwendolyn Heasley
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Harper Teen (April 22, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 3 Stars
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.
I picked this one up simply because of all the blogging references and I had a pretty good hunch that this was going to be one of those cutesy perfect in between reads we all need every now and then and that is exactly what I got.
And even though this is a cute fun read it isn't all fluff. It is very much a coming of age story all about personal space, respect, privacy and just plain and simply, growing up and becoming more than just a name or face.
I loved all the blogging references that only a true die hard blogger probably appreciated or got but it was fun nonetheless to take a look at how blogging can affect other people, as in the blogger's family. Are we putting too much personal stuff out there in the blogsphere and through social media? What is deemed safe and acceptable? Where is that line and how do we really know when we have crossed it?
I actually really liked Imogene and while she didn't always go about doing things and getting her point across to her family about her feelings of her mother's blog and the affect it had on her, she was a very realistic feeling teenager.
This was a very cute coming of age story and lived up to my expectations of the author. I love these feel good books with sweet messages and I can always count on Heasley to deliver them.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*