Don’t Call Me Baby Book Review

Author: Gwendolyn Heasley


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.

Living in the age of tweeting, tumbling, and snapchatting, it was only a matter of time before the cute babies of the internet grew up and had their story told. We’ve all had times where mom or dad embarrasses us by telling stories and sharing pics, but it sounds like the ultimate horror!

Teens aren’t the only ones who can be addicted to the internet and have trouble communicating face-to-face, so when Imogene and her bestie turn the tables on their moms it’s sure to be both frustrating and fun.

Check out Gwendolyn Heasley’s other contemporary work, WHERE I BELONG and A LONG WAY FROM YOU.

Heasley delivers her message without compromising frothy fun. … This surprisingly poignant comedy about teen-parent communication has enough bite to pique the interest of any teenager having trouble interacting meaningfully with her parents.  (Kirkus Review)

A pitch-perfect comedy that’s also full of heart. You will LOL. (Lauren Morrill, author of MEANT TO BE and BEING SLOANE JACOBS)


YA Contemporary
Paperback & ebook, 304 pages

Published on April 22nd 2014 by Harper Teen
ISBN 0062208527