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Don't Call Me Baby

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  1,844 ratings  ·  191 reviews
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 mot
Paperback, 304 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by HarperTeen
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I am confused.

I started reading Don't Call Me Baby expecting light and fun read, but can you blame me. Clue number one: look at that cover - sea, sunshine, naked legs. Screams summer romance and beach parties. Clue number two: read the book summary - wouldn't you expect something like diary entries trough which we will find out about secret crushes, first date, kissing on the beach under the moonlight. Or it is just me and what I wanted to read at that moment? After first ten pages I realized
Jenni Arndt
Apr 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
Oooh boy, this book and I did not get along very well at all. Upon starting it I got really nervous because the first thought I had was that it all felt really juvenile. Now that I am finished I can safely say that this novel will probably appeal much more to middle grade readers than young adult ones. Though to be completely honest, I won’t be recommending this book to anyone at anytime.

In Don’t Call Me Baby we are Imogene, a girl who has grown up being blogged about daily by her mother. Her mo
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Do you know what it's like to be recognised at the mall by random moms pushing strollers when you're just trying to hang out with your friends?

Don't Call Me Baby begins with this cryptic, direct line that summarises the story perfectly. Imogene Luden's mother has been writing an incredibly embarrassing but incredibly popular blog about her since before she was even born. Hundreds of thousands of perfect strangers knew when her first period arrived. Her crush saw her "before" and "after" orth
Aug 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Imogene Luden has been the star of her mother, Meg's blog since conception. Her mother documented every detail about her; from first word, first walk, to first period. Yikes! Imogene has two identities: Babylicious, the blog star, and Imogene, the girl next door.

Now, at fifteen years old, she still continues to be her mother's business subject. But this year Imogene is assigned a blog project for her English class and she decides to speak her mind about what she really thinks of Mommylicious an
Check out more of my reviews at Singing and Reading in the Rain!

While Gwendolyn Heasley’s new novel can at first be dismissed as a lighthearted read about the inevitable struggle between one’s parent and themselves, it quickly morphs into something less simplistic. It endeavors to reach a new type of depth and create a coming-of-age story, when it is very obviously not.

Imogene suffers from a lifestyle under the scrutiny of the majority of the population. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that he
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
The first thing you need to know about Don’t Call Me Baby is that it’s not Young Adult at all, it’s actually much closer to a Middle Grade read, and if you approach it as such, you’re going to be a very happy camper. If, however, you’re looking for a YA read with everything that entails (including kissing, yes), you’re going to have to look elsewhere. I was forewarned and fully prepared for a younger protagonist, which is probably (at least in part) why I ended up enjoying this book immensely.

Trish at Between My Lines
Don’t Call Me Baby was a light, fun book that held my attention from beginning to end.

First Line of Don’t Call Me Baby:

“Do you know what it’s like to be recognized at the mall by random moms pushing strollers when you’re just trying to hang out with friends?”.

My Thoughts on Don’t Call Me Baby:

I really enjoyed this book; it’s a quick entertaining read. Anyone who blogs should enjoy the amount of blog talk in the book and it is also food for thought for bloggers. The main character has a mother wh
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Oh, wow, I don't understand why this book has such low ratings. Do the people reading this book understand that "mommy bloggers" are an actual thing? I'm not sure they do. I definitely understand that this book isn't going to be well-received or understood by everyone, but I have definitely spent time wondering what it must be like to be the child of a parenting/family blogger/vlogger who has their family out in the spotlight. I actually found this book on a 'social media in YA' booklist, and I' ...more
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really love this book and it's definitely something that you should read! I love the story line and it's a great fast read. ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very cute coming of age novel that addressed issues between mothers and daughters. As a mother to a teenage girl, I was interested to read the daughter's perspective on her relationship with her mother. I'm also a mom who takes a lot of pictures and it never occurred to me that my kids might not enjoy having those memories as much as I do. After reading this book, I'm going to be more mindful of what pictures I share at least, if not what pictures I take.

I like how both sides were abl
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copies
This may seem strange but, one of the things I like about this book is that the main character, Imogene, lives in a two-parent, mother-father home where no one is sick, including grandma who lives with them. Not that there’s anything wrong with single-parent, two-mommy or two-daddy families, or stories where a parent or child is dying or has died, but it’s refreshing to read a story that doesn’t have any of those elements.

But that doesn’t mean life is hunky dory and Imogene is a happy 15-year-ol
Dec 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, arc
This review also appears on YA Midnight Reads.

1.5 stars

Don’t Call Me Baby left me with very conflicted feelings. For the majority of the book, I was perfectly content with giving it one star, since I pretty much hated it. But when I reached the ending, I felt much better about the book and I thought the ending was worth three stars. The logical thing would be to give this book 2 stars, then, but the first part was longer than the second, so I’m giving this 1.5 stars. Since I felt very differentl
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

Even with its length, Don't Call Me Baby has a pretty solid story. I loved seeing how Imogene came to terms with her life as the daughter of a "mommy blogger", and how everything changed for her over the course of just about one year. It also made me think a lot about blogging and the digital world, which was something I appreciated.


Don’t Call Me Baby is a thoughtfully written novel. It really is Imogene’s story of learning how to stand up for herself, and get a message ac
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This book was super corny and cheesy, and the dialogue felt forced, but it was an interesting story at least. Just something fun to entertain myself for a few hours.
Jamie (The Perpetual Page-Turner)
1.5 stars in reality!

Ah…so this book. I almost put it down. Truthfully? I kept going because I really wanted to, for once, make my Goodreads goal and so I pressed on. Even though I really should have reminded myself of THIS. Anyways, I really liked the concept of this book but it didn’t quite pan out the way I had hoped.

What I Liked:

- the plot: It was new and fresh and as a blogger felt kind of relevant to me — the daughter of a popular mommy blogger is fed up with her mom’s invasion of privacy
Brandy Painter
Jun 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here on Random Musings of a Bibliophile.

When I discovered what Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley was about, I immediately wanted to read it because I like books that explore online dynamics and family dynamics. A book with both seemed a perfect fit for me and this one does both fairly well.

I have never understood the world of mommy-blogs. To be perfectly honest, they creep me out. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there who don't get why people blog about books eith
4 stars -- close to 4.5.

Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Reading Don’t Call Me Baby was an ironic experience. On one hand, I could totally understand where Imogene was coming from. She wanted her privacy; she didn’t want her mom to tell the world about every little thing going on with her. But on the other, as a blogger myself, I know there are so many positives experiences to come out of writing in your corner of the internet.

But Imogene’s mom definitely took blogging to a whol
Rebecca (Unbound Pages)
This review is also on my blog, The Library Canary.

***I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my open and honest opinion.***

I grabbed this book because it mentioned blogging and obviously I relate to that. The story is about a girl whose mom runs a very successful mommy blog. Well that was cute and fun when she was a kid, but now she’s starting high school and it’s not okay an
Jen Ryland
I liked this book, but think it definitely falls on the very young side of the YA spectrum. Not only is Imogen on the young end of YA heroines (she's 15 and still in middle school) but the story's main conflict -- Imogen wants her mother to stop posting personal information about her on a popular "Mommy Blog" and starts her own blog to fight back and set the record straight -- felt much more like a tween-age "my family is soooo annoying" conflict than a YA-style conflict.

By the cover you might
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This one is an easy-breezy read that touches lightly on some timely drama between a teen girl and her mom. Imogene is 15 and for her whole life has been the subject of her mom's blog. Though she has repeatedly asked her mother to stop reporting every detail of her life to the world wide web, and even goes to great lengths to avoid her mother, Mommylicious (ew) doesn't pick up on the hint. As a result, Imogene starts her own blog for an English assignment, and uses it to tell her side of the stor ...more
Debbie Narh
0.5 Stars

This book is just a mess. For someone who hates blogs, our main character talks about them non-stop. Actually, the whole pitch for this book sounds really ridiculous the longer I think about it and I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. I also had to laugh at the blog, mommylicious (?) because it's such a joke. Instead of sounding like a woman in her 30's/40's, this mother of Imogene sounds younger than her. The blog is childlike, like a 12 year old trying to make
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2015
- I have this (weird) thing where i don't read books in which the MC is younger than 16...bc i'm 18 and i feel like I'm reading a children's book & i just find everything so childish...sue me for being weird :p
But this book was okay...i could pretend Imogene was 16
- I would have said the romance is underdeveloped, but thats bc i'm used to YA its fine for this book
- The premise was interesting but i was left disappointed with the book as a whole
- It was horrible but it wasn't
Feb 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, ever.

The writing itself has me bewildered, the author writes as if she believes us dumb creatures that can't put two and two together.

'Mommylicious' was such an annoying person, I understand that the blog has been a major part of her life and she has had to deal with a lot, but she is completely engrossed with it, for her to leave it so suddenly is convenient to the plot succession way too obviously.

The plot itself was really weird, like. without any com
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and was very happy that I only found one grammar mistake not like many other books.
Rachel Brand
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Imogene’s mother has been blogging about her since before she was even born at, and although being in the lime-light constantly may be exciting for a seven-year-old, she’s failing to see the appeal now that she’s gearing up to enter high school. Her mom has blogged about her braces, her first period, and taken far more bed-head photographs than Imogene can count. But no matter how many times Imogene tries to drop hints to her mom about cooling off on the blogging, she just doesn ...more
The entirety of Imogene's life has been made public through her mother's ongoing blog--even her name was chosen by her mother's readers. Now, at 15 and starting 9th grade [with no explanation of why she's a year late starting], Imogene has had enough. All her mother thinks about is the blog, and every picture she takes of Imogene goes on the blog, their main source of income is the blog, etc. Even the fact of Imogene's first period and first padded bra were out for public consumption, including ...more
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The original review of this title can be found here on The Book Hookup.

Christina's Review:

Initial Thoughts and Rating: Actual rating of 2.5 stars! I think Ms. Heasley perfectly captured the fun side of blogging and the sense of community that comes with the territory, even though in this scenario, it didn’t revolve around books. However, it was the characters and their often offensive actions that proved to be quite a challenge for me to connect to and accept throughout the nov
My original review of this title can be found here on The Book Hookup.

Initial Thoughts and Rating: Actual rating of 2.5 stars! I think Ms. Heasley perfectly captured the fun side of blogging and the sense of community that comes with the territory, even though in this scenario, it didn’t revolve around books. However, it was the characters and their often offensive actions that proved to be quite a challenge for me to connect to and accept throughout the novel that impacted my rating the m
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, ya, 2014
4.25 stars

Right off the bat I feel compelled to say that I have been a blog reader for many years, not just book blogs, which came more recently, but many years ago I started reading “healthy living” blogs, cooking blogs, fitness blogs, and the occasional “mommy” blog. Don’t Call Me Baby very much lives in the kind of blogs that I enjoy reading so I’m not the objective source to be able to say that you’ll enjoy this book if you’re not familiar with these styles of blogs. However, I think there i
Ellice Y.
Original review posted here at Paper Riot

I finished reading Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley over the weekend, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I flew through the pages quickly, loving the quirky cast of characters that Heasley introduced me to. I have to say, though, that this seemingly innocent book with the cute cover also packs a pretty hard punch! Sure, it is cutesy, fun, and fast-paced, but it also has some pretty serious undertones. Don’t Call Me Baby really made me stop and think abou
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Gwendolyn Heasley is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her master’s degree in journalism. When she was a little girl, she desperately wanted to be the next Ann M. Martin- the author of the beloved The Baby-Sitter’s Club series. She’s incredibly grateful that the recession rendered her unemployed and made her chase her nearly forgotten dream. He

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