Don't Call Me Baby (Paperback)

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This novel, about a girl whose mom has been blogging about her since she was in utero, is a perfect summer beach read for young teens. Imogene, or "Babylicious" as she's known to her mom's twenty-thousand readers, is tired of every detail of her life being shared with the World Wide Web. She and her best friend Sage, also the offspring of a mega-blogger, hatch a plan to get some privacy at the beginning of their 9th grade year: launch their own exposé blogs and give their moms a taste of their own TMI medicine. This is one of my top recommendations for those tweens that are eager to get into YA books, but aren't ready for a lot of the content. It's also refreshing because instead of focusing on crushes, it's a book about friendship and learning to get along with your parents as you grow up. It portrays a girl who is (understandably) frustrated with her mom's invasion of privacy, but learns that her mom has a perspective too and perhaps it's best for both of them if they learn to understand each other. I always love a good family/friendship focused book for young readers, and this is a fun twist on that.

— From Mary-Catherine Kids Books Recommendations


Perfect for fans of Jennifer E. Smith and Huntley Fitzpatrick, Don't Call Me Baby is a sharply observed and charming story about mothers and daughters, best friends and first crushes, and our online selves and the truth you can only see in real life.

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. The thing is, Imogene is fifteen now, and her mother is still blogging about her. In gruesome detail. 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 define herself for the first time.

About the Author

Gwendolyn Heasley is a graduate of Davidson College and earned master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Gwendolyn lives in Naples, Florida, the setting of Don’t Call Me Baby, but still misses New York City. She is also the author of two other novels for teens, Where I Belong and A Long Way from You, and a digital original novella, The Art of Goodbye.

Praise For…

“A pitch-perfect comedy that’s also full of heart. You will LOL.”
— Lauren Morrill, author of Meant To Be and Being Sloane Jacobs

“Witty . . . 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 Reviews

“There is plenty of humor and heart to be found as Imogene navigates the peaks and pitfalls of ninth grade and tries, for the first time, to ‘narrate her own life.’”
— School Library Journal

“With humorous, clear-eyed prose, Heasley looks at how parents and teens interpret one another’s motives and actions, and presents varying viewpoints about the Internet and personal privacy. Without preaching, she challenges her characters and readers to ask how much is too much.”
— ALA Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780062208521
ISBN-10: 0062208527
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2014
Pages: 304
Language: English