Sunday, 18 January 2015

Book Review | Don't Call Me Baby by 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.

There are some really great high points to this book. One of them being, that I really enjoyed having blogging as a main storyline. I found it really interesting to see how being the center of a blog for her entire childhood, affected Imogene, and subsequently, her relationship with her mother.
On the whole, I thought the story between Imogene and her mother was written really well. It didn't feel unbelievable, it flowed naturally and was handled well.
For me, this isn't the type of book that knocked me off my feet. It's one I enjoyed and I'm pleased that I picked it up. There were a lot of good sections, and some that felt a little slower and less grabbing. I wouldn't say this is a likely candidate for a re-read, but it's definitely a good book. 
I would definitely recommend it, especially if you have an interest in blogging. 

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