DON'T CALL ME BABY by Gwendolyn Heasley


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Usually it’s a kid’s use of social media that is a problem….

Using the pseudonym Mommylicious, Imogene’s mother is a prolific professional blogger, continually blogging about her unfortunate daughter’s every cute smile and dirty diaper to her large online audience since she was a baby. Now that she is 15, however, “Babylicious” is beginning to resent the fact that every intimate detail of her daily life is subject to public scrutiny. Ragged at by her schoolmates, embarrassed in the boyfriend department and convinced that her mom doesn’t care what she really thinks, the formerly submissive girl rebels. Imogene and her BFF Sage, whose hard-line, vegan health-nut mother is also a blogger, decide that their moms are over-the-top and plot revenge. Inspired by a homework assignment, the girls talk back about their experiences and feelings through their own blogs, causing huge consternation in the mommy world. Imogene wilts under her mother’s disapproval but is backed up by golf-obsessed Grandma Hope, who dispenses wisdom and helps her to stand up for herself. As the witty story unfolds, mommies and daughters learn to give each other some space and that the Internet is no substitute for real-life experience. 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. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: April 22nd, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-06-220852-1
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1st, 2014


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