By Gwendolyn Heasley
Harper Collins, $9.99, 320 pages
Imogene has never lacked for attention. After all, she is the sole subject of her mother’s blog, Mommylicious. Increasingly dissatisfied with being in the spotlight, Imogene uses a mandatory blogging project to turn the tables on her mother. As she goes along, though, she realizes that what she really has is an opportunity to define herself for the first time in her life. Her resolve changes her relationships with her mother and friends, and she learns that being yourself takes the most courage of all.
Don’t Call Me Baby, by author Gwendolyn Heasley, is a great book about the struggles between mothers and daughters and the struggle to decide who we are going to be. Imogene is a fantastic character and is immediately endearing to the reader as she struggles with trying to communicate with her mother and navigate her social world. It’s nice to see her character change as she learns what is important to her in her own life. The supporting characters are equally well written and interesting. This is a great book for teens and their mothers – both of whom will appreciate Imogene’s struggles.
Reviewed by Barbara Cothern