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Publication date: April 22nd, 2014
My rating: 3 stars
"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."
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 that it won't be mindless read I was craving for - and that was not a bad thing. I loved it as soon as I figured out that story is focused more on mother and daughter relationship, blogging and the way internet affects our everyday lives.
Two girls, daughters of bloggers, decide to fight back and make their mothers finally hear them using the only media they actually communicate trough - blog. That is where second "I am confused" moment comes. The best part of the story is mother/daughter interaction and I loved how Meg, Imogene's mom, was portrayed. Everything that happened around the middle was expected and pretty much way that things would go in the real life. And then - what? Imogene suddenly changes, she starts doing a lot of things that aren't completely in tune with her statements from the beginning. Also, whole "go offline" talk was... weird. And hypocritical. But it is not just about character development - it's like author herself changed her mind about the point she wanted to make and you have a feeling like you are reading fragments of two different books.
Don't Call Me Baby is novel with a lot of potential and original premise, but mixed messages and inconsistencies are what made me cool off after my initial positive reaction.
***Copy of this book was provided by publisher, Harper Teen, via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.***