What might it be like to have every moment of your life documented from the time of your birth? The exciting parts, the boring parts, the embarrassing parts? Welcome to the world of Babylicious, aka, Imogene. From the time she was born, Imogene has been the star subject of her mother’s online blog called MommyliciousMeg.com. When Imogene was younger she enjoyed feeling special and being recognized when she and her mother went out in public, or to a bloggers convention. But now that she’s in 9th grade, things that used to be okay for the world to know, now are things Imogene would like to keep private. After all, her whole school knows way more about her than she’s comfortable them knowing. Imogene has tried, in her own way, to get her mother to understand now that she’s older, it feels more like an invasion of privacy than simply sharing their lives with, oh, thousands of strangers around the world.
So when Imogene’s English teacher says the class will be required to create a blog to record their thoughts, at first Imogene and her best friend, Sage, rebel. Sage is also the product of a blogger mom, and understands totally the pressures of being in the public spotlight and how their whole lives seem to be taken over by “the blog.” However, soon the girls realize this might be their opportunity to really give their moms a taste of their own medicine. What better way to get their parents to realize what it feels like to be talked about and examined by anyone and everyone than to make their student blogs about their moms?
As much as Imogene hopes this new tactic will get her mother to understand her point of view, she realizes things aren’t always as black and white as she’d like. She and Sage begin to disagree on how best to get their moms’ understanding, and in the process Imogene finds herself having to navigate her own way.
Don’t call me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley is a fun, often poignant, story of a girl growing up, trying to define the line between what can be public knowledge and what should be private.
Recommended for grades 6th and up.