Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I was not expecting it or the lead to be so young. Not a real negative, mind you... but certainly unexpected.
Were we to take it apart, portions of it - separately - were OK. Together though? Muddled is what comes across: Mommy issues plus best friend issues and a rebelious side plus a practical side then there's the boy she likes, as well as 'Pirate Booty Call' that just sounded so out of place in the midst of her life being online for all to witness. Interesting, that last part especially... but... it felt unreal for some reason.
I'm thinking of Jennifer Castle's 'You Look Different in Real Life' in contrast here. Particularly, how in it the reality TV set up should have made things unreal but didn't BECAUSE her issues about growing up for everyone to behold felt likely. In this one, we have the reverse of that: it's her mother recounting her daughter's everyday and bonding over being mommylicious and what not. Self-congradulatory? Self-indulgent? And eventually all wrapped up the wrong thing... so that it's easy to dislike one particular player. And that's what felt simplistic. So while about the only thing given enough attention is that set up, well... things got a bit one-sided; it was too easy to side with one as opposed to another.
And I'm thinking that may have been the goal? That she's against me teenage angsting with Exhibit A, B, C..... to back up her feeling screwed over. And she was (there's no denying that) but the 'why' and the 'how it all started' that's what where the simple disappears. Yet even in seeimg the bigger picture, or at leaat seeing back into the WHY of things, I still felt things a tad too simple.
Otherwise, thank you Edelweiss!
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