I'm Glad My Mom Died

Jennette McCurdy [3 months ago]

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A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother—and how she retook control of her life.

Jennette McCurdy was six years old when she had her first acting audition. Her mother’s dream was for her only daughter to become a star, and Jennette would do anything to make her mother happy. So she went along with what Mom called “calorie restriction,” eating little and weighing herself five times a day. She endured extensive at-home makeovers while Mom chided, “Your eyelashes are invisible, okay? You think Dakota Fanning doesn’t tint hers?” She was even showered by Mom until age sixteen while sharing her diaries, email, and all her income.

In I’m Glad My Mom Died, Jennette recounts all this in unflinching detail—just as she chronicles what happens when the dream finally comes true. Cast in a new Nickelodeon series called iCarly, she is thrust into fame. Though Mom is ecstatic, emailing fan club moderators and getting on a first-name basis with the paparazzi (“Hi Gale!”), Jennette is riddled with anxiety, shame, and self-loathing, which manifest into eating disorders, addiction, and a series of unhealthy relationships. These issues only get worse when, soon after taking the lead in the iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande, her mother dies of cancer. Finally, after discovering therapy and quitting acting, Jennette embarks on recovery and decides for the first time in her life what she really wants.

Told with refreshing candor and dark humor, I’m Glad My Mom Died is an inspiring story of resilience, independence, and the joy of shampooing your own hair.

I'm Glad My Mom Died Book Reviews

This book is amazing to read about. It gets you thinking and really makes you think about how you want to raise your own children. It makes you think about your own life. It also makes you wonder how a human could treat their child that way. It’s crazy the things we think we know about people but we really don’t know anything about people. Even people who are always exposed every move to the cameras we still have absolutely no idea. This is such a good read and I feel has valuable knowledge in it.

The intimate parts of her live really resonate with me. The vail that the mom has had over her hair for her life is a shock. I read this boo because I really resonate with having parents with the same control. When reality hits, it makes you question life. But growing away from it and seeing what life has to offer, that’s is true success.

I felt this on another level, she’s so strong.


iCarly will never be the same.
This book was so eye-opening for me. I could never watch iCarly the same after knowing that Jannette hated acting. How much trauma her mom put her through. How uncomfortable Dan Schneider made her feel and treated her poorly. I only imagine her pain through the scenes. This book is also incredibly empowering. I love that Jannette was able to overcome her mom and finally leave that part of her past in the past. She’s a great person and I only wish her happiness and blessings! Great book :)


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