I'm Glad My Mom Died
Books | Biography & Autobiography / Entertainment & Performing Arts
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.
Simon and Schuster
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"This is absolutely not the kind of book I'd normally go for, I like to stick to fiction and horror. This is, in some ways, a horror novel. There are some horrendous personal stories in here I would never be able to share with anyone. I felt somewhat obligated to read this as I've liked a lot of what Jeanette McCurdy has done in her youth, and hearing what she went, and is, going through is heartbreaking. If you want to be a little more sad, and see some of the true horrors of the world, give this book a read. Props to you Jeanette, I hope life treats you better."
"As I am reading this book it breaks my heart about this young actress. She went through a lot thinking that is how all Moms are. I believe the Mom had a bunch of psychological problems, especially the part where she started hoarding and not respecting her daughter privacy or wishes. Controlling and manipulating her daughter into doing what she wanted. Feeling defensive whenever she went to a psychologist and talk about her mom. Well written and for girls out there that you are not alone. Seek help."
"I loved the audiobook so much and will be adding the physical book to my collection! I really enjoyed listening to Jennette narrate her own story. I've always loved her dry sense of humor. I also liked that she wrote it almost like a journal, as if she was writing in real time from the time she was a child and into adulthood."