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I'm Glad My Mom Died

By Jennette McCurdy
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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.

3151 Reviews

Loudly Crying Face“Den var så kort, men føltes alligevel virkelig lang. Den var svær og komme ind i, men ellers meget god. Holy shit Jennette McCurdy’s liv er fuldstændig sindssygt det er vildt, hvor meget forældre kan påvirke en🤠”
Characters change and growEasy to readTwistyRealistic settingDarkHeartbreakingAbuseSelf-harm
Thinking Face“It took me a while to work my way up to feeling brave enough to read this book. I was afraid of the ways I may relate to it, but once I worked up enough courage to start reading, I couldn’t put it down. It’s scary to think about how much is hidden behind the screen, how little we know about the people we like to think we know, the people we looked up to when we were little.”
Characters change and growOriginal writingUnpredictableDark settingDarkHeartbreakingThought-provokingAbuseSelf-harm
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“Honestly I like most people thought this book would be just another child star telling their story. I know they have it bad and I didn’t really care to hear another story about how bad child acting and networks really are. However, this book shocked me it was so emotional and I felt the child actor story was really just the background to the true story of living with a narcissistic and abusive parent.”
Beautifully writtenDescriptive writingOriginal writing
Surprised Face with Open Mouth“An amazing book by Jeanette written about her life with her fame, icarly, her relationship with her mother, her struggles with eating disorders, alcohol and her family (I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read). I loved watching icarly and loved Sam, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch it the same again though. A well-written book that gives an insight into her life that isn’t what it seems from the public eye, and probably speaks for a lot of other child stars out there.”
Realistic settingComing of ageHeartbreaking
Loudly Crying Face“This book is hands-down an experience for all of us who are now in our late 20s to early 30s that watched the iCarly series. Sam was my favorite character growing up because she was always so tough the way my father always instilled us to be. But behind the curtain, the actress herself is suffering from so much and this book details every single issue she went through up to date.”
Believable charactersBeautifully writtenEasy to readRealistic settingComicalComing of ageSelf-harm

About Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy starred in Nickelodeon’s hit show iCarly and its spin-off, Sam & Cat, as well as in the Netflix series Between. In 2017, she quit acting and began pursuing writing/directing. Her films have been featured in the Florida Film Festival, the Salute Your Shorts Film Festival, Short of the Week, and elsewhere. Her essays have appeared in HuffPost and The Wall Street Journal. Her one-woman show I’m Glad My Mom Died had two sold-out runs at the Lyric Hyperion Theatre and Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles. She hosts a podcast called Empty Inside, which has topped Apple’s charts and features guests speaking about uncomfortable topics. She lives in Los Angeles.

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