I'm Glad My Mom Died

Paperback, 319 pages

English language

Published Aug. 8, 2022 by Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Publishing.

ISBN:
9781797147963

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4 stars (13 reviews)

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 …

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iCarly gave us Sam, she gives us Jennette

4 stars

As someone who was a fan of iCarly when it aired, and was equally a fan of Sam's character it really was jarring of how different Sam and Jennette are.

It further underlines just how much some people are hiding their struggles and don't let it show because it's easier or more advantageous to pretend as if nothing is wrong.

She's earned her peace after all this struggling.

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