I'm Glad My Mom Died Author:Jennette McCurdy 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 extensi... more »ve 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.« less
This book was a page turner, written engagingly and very boldly. The stories shared by the author were gritty and usually perplexing--how is it that people who love us sometimes treat us so dreadfully?
McCurdy grew up trying to please her mother; every tragic tale stemmed from this simple fact. Writing this book must have been excruciating as well as cathartic; surely it took brutal strength on her part to reveal these stories so starkly. Every few chapters I literally looked upwards to heaven and thanked my lucky stars for the mother and sweet childhood I was blessed to be given.
Memoirs are my absolute favorite things to read. This one is near the top of my all-time list.