AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jeannette McCurdy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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.
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