I'm Glad My Mom Died - Jennette McCurdy

I'm Glad My Mom Died

By Jennette McCurdy

  • Release Date: 2022-08-09
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 8,775 Ratings



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.


  • Biography

    By AdellaRuthie
    This book was great 10/10
  • Way to go Jennette

    By tryhank
    I started this book halfway thru yesterday and finished it in just over 24 hours even though I had a raging migraine. At times the brutal honesty was a bit tough, but the journey was well-worth taking. Her tone at each stage of the memoire is reflective of the age, the mindset, the beliefs she is depicting. This story is harrowing, but in such a good way. Though she doesn’t know me, and never will, I am so proud of the strides she has made. I am proud of the courage she holds in sharing those strides with the world. As somebody who struggled to own up to her emotions to herself for so long, displaying herself in this capacity for the world to see truly shows her growth. Jennette, if I ever do see you on the street, I am definitely going to ask about your butter sock—but as a tribute to this monumental memoire and to reflect my inability to come up with original material, not to bring you back to your role as Sam Puckett.

    By by beranete♥️♥️♥️
    A mother should never Be the cause of her daughter's Anorexia, i just can't understand how you Do that to a child. My mother was similar and She body shamed me into Anorexic Habits and Self Hatred. Mothers, Please Encourage your daughters and Children and Boost their self confidence instead of destroying it forever. And remember please that The words you Say to them, become their inner voice that can taunt them at the dinner table, afraid of a plate of food. Love your children, and Teach them to love themselves I don't care who did what to you, you don't have to Make someone else suffer for your insecurities.
  • Our moms influence

    By jaycee225
    Insightful perspective on an eating disorder struggle and the emotional rollercoaster connection with our most closest relationships, our parents.
  • Phenomenal ✨

    By Pandapooh82
    This book is incredible. It’s beautiful to see her success now because with her upbringing and having to be the breadwinner while losing her childhood to acting when she didn’t even want to act really could’ve made her adult life a disaster. We see these child actors and how they struggle in life so to see that she fought to have independence from who she made herself to be so she could please her mom to having her own identity is a wonderful thing. Wishing you ALL the success in life, Jeanette! 🖤 Side note: a lot of people recommend listening to the audio so I chose to do that and I’m so glad I did. Hearing her voice tell her story made it that more impactful.
  • Loved!

    By Jas Mayhug
    Love this book, I grow up watching icarly and Sam and cat and Jeannette was my favorite character. It’s so interesting learning about her life and what she has/had to go through. I’m sorry that you have to deal with all of the trauma, but I’m glad you got to turn it into a book that everyone can relate too and enjoyㅤᵕ̈
  • Amazing Read

    By con1232q
    A captivating look into the life of a young girl in the industry. Such an inspiring story of pain and growth.
  • 💜

    By Pizzzzza Hut
    I loved this book so much. It really shows what was going on behind ethers scenes. On TV everybody seems perfect, flawless and everyone wants to be them. Nobody knew about the eating disorders or abuse. Thank you for this amazing book!
  • Powerful and insightful read

    By @baeofharry || IG
    Raw and painfully honest. One of the best writing I have read in my life.
  • I love this book

    By tikt0kinspidy
    I feel like I’m in the mind of jennette!!