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 6,849 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.


  • Great read

    By Zuyee
    Well written with sparks of joy and comedy we can all relate to whether youve had trauma in the past or not. I’ve started to read after hating it and this is one of those books I couldn’t put down.
  • So so great

    By jaysanddd
    The way she wrote this…I’m so impressed. It’s so witty yet serious. What she went through was so serious yet she tells it in such a light way. Many of the things she talks about so many people can empathize with. She’s brave for writing this. Just do yourself a favor and read this book. To good to pass up
  • Couldn't stop reading.

    By nachoamy
    I read the whole book in one day.
  • Made me love reading again

    By Kaylalikestrains
    I haven’t picked up a book in years and this one has left me wanting to read more often.
  • Thanks for sharing

    By Awesomenessnessnebes
    So glad ai read this book. Jennette is an insightful writer who’s style ai found riveting. The title captures my interest because it was so bold and shocking and then the content moved swiftly over her thought process as if she were bringing upi along for the ride. Documentary of a mental health journey. Cheers to the author for continued well being.
  • Truly Powerful Read

    By tiannasreed
    This was one of the best books I’ve read in the last decade. Although it was heartbreaking and emotional for me to read, I also found myself smiling and laughing at the humorous sarcasm at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend adding this to your collection!
  • Couldn’t put it down

    By giannamianna
  • I’ll read this one again!

    By B.F.2020
    This girl can tell her harrowing life story in such a hilarious way! Raw, truthful, Exposing, insightful, sad, shocking... All this wrapped in humor and handed to you like a gift.
  • I love this book!!!!

    By ajsbfbehehehdjss
    This book is just beautiful and vulnerable. Jennette is such a good writer.
  • What a journey

    By MartiJ32
    Wasn’t sure what to expect from this read but I was not disappointed. Jenn’s journey is a turbulent one yet has such a relieving ending with her way to recovery… just felt a sense of proudness for her. You go girl! Thanks for sharing your story and struggles. You are a strong one.