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 5,572 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.


  • Profound

    By Thickbacon805
    The intimate parts of her live really resonate with me. The vail that the mom has had over her hair for her life is a shock. I read this boo because I really resonate with having parents with the same control. When reality hits, it makes you question life. But growing away from it and seeing what life has to offer, that’s is true success.
  • Great

    By Mehhhh 😘
    I felt this on another level, she’s so strong.
  • Just

    By Davidsgamehoe
  • iCarly will never be the same.

    By Sily143
    This book was so eye-opening for me. I could never watch iCarly the same after knowing that Jannette hated acting. How much trauma her mom put her through. How uncomfortable Dan Schneider made her feel and treated her poorly. I only imagine her pain through the scenes. This book is also incredibly empowering. I love that Jannette was able to overcome her mom and finally leave that part of her past in the past. She’s a great person and I only wish her happiness and blessings! Great book :)
  • I couldn’t put it down.

    By hizzle96
    The things her mother said to her haunted my dreams, I think about it constantly. What an insane and horrible woman, and what a wonderful young lady to come out of that.
  • I ‘m Glade My Mom Died

    By A fussy Reader
    A great story about living in a family . There is love, manipulation, abuse and discovery. I am happy that Jeannette McCurdy not only survived the horrors of being a child star , but that she wrote such a compelling story for us all to learn from .
  • She was meant to be an author

    By Xternity💜
    I’m probably going to be a bit hyperbolic in this review but this is the first time in a LONG time that I’ve picked up a book and not been able to stop reading it. I sped through such a large chunk of it so fast that I got upset once I realized how close I was to the end. I mean, legitimately so distraught by it that I stopped reading it for roughly a month and a half. I bought the book not long after it was announced that it dropped but here I am, just finishing the last few pages in early November. Her way of describing her core memories is so raw and captivating in a way that makes you (cliche incoming) feel like you’re seeing everything happen through her eyes as it happened. She lets you in to her emotions in a way that makes you feel them as closely as possible to the way she experienced them but just muted enough that you don’t end up in your own spiral (and maybe some of that is to be attributed to my own neurodiversity). Suffice to say I very much enjoyed this reading experience and I’m very thankful that Ms. McCurdy shared her life with us like this. And directly to Jennette herself, I hope you continue to find happiness in this life. No matter what form it comes in.
  • Captivating

    By SH_!!?!
    Difficult to put down
  • Amazing

    By Ayyeeeoo_
    So heartfelt and relatable
  • A Captivating Read

    By Ally.j23
    This book is written so that I could finally understand the mindset of a Hollywood child. My fears of ever becoming famous were Jennette’s reality. I honestly cried during parts of this book, because being a young woman is hard and even harder when everyone is watching you.