I'm Glad My Mom Died

I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy Book Summary

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.

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The way I felt completely immersed in Jennette’s world, and felt every moment throughout this read. Thank you for sharing such personal moments and thoughts.

Thank you for sharing your life with us and for trusting us with your experience. Your story is so important; it never dawned on me how wicked some of my own mother's intentions were until I read yours'. Thank you for normalizing the emotions, thoughts, and revelations that come from such chaos.

this memoir is so real and so raw. you can tell how much work she’s put into this book and i’m so amazed at how much growth was shown. stellar read

I loved reading this book because it was more relateable than I expected. however I also loved getting an insight into a life I Know nothing about. I grew up loving Sam. I wanted to be strong and powerful like her.it shows how we only think of Performers as people to entertain and not as their own human beings.

I think that Jeanette is very brave for sharing her story. Thank you!

‘I’m glad my mother died,’ was a beautiful book and i am so glad that i read it. I am not a ‘reader’ but i knew this book was going to be special. I loved getting to read it and i’m grateful for the intimate stories that Jannette felt she could share. She is so brave. and strong. Thank you jennette for sharing.

I didn’t think I would relate to Jennette’s story but the emotions and struggles she shares reach deep.

I’m leaving a review not only because this was an incredible read that I finished cover to cover in a single night, but because I want to express my personal appreciation for it. This book brought up past repressed trauma that was both necessarily painful and incredibly cathartic. It is uncomfortable to read at times, if only because it may make you face some hard truths about yourself. Jennette, if you’re reading this, thank you.

having watched iCarly all throughout my childhood, it’s insane to see the dark side behind the fun whimsical show and life its actors have had.. shocking

🧑🏻🧑🏻‍🦲I love your old show on tv

I have never been much of a memoir fan but decided to give this a try because I watched iCarly as a young teen and was curious about Jennette’s life. This book is truly amazing. It is difficult to read at times and brought me to tears multiple times. (Major TW for those who struggle with disordered eating). Thank you, Jennette, for sharing your story and reminding us that grief and healing is not linear. 10/10 must read.

This book was heartbreaking, but honest, and filled with just the right amount of humor. I loved it and am so glad there are more novels, especially memoirs, tackling subjects that are becoming more common in society. I grew up watching Jennette and am so glad to learn more about her as a person instead of just the characters I saw. I admire her bravery and strength deeply!

This memoir I read in about 8hrs maybe a little longer. I’m sorry for everything you went through and incredibly proud that you found the courage to write this book and bring light to what you were, and still are going though.

Amazing book! This book made me laugh and cry! Jennette is a wonderful writer! And such a strong woman!!

I finished the book in one day! I couldn’t put it down. A very interesting life story and I love the tone of the writing. Easy to connect and resonate with.

truly a work of art🤍

I sobbed because I didn’t want to finish this book! It’s absolutely beautiful and so raw! Worth the read!💗

I could not put this book down, finished in one day. I saw myself nodding in relation to so much of her pain, and gaping in complete shock at other parts. There’s no beating around the bushes here, she lays it all out. But all the dark subject matter is paired with satirical and comedic bits, it balances well. There’s something everyone can learn from this book. Can’t recommend it enough!

I haven’t read a book in sooo many years and I couldn’t put this one down. I’ve always understood that just because you’re watching someone on a screen, doesn’t mean you know them. Although, this story adds a whole new level to it. As someone who grew up watching Jennette on Icarly just like many others reading this, I never could’ve imagined the struggles she was going through. Putting her story out was insightful and brave. I’m at a loss for words.

ohmygod im in awe of everything that she’s been through ):

There’s some funny, some sad, some uncomfortable, but entirely honest. It’s incredible to see the truth behind her smile. I hope the future treats Jennette well

I have had trouble finishing books as an adult. Jennette, I read your book in about 3 days— basically whenever I wasn’t working or sleeping. I was never an actress, but I can strongly relate on having a narcissistic mother pushing you into a career you didn’t want. Reading this made me feel less alone in my trauma. As painful as it is, I think it’s so important that we share our stories so that we can vow to never let them happen to the next generation. I hope you find peace, love, and happiness in life and that you know how many lives your book has touched. Thank you!

The book was nearly impossible to put down. Every chapter felt like a window into another person’s life that was raw, inescapable, and undeniably human. I cried and laughed alongside Jennette. I watched iCarly as a kid, and now, as a 19 year old with my own struggles involving food and self-worth, her book was a great reminder recovery isn’t instantaneous. Her book reminded me to be gentler with myself. Jennette doesn’t lie to the reader, she doesn’t censor the gritty aspects of life and I deeply connected to her blunt honesty. An amazing book accompanied with a fantastically morbid sense of humor that doesn’t beat around the bush.

I watched iCarly with my kids and I loved Jeannette playing Sam Puckett better than anyone else on the show. To me, she WAS the show. The same goes for Sam and Cat (never liked Ariana Grande). Jeannette is super talented and my heart just broke while reading these chapters on what she had endured, yet still managed to bring the entertainment to us through all of the pain and mental tortures. Yes, that is what I call them. No child should endure what she has. God Bless you Jeannette. Live and be happy!

Such a great book.

i grew up watching jennette on tv, i loved her and wanted to be just like her. her characters were a big part of my childhood. But, after reading how much pain and trauma she went through, i wish she never was part of my childhood. i would throw away all my childhood memories if it meant she was able to experience her own. she was robbed of a normal life and it’s so heartbreaking. jennette was my idol back then and she is my idol now. thank you for sharing your story. you deserve endless love.

I don’t usually read books written by people in show biz, but this one is different. It’s raw, courageous, engaging, easy, grueling, brutal, hilarious. At first I thought that all of Jeanette’s self-reflection would get old. It did not. Or get boring. It did not. Altho I don’t have a lot in common with her life, I do with her thoughts and emotions. I think most readers will agree. She is truly full of insight. Just when the narrative gets really heavy, her sharp wit kicks in to break things up. So her book is well-balanced. It is nice that her story ends up triumphantly. Too many Hollywood-type personalities’ stories do not end well. It’s not smarmy tho. It’s just right. I loved it, and I’ll be looking forward to the next installment on her life journey. It was captivating. I thoroughly enjoyed it. My compliments on a job well done.

I could say a lot about this book. But all that matters is that it reached me; Someone who needed to read this. Thank you. Thank you so much.

(Thank you I loved it at the end of almost every track it felt like a punch in the gut so heartwrenching having to be strong as a kid when all you needed was to be safe heard and understood )

The way Jeanette tells her story of childhood to now is just an all enticing whirlwind. The strength and perseverance ever showing throughout her life is such an inspiration.

This is a fantastic book.

i normally don’t read autobiography’s. but let me tell you I could not put this down . You really don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Jeanette is so brave to not only talk about her experiences with her mother leading up to her eating disorders and severe anxiety, but also being on a children’s show and how she was treated on and off set by the man she calls “the creator” Jeannette really has a way with her words and storytelling and I can’t wait to read what she puts out next 10/10

absolutely riveting and so raw. so many moments had me tearing up, gasping, or literally sitting on the edge of my seat (even when in the break room at work and everyone could see. 😂) as someone who has struggled with E.D’s and simultaneously resenting but admiring a narcissistic mother, reading this blew my mind. the way certain lines or stories were written hit so close to home and this has helped me feel significantly less alone. i have the utmost admiration for Jennette’s ability to tell her story, and for her pure valor. i am so grateful to have read this.

Well written. Honest and real. I kinda know who this actress is (I did not watch ICarly was for younger kids) but you don’t need to know who she is to like this book. Most of us have no idea how a child star gets her start. This is the sometimes heart-breaking story of how she became famous at a young age and what her mom did to get her there - intriguing, a little sad sometimes, but honest and so I really liked it. Read it in two days.

Really raw and detailed about her life, really made me look at the child acting industry in a whole other level. I love her and I am so proud of everything that she has become

AMAZING! Pulls at your heartstrings and hard to put down.

Amazing writing style. Couldn’t put the book down. I was sad when it ended. I think a lot of people will relate to this book. I have so much respect for her.

Picking up the book, I didn’t know what to expect. Within the first few chapters of the book, I quickly realized how much I identified to the content. Sure, I didn’t have a career as a child actor, but my upbringing was very similar to how my mother handled a lot of my interests and hobbies much like Jennettes situation. Reading several of her paragraphs from her mothers behavior is close to how my mother treated me. I found it very therapeutic and reminded me of the growth and healing I’ve done personally. I love how raw and honest jennette was in this book and I really hope she got the help she deserves and proud of the personal boundaries she’s created in that healing also. I would love it if she had another book talking more about her experiences with handling boundaries with her family and how she overcame the struggles with her healing and recognizing her trauma. I think it would help alot more people.

Growing up being a fan of icarly, it was interesting to me to hear all the backstage drama and abuse that was going on at the time without my knowledge? I appreciate Jeannette telling us her story, as I’m sure so many people can relate, including myself to some extent. Thank you Jeanette and I wish you all the best ❤️

AMAZING. Couldn’t keep the book down.



I grew up with Jeanette on my screen and even saw her at the strawberry festival during her run as a country star. Reading now how these experiences were so different to her than they were the people she did them for is so eye opening. Her retelling of events were perfect in a way the mind of a child thinks when being handed these scenarios. I absolutely loved it and support Jeanette in anything she would do.

This heartbreakingly real book hit too close to home. But I enjoyed every moment reading this. I cried, I laughed, I felt so many different emotions. I’m glad this book exists. Please read it.

I grew up watching iCarly. I'm 22 now, and understand (in my own personal way) what it is like to struggle with your identity, to feel like it's been scripted by someone else. I felt like, because I enjoyed that show so much and had so many good memories with it, I owed it to my favorite person on the show to know what their experience was, and I'm glad I did. I don't really watch those shows anymore, but I certainly don't have the heart to watch iCarly anymore. I have never been so inspired by someone before...Jennette- you're a hero. I don't know if you'd ever consider yourself one, but you are. Being so open and honest about your experiences can be such a daunting thing to do but I hope it was healing. I hope it brought the same power to you that you are giving to so many women across the globe. Because of you, people feel seen. I wish I could hug younger you. She went through so much, and I wish she could have been protected. I'd rather not ever have known iCarly than come to know how much it hurt you, how much your whole acting career hurt you. sending so much love. such a good book. also she's hilarious


This book had me hooked. Her story is so saddening and makes my heart hurt every time I go back and read parts of this book. 10/10 would recommend.

I don’t read unless it’s assigned by my professor but this book was a solid and sobering book that looks into the dangers of parental abuse and the dark and often exploitive side of show business. Awesome book!

I’m not a big reader. It’s pretty hard for me to focus on and complete as a task. But I finished this book I’m three days. I am deeply touched by these words. I think it helped me recognize some of the feelings and dynamics I have with my own mother - and honestly it was truly healing in ways. So beautiful written. Very funny and smart. An incredible, incredible read.

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About Jennette McCurdy Wiki

Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy (born June 26, 1992) is an American writer, director, podcaster, singer, and former actress. McCurdy's breakthrough role as Sam Puckett in the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly (2007–2012) earned her four Kids Choice Awards, among other accolades. She reprised the character in the iCarly spin-off series Sam & Cat (2013–2014), after which she exited the network. She has appeared in a number of other television series, including Malcolm in the Middle (2003–2005), Zoey 101 (2005), Lincoln Heights (2007), True Jackson, VP (2009–2010), and Victorious (2012). McCurdy produced, wrote, and starred in her own webseries, What's Next for Sarah? (2014), and led the science-fiction series Between (2015–2016).In music, McCurdy independently released her debut single "So Close" in 2009. She released her debut extended play, Not That Far Away, in 2010. Her eponymous second extended play was released in 2012, followed by her eponymous debut studio album later that year. I...

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