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depophoe - read it
uhlixuh - Thank You
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.
rollStephing - Astonishing Excellence from a Not-So-Excellent Life
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.
Jshshdksbwbajd - my favorite read this year
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
Maria H McIntosh - Touching , Loving, and intense
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.
lisalisa49 - Excellent
I think that Jeanette is very brave for sharing her story. Thank you!
gigigreer52 - love.
‘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.
Jim637282010 - One of the most moving memoirs
￼I didn’t think I would relate to Jennette’s story but the emotions and struggles she shares reach deep.
hhidle - Beautifully written, life-changing.
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.
butera93 - a must read
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
dayna polk - ❤️💙💚💜🇺🇸
🧑🏻🧑🏻🦲I love your old show on tv
rosiebesty - Amazing and heart wrentching
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.
mpyne101 - A great 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!
Allielee94 - Amazing
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.
gruesomecupcake - Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!!!!
Amazing book! This book made me laugh and cry! Jennette is a wonderful writer! And such a strong woman!!
Alim_mom - Great read
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.
annabel890 - AMAZING
truly a work of art🤍
Steph0105_ - Favorite book ever!
I sobbed because I didn’t want to finish this book! It’s absolutely beautiful and so raw! Worth the read!💗
JaceyC - Heartbreaking, Hilarious, Relatable
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!
stinkycorn - A Change in Perspective
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.
gabtabicat - 10/10 recommend!!!
ohmygod im in awe of everything that she’s been through ):
Mellypandaboo - If you’re thinking of reading it, this is your sign
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
Naxxy - Thank you, Jennette
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!
myles✨ - Unforgettable Read
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.
mrsjake4 - Read this in 2 days
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!
Scoutbucket - Eye opening
Such a great book.
jenasisrenee - absolutely amazing
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.
Blah,blah, blah! - Refreshing!
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.
KarinWatanabe - Amazing.
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.
Dariamar707 - So well told
(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 )
Emily Gouvissagio - Page turner!
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.
ilovedice - I hope people reading your story brings you some peace
This is a fantastic book.
the faghag - outstanding.
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
CrazyFunUnicorn - could not stop reading!!
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.
JessfromSF - Good read
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.
Rafasikder123 - Amazing
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
A.A.H1723 - Must read
AMAZING! Pulls at your heartstrings and hard to put down.
tvrcwdcgv - LOVE
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.
mirandaxhow - Hits close to home …
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.
Boojicheese23 - Insightful
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 ❤️
XxBrieBeatsXx - The best read
AMAZING. Couldn’t keep the book down.
Davinavander - The first book I’ve read in years.
nicolecafarelli - Wow
Jenna Cofer @flylittleowl - Honest and heartbreaking, but a must read
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.
amysumisu - Raw and real
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.
racmr - Oh..my goodness?
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
me7any - One word to describe it:
Tannerk0422 - Saddening Story
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.
Ball-Nana - AWESOME READ
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!
jayboles - Wow
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.