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 7,334 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.


  • Must-read for any human

    By Fern_Fondler
    Jennette is an amazing person and writer, and has done the world a huge favor by sharing her story.
  • Selfishly Toxic

    By Lala_Lundy
    An interesting read from the standpoint of Hollywood and the pressures of performance. However, was not a fan of the authors attitude, outlook, and approach on life. A very pity me and worship me kind of vibe with little terms of owning her own faults as she’s aged.
  • A great inspiring/heartbreaking book

    By Kiababy_
    This was such a heartbreaking but good book. I’m glad the ending ended well. You never really know what people are going through or what they’ve been through.
  • Insightful read

    By lynnypoodle
    Jeanette’s life story is so interesting. Her resilience unparalleled. I’m so happy for the progress and growth she was brave enough to undergo. I wish her peace and good health.
  • First book in 7 years -

    By pd421
    As the title suggests, this book was the first I have ready in its entirety in 7 years. I’ve lost my fair share of family, but somehow have kept the narcissist that inspires me to relate to this book so poignantly. Reading this was like looking in a mirror, and I felt pride for being able to identify with it. Thankful to Jennette for sharing her story! I was fully engrossed, and she has inspired me to get back into reading and writing.
  • Good read

    By Furfur90
    I always liked her on icarly she was my favorite character on it. I find it sad that her life was not all smiles like on the show. I can relate to her troubles with an eating disorder I had problems with that when I was younger. I am glad things are going better for her now. And she is able to tell her story and be a writer something she had interest in being as she had said earlier in the book.
  • Thank you, Jennette.

    By RainboRae
    I couldn't put this book down! Jennette tells her story in the most beautiful way. Her humbleness and honesty carries throughout the book in way that I can't describe. It truly is amazing. There are so many ways to relate to this book, and I just want to say thank you!
  • The title was shocking at first.

    By Char3518
    This is a painfully honest and inspiring book. So glad I read it. It is NOT a “poor me” book. It took guts and honesty to reveal herself. At 80, I didn’t know who she was when I started the book. I do now and I love who she is and cry for what what she had to deal with.
  • Great book

    By AmoB53
    Couldn’t put it down.
  • Best Book From A Person’s POV

    By Softm4n
    Definitely the best book to read and I loved how it gave me the image on what this former actress life was like.