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 7,921 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.


  • Good book

    By boo covid
    This portrays the struggle of a young actress just trying to please her ill mother. This book really touched my heart. It made me feel grateful I have such a great life and great relationships.
  • Amazing

    By Annoyed Snapchat user 11334
    Best book I have probably ever read! Very real and very interesting to hear about jennette’s view of the industry! Highly recommend
  • Life shifting

    By Ohnik80288
    This book came to me at a time in my life where I’ve begun to take responsibility for how I feel. Although our stories are different, the pain, shame and guilt are familiar. Some of us have no idea who we are because we have gone our entire lives being who others wanted us to be; being who we needed to be to keep the peace. The vulnerability, the self-talk, is what makes this story relatable. I saw myself in Jennette. As I moved through her story, I moved through mine, and it felt as though we were on the healing journey together. Thank you, Jennette.
  • I’m Glad My Mom Died

    By Durk a Dur
    This was such a good book! I haven’t been a reader for a while but, this book reignited my love of reading. Would highly recommend!
  • Loved this

    By sleepyblackboy
    This read was awesome and I loved every minute of it.
  • Brave

    By babyizzi
    This book was great from start to finish.Theres so much to say about this book but im glad shes doing better & wrote this. this book could help others get the help they need. she deserves so much more credit then she gives herself.
  • Witty funny way to explain trauma

    By BrittneyDenise
    She tells a real story of trauma and has a very relatable point of view I enjoyed this book.
  • Worst book ever

    By Sammyyyyyyyyyyx
    the heck? You shouldn’t be glad your mom died
  • A very good read!

    By NuttyNatty721
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good underlining humor.
  • Great book

    By Porche_W
    Touches on a lot of behind the scenes issues that happen to a lot of child stars and even young adults it was a great insight on the life of Jenette McCurdy