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 6,717 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.


  • I’ll read this one again!

    By B.F.2020
    This girl can tell her harrowing life story in such a hilarious way! Raw, truthful, Exposing, insightful, sad, shocking... All this wrapped in humor and handed to you like a gift.
  • I love this book!!!!

    By ajsbfbehehehdjss
    This book is just beautiful and vulnerable. Jennette is such a good writer.
  • What a journey

    By MartiJ32
    Wasn’t sure what to expect from this read but I was not disappointed. Jenn’s journey is a turbulent one yet has such a relieving ending with her way to recovery… just felt a sense of proudness for her. You go girl! Thanks for sharing your story and struggles. You are a strong one.
  • Great read

    By Brittany Deeds
    I really found this book interesting, coming from someone who grew up watching her! Her view of everything is so unique and worth reading about!
  • Glad I picked up

    By Gdranchak
    My book club chose this book. I’ve seen it rising and staying on the top book charts, but I really was judging the book by its title. It irked me and made me sad. But finally reading it made sense. My heart broke for sweet little Jenny, and I’m so proud of how far she’s come. What an overcoming story. Brava.
  • I would give this 6 million stars if I could.

    By Melblevs
    First, lots of trigger warnings so research into it. Second, what an amazing book that makes you laugh, cry, yell, heal. As someone with an abusive parent this was such a good read. I’m so happy for her, and her healing.
  • Incredible

    By awrightd
    I wanted to fly through this book because it just got more and more interesting. But I literally tapered how much I read because I didn’t want the book to end. She’s so soulful and transparent which is really rare. It almost feels like you’re reading her diary, so much so that at times it feels invasive. It’s brave to be that honest.
  • Relatable

    By LabenderRosie
    Jennette is witty & real

    By Geemila
    So good, so touching, love her writing style. What an inspirational story. I truly wish the best for her.
  • Challenges of Life

    By Read alot Kelley
    Autobiography of an interesting, unique, often successful and a mostly painfully dysfunctional life. It’s a testament to the biggest challenge facing America today - parents matter, and the portion of them that are absent - Jenette’s in home and biological fathers - or dysfunctional, narcissistic - Jenette’s Mom - is growing like cancer. Quality, succinct, writing helps the reader not have to linger in some truly painful events. You understand and admire Jenette’s loyalty to her mom throughout her mom’s life, yet root against it.