I'm Glad My Mom Died Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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|Listening Length||6 hours and 50 minutes|
|Audible.ca Release Date||August 09 2022|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I would definitely recommend reading this story when you're in a good mental place. I honestly did not see the humor that others described. This was just a really harrowing story, though I will say I enjoyed the ending. It felt very satisfying and I hope writing this was a cathartic experience for McCurdy. I wish the best for her, and it feels wonderful that McCurdy achieved her writing dreams through this powerful memoir. I hope we see more writing from her in the future.
Jennette, if you read this, your book had me in tears, both from laughter and the kind of crying and discomfort that comes from being able to relate to something on a deep level you didn't realize was there before. Thank you for being so open and honest - this couldn't have been easy to write or relive - and I'm sure this will resonate with so many people, just like it did with me.
If you're hesitant to read this, don't. This is one of those books that will stay with you forever.
This could be the hardest read in the world, but it actually felt easy. I didn’t get up from the couch once (ok, once. I had to eat lunch). I kept saying “ just one more chapter” until my low blood sugar was screaming at me.
Jennette Mccurdy is most definitely a writer, and I look forward to whatever she shares with the world next.
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First off – given that JM has stated that her mother was emotionally, physically and sexually abusive to her, and given that she deserves to be believed – the title of her book is warranted. Just because someone who abused you was family doesn’t give them a built-in shield to prevent their harmful/criminal behavior from being brought to light. If they wanted to be remembered fondly, they would’ve behaved better.
The title may sound like it's a funny memoir. Don’t be fooled. It’s not a breezy, easy to read Hollywood memoir by someone who overcame “normal” odds and carved out a career for themselves. It’s also not a comedy book, although it is darkly funny in parts. JM’s voice here is fearless, frank and never wavers into poor me territory. I can only imagine the strength it took her to write this book and repeatedly dredge up all the abuse and hurt she suffered at the hands of her mother and other adults who should not have been in the positions of power they held over young children.
There were points at which I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to finish reading it. It’s not content that is suitable for young fans, and there were times that I wondered how much worse it could get. I would give a ***warning*** that if you have suffered any kind of abuse and/or suffered with an eating disorder, there is a lot in here that could be potentially triggering for you. Please, proceed with caution.
For anyone who wants to know what it was really like for Jenette to be one of the top stars on two wildly popular kids' TV shows, and the price she had to pay then this is worthy of your time. I am hopeful that the other adults in showbiz who perpetrated harm on Jenette McCurdy and others are swiftly brought to justice. I’ll also echo a sentiment I’ve heard online over the last weeks since the book was released: I hope Jeanette finds even more healing by getting her story out and makes so much money from this book that the “farewell gift” offered to her by a network looks like chump change.
I'm Glad My Mom Died is an incredibly candid memoir detailing experiences with childhood abuse, manipulation, the addictiveness of an eating disorder, and all the horrible realities that come with child stardom. The writing is straightforward and doesn't hold any punches. I think this might be the most honest and brutal description of what it's like to be a child celebrity that I have ever seen. You truly never know what somebody may be going through, or the extent to which actors melt into their roles so you never find out the truth.
I am so proud of Jennette. That feels like a weird thing to say. I don't know her very well. However, every single time one person is brave enough to stand up and speak out about their abuse, especially somebody with her influence, it may inspire at least one other person to do the same and I think that's an insanely important thing.
Right from page one, I was taken on a journey about her life growing up, the difficulties with her own mother with the emotional, physical AND psychological (going as FAR on her mother being in the shower with her until she was 17 while "examing" her in the process, made me gag) with being forced to be anorexic even as an 11-year old and parts of her adulthood made me cry really hard chapter by chapter and I couldn't even put down this book even for a second. None of the abuse that she has suffered isn't okay at all, child star or not, BAR NONE.
The stuff with her writing about the Creator made me really angry and sad especially the costume tests with the bikinis as she being underage at the time while her mother encouraging it truly horrified me to the core as I totally wished that I want to punch the Creator and even more after reading as justice for Jennette.
Also, the BTS stories on the real experiences of working on "Sam & Cat" that she wrote about even nearly getting her chance to finally show her directing skills only to be taken away from her at the eleventh-hour filming on set of S&C as they shattered her dreams while Nickelodeon tried to bribe her with a $300,000 hush money settlement for not going public about her experiences working with the network as she did the right thing on turning down after them protecting a predator for so very long.
The biological father twist was a huge twist to and how her cancer-stricken mom died while lying to her for her entire life even from beyond the grave disgusted me even more that she was forced to be the perfect daughter for a mom who I might as well say, "The ULTIMATE NARCISSIST Mother from Hell that could Joan Crawford a run for her money" and the journey of actually meeting her real father.
It was like sitting down and having coffee with Jennette as I was moved by her story and her finally getting her long-needed vindication with the difficulties of being a former child star and getting to share her story to the world and telling a true statement and reason why she doesn't want to return to the show that made her a household name and I don't blame her even after reading this blockbuster of an read with the amount of anxiety that has been stuck with her for years while living in an image that she didn't fit in with and never getting to experience her childhood courtesy of her own mother.
I admire Jennette's strength and determination for having to write this book even if it isn't for everyone and the amount of hours and years of healing. I say this from one writer to another, YOU HAVE A NATURAL TALENT FOR WRITING AND I'M SO READY FOR MORE OF YOUR FUTURE WORK WITH THIS NEXT STEP.
I GIVE THIS BOOK, 11 OUT OF 10 STARS AND TO BE HONEST, 1 BILLION STARS OUT OF 5 as a huge fan of her work and so many mad props and many positive praises that I won't be able to list about my life for this book cause Jennette McCurdy is one hell of an storyteller and I totally wish that I could meet her and give her a nice huge hug with my list of congratulations on how I really, really loved this book to which I'm sure she might be reading this review. :)
After reading this, I too am strongly glad that her mother died too and I have been hyped for this book for months and it is finally here as I totally hope others can read her story despite the overwhelming demand for this book and I hope you can see things in a different light after you read this masterpiece of a book along with some of the finest cover art I have seen in quite a long time with the most UNORTHODOX but really the greatest book title I have ever seen in years of all my life growing up reading books and all of 2022.
Already planning to re-read it again and again and planning to get the audiobook to fully experience this with her narration. GET THIS BOOK ASAP AND I'm glad her mom died also.
I totally hope the success of this book will make Hollywood really wake up about former child stars being mistreated for different reasons and having their stories being told like Jennette's while putting Dan Schneider once and for all behind bars while we're at it for all the crimes he also committed toward her.
Parenting is a profession;
Certain behaviours in a parent/child relationship cannot be excused by good intentions;
Parenting failures can have lifelong consequences for the physical and mental well-being of your children;
Respect and loyalty do not come automatically with parenthood, any more than they do with rank or position;
Any interference with the natural process of puberty is child abuse;
Narcissistic behaviours by parents are killers of parent/child relationships;
Complete openness and transparency in a parent/child relationship are vital; and
Last but not least, there is a world of difference between attention-seeking and awareness-raising.
Various posts on social media about I’M GLAD MY MUM DIED clearly convey the message that Jennette McCurdy is perceived by some to be an attention-seeker. Everyone is entitled to his/her own view, but I for one find this worrying. Would an attention-seeker write a book about a mother who wiped her daughter’s backside when she (the daughter) was 8? And who made her daughter shower with her brothers when she was 11 and they were 16 “because she didn’t want her to grow up”? And who attempted to stop her daughter’s breasts from developing by means of calorie restriction? And who performs regular examinations of her daughter’s breasts and vagina just to see if there are any lumps or bumps? And who failed to tell her daughter that her “father” was not in fact her biological father? One is reminded of what the late great Oliver Hardy said in the feature film SONS OF THE DESERT, after he and his pal Stan Laurel have lied to their wives about going to Honolulu and being shipwrecked; “It’s too far-fetched NOT to be the truth.” The narrative of this book is most definitely not that of an attention-seeker and Jennette deserves kudos for acknowledging, albeit only after the death of her mother Debra, that she (Jennette) had her on a pedestal. “I was conditioned to believe any boundary I wanted was a betrayal of her, so I stayed silent.” In writing this book, Jennette sets the record straight in a very convincing and down-to-earth manner.
The consequences of parenting failures on a child cannot be overstated. For Jennette, they led to bulimia and alcohol abuse, which led to loss of teeth and, believe it or not, weight gain. They also led to reliance on a therapist whose advice was objectively not the best. “Your mother was only doing the best for you, Jennette,” says Laura, her therapist, making the same mistake as Jennette herself did for many years. Jennette sensibly dumps her.
For every attention-seeker there are at least three awareness-raisers. Jennette McCurdy is 100% in the latter category and her book is all the more readable for it. Every prospective parent needs to read it. If it saves just one child from the abuse that Jennette suffered, it will be worth its weight in gold. A full five-star rating from me.