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I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy was the best and the hardest read I have come across. This is my first ever memoir that I have picked up and the bar was set pretty high. 

I mean, look at the title! What an eye catcher! Immediately makes you wonder, why in the world she would say such a thing!?!

I never really grew up watching iCarly because I was more interested in Scooby Doo and M.A.S.H. Anything that I can get free on antenna tv basically. But I did know about the show growing up and at least watched a show or two when I was at my grandpa’s house.

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Format: Audio

Pages: 320

Genre: Memoir

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I listened to this memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died on audio from my library. It is narrated by the author, and it is so worth doing if you have never really read a memoir before. It is always refreshing to hear the author read their own book.

Basically, this is a detailed account of childhood stardom and how she got there. Jennette McCurdy describes it in a way that is heartbreaking and difficult to read. There is a lot of cringing and what the crap in this book. 

You see the subtle brainwashing that a parent might do to a child through emotional abuse. What was worse is that you also saw where Jennette’s mom got her tendencies from as well later in the book.

Even though I wanted to scream at Jennette to get away from all that crap and tell her how unhealthy all that is. I can slightly relate. Jennette grew up in a very sheltered life so all she knew was her mom and what her mom told her. She didn’t question it because she trusted her that much. Her mom basically built a narcissist relationship where you probably feel that something is wrong but is told otherwise.

I wish there was more dirt about what really happened on Nickelodeon because it seemed like a lot of her interviews were highlighted on that fact. But a lot of this book focused on her mom’s manipulation and the results of that in the form of an eating disorder.

I will warn you; Jennette really highlights in detail her struggles with the eating disorder. Now I don’t struggle with an eating disorder. But I do struggle with the image of my weight and my body image. And listening to Jennette struggles can be triggering even with someone who never thought to do it before. So that was revealing about myself and probably won’t reread this memoir again because of it.

Even though it was hard, I am glad that I have read it. Just opening your eyes that childhood stardom isn’t it all cracked up to be. That there are real people out there struggling behind a facade of smiles. 

Even though there is a slight warning in this book, I would highly recommend it I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy.

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