I'm Glad My Mom Died (Hardback)Jennette McCurdy (author)
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Darkly funny and told with unflinching candour, McCurdy's jaw-dropping memoir recounts how her mother controlled every aspect of her childhood in order to ensure her only daughter became a star and how McCurdy finally overcame the anxiety and addiction issues that resulted from such abuse.
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.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 463 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
'Jennette McCurdy is the queen of lemonade from lemons, using her trauma to weave a painfully funny story that also illuminates the commodification of teenage girls in America. An important cultural document just as much as a searingly personal one.' - Lena Dunham
'A stunning memoir...[McCurdy] reveals herself to be a stingingly funny and insightful writer, capable of great empathy and a brutal punchline. It's a document not just of all she's endured, but also of the wisdom she accrued along the way.' - TIME
'A coming-of-age story that is alternately harrowing and mordantly funny.' - The New York Times
'[A] magnum opus...sharply funny and empathetic.' - The Washington Post
'McCurdy strips away the candy-coated facade of her sitcom experiences.' - Vanity Fair
'Jennette McCurdy's book is a coruscating picture of her life as a child actor, devastatingly honest and with great understanding of the psychology and emotions operating at a deep level. It's a riveting read, entertaining and very touching.' - Hayley Mills
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