I’m Glad My Mom Died By Jennette McCurdy

‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ is the latest book by actress Jennette McCurdy.

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

I was aware of the television show ‘iCarly’, but I was a generation older, so I never watched it. When I heard about this book, I was really curious about it, the dark title and the vibrant, upbeat cover really caught my attention.

The book is the memoirs of child television star Jennette McCurdy, who from an early age was forced into acting from her overbearing and narcissistic mother. She spent her childhood pursuing a career that her mother was unable to have so she did it to keep her happy at the expense of her physical and mental health.

The book is a stark and honest insight into the world of world of child acting and the terrible pressure that young children are put under, particularly in the case of Jennette. Her relationship with her mother is toxic and it makes for sad and unsettling reading as her mother pushes, manipulates her and introduces her to eating disorders which continues into her adulthood.

The book has 91 chapters which are so easy to consume as the chapters are short and snappy, Jeanette’s writing is dark and witty, she really pulls the reader in with the scenarios and gives a fantastic insight into the world of acting and the toxicity of the industry. Her relationship with her mother is deeply disturbing and really makes for uncomfortable reading in parts.

‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ is a personal and heartbreaking story about addiction, eating disorders and controlling mothers and taking back control of your life.

You can buy ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

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