The autobiography I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy is surely to turn heads just by the title of the book. But the book is a riveting read about a child that will go to any lengths to please her mother. Keep reading for our review of the critically acclaimed book and why you should read it!
I’m Glad My Mom Died Summary
As a child, Jennette McCurdy had a lot to deal with. Her parents always fought and McCurdy tried to play the peacemaker in her family. At age six, Jennette’s mother pushed her dreams of being an actress onto her child and that is how she started her acting career.
Growing up, Jennette would audition in many shows, commercials, etc., even though she didn’t like acting. This was her mother’s dream and Jennette couldn’t break her heart and went along with it. Her relationship with her mother led to some unhealthy habits that Jennette had a hard time dealing with even as an adult.
I was not prepared for what I was about to read. McCurdy does a great job of giving us a glimpse of her thoughts when she was a child and that gives us a glimpse of what went through her mind in those situations. She opens about her whole life and that is not an easy thing to do. When she is talking to her therapist about her mother, McCurdy cuts off the therapist instead of opening up about her childhood and her toxic relationship with her mother. This book is a way of her healing and finally coming to terms that her mother was not this perfect figure that she had revered as a child.
Every family’s relationship is different and even then, McCurdy’s relationship with her mother (and father) was out of the norm. We see McCurdy trying to control her eating habits but failing as well as becoming an alcoholic as a result. But by the end, McCurdy takes steps to finally come to terms with her trauma and try to move forward one step at a time.
This was a very powerful book and sheds lights on a child actor that was pressured to be an actor. McCurdy opens up about her struggle with fame and her eating disorders. Conversations like these help millions of other people and can help them seek the help they need.
Writing this book couldn’t have been easy for McCurdy because of how protective she is of her mother. But it is a conversation that she knows that she needs to have to move on.
If you know me, then you know I am not a big fan of autobiographies. But if the autobiography is worth reading, then I am all for it. That was the case for I’m Glad My Mom Died and I am glad that I decided to give this amazing book a read. Happy reading!