Former iCarly star McCurdy describes a traumatic upbringing under the direction of her emotionally abusive stage mother in this explosive debut. Debra McCurdy, McCurdy’s mother, was a narcissist and a “full-blown hoarder” who drove her daughter into acting at age six in 1999 while also using her breast cancer, which eventually claimed her life in 2013, as leverage. When McCurdy reached puberty at roughly age 11, her mother used “calorie restriction” to lead her into anorexia. Later, around age 17, she started invasive breast and genital inspections on McCurdy.
Jennette McCurdy, an ex-Nickelodeon child performer best known for the successful sitcoms “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat,” wrote the sardonic, crass memoir “I’m Glad My Mom Died.” The themes of the novel are child abuse, Hollywood’s horrors, eating disorders, and mental health issues. McCurdy explains her decision to pursue a writing career instead of continuing her acting career, which was unexpected for a child performer of her ability.
In “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” McCurdy talks about growing up under her mother’s guidance and eventually realizing that a lot of what her mother did was dubious and frequently harmful.
The word “exact” comes to mind while thinking about the book in general. McCurdy analyzes her recollections with the clarity of someone who is witnessing her life unfold in real-time and accepting it because she can. She begins by explaining her experiences from the viewpoint of a youngster before gradually changing to her present viewpoint.
The entire book is horrifying. Her melancholy pessimism is cut through by McCurdy’s dark humor, and her sporadic tangents serve as a soothing diversion from her suffering. She talks as if she is still experiencing those circumstances as if she is still a young child being compelled to attend her first audition and her mother’s piercing white smile is still beaming at her from a distance.
Many individuals may take the tale as a cautionary tale about the dangers of childish behavior. Writing all of this serves as McCurdy’s therapeutic outlet as she examines her unconventional upbringing.
She recalls how, when she was a little child, she discovered how to count calories and how to cry on command for her mother’s dream. She explains how she made an effort to keep within her calorie limit so she could stand beside her mother’s lifeless body and announce, “I’m finally down to 89 pounds,” in an effort to stir her to consciousness. As she battles her OCD, she quickly descends into alcoholism and drinks herself to death.a concerning mix for the ensuing several years of her life. To top it all off, she has to deal with the reality that her mother, who was instrumental in her success and advancement to this point, is also one of the sources of her anxiety and depression.
It’s challenging to dislike the book as a whole. She speaks with the such flow that it almost feels like a movie, which is how I found it to be compelling — in the way someone’s life is compelling. To top it all off, McCurdy makes sure she never withholds information on anything degrading or harsh about herself. She doesn’t reveal this for shock value; rather, she does it because it is true, just as the sky is blue. Because of her experiences and cynical love of the world, she makes it difficult to detest her.
Of course, this is intended for a specific group of people. This book is for you if you enjoy a gradual burn and a broad grasp of someone’s life without any of the justifications. However, it can be challenging for you to enjoy it if you’re someone who demands logic and expects the author to elaborate on her opinions or the way she sees certain things.
The ending of the book doesn’t refer to her early acting career, her eating issues, or how any of this might be problematic; this may be too open-ended for some readers who want more closure.
Whatever the case, the book is a great read, especially in light of how courageous McCurdy was to even publish this and even more so in light of the fact that her life is still being lived; it makes sense for her to have an open-ended finale. Her life is still being lived, so how could it be over?
About The Author:
In her recently published memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, New York Times Bestselling Author Jennette McCurdy detailed the uncompromising details of her life and ascent to stardom. The book spent eight weeks at the top of the NYT bestseller list. As she delves into her challenges as a former child actor—including eating disorders, addiction, and a difficult relationship with her demanding mother—and how she retook control of her life, Jennette employs candor and dark humor. In addition to being named to the 2022 TIME100 Next list, which is a collection of up-and-coming leaders from around the world who are defining the next generation of leadership, Jennette just closed a deal to write her first fiction book, which will be published in 2024.