Author: Jeannette McCurdy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Released: August 9, 2022
Warnings: Child abuse, eating disorders, mental health
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t read nearly enough memoirs. That being said, Jeannette McCurdy’s autobiography (I’m Glad My Mom Died) is one of those rare books that got my attention and made me desperate to read it. I’ll admit that part of this stems from my days of loving iCarly. But mostly? I think it’s important to read about (and understand) the cost and pain that many child stars struggle with.
Before I dive into my review, I want to address the elephant in the room. I’ve seen a lot of people in my bookish communities upset about this title. Everyone needs to take a step back and consider Jeannette’s specific situation. If you don’t know her situation, I suggest reading the book before passing judgment—just my two cents.
Jeannette McCurdy was only six years old when she landed her first audition. However, this was not something six-year-old Jeannette was excited about – it was her mother’s dream she was chasing, and only in an attempt to keep her pleased.
Everything that follows continues a pattern of behavior, with Jeannette putting her mother’s feelings before her own needs. It’s a harrowing and heartbreaking read – yet something we all need to be more aware of.
“I yearn to know the people I love deeply and intimately—without context, without boxes—and I yearn for them to know me that way, too.”
As one might imagine, I’m Glad My Mom Died is quite a heavy read. I’m sure what makes it so heavy is that everything in this book happened – to a real person (little girl). It certainly made it harder for me.
I do want to take a moment to mention some trigger warnings. Readers who are uncomfortable reading about eating disorders, controlling behaviors, cancer, or abuse should probably ask a few hard questions before deciding to pick this book up.
Jeannette McCurdy did an excellent job breaking down everything that happened in her past. Her story perfectly explains many of the entertainment industry’s problems, especially regarding how children are treated. I respect her for speaking up, as this is something that we as a society need to be more aware of.
What I’m trying to say is this: if you’ve been seeing I’m Glad My Mom Died online and have been debating about picking it up, do it! It’s worth the read, especially if you want to be more informed on these sorts of very real stories.
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