I'm Glad My Mom Died

Written by:
Jennette Mccurdy
Narrated by:
Jennette Mccurdy

Unabridged Audiobook

Ratings
Book
930
Narrator
458
Release Date
August 2022
Duration
6 hours 26 minutes
Summary
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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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.
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Mari P.

If you’re bothered by the title and not what she’s been through. You’re part of the problem. This book is her her truth and kudos to her.

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Baylie M.

There have been so many moments where tears welled in my eyes. It gives it so much more meaning and sadness hearing the words come directly from her mouth. I highly recommend this to absolutely anyone who is considering reading or listening to the book. There is so much emotion and so much depth.

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Anonymous

Worth the read :) thank you for being so brave, Jenette! Books like this are so very helpful for me.

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Anonymous

She is truly able to capture the chaos and the pain that manifests from childhood abuse. Many justify extreme parenting with disregard to the impact it has on the child. Parents can make mistakes because of their own trauma and it needs to be acknowledged

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Josh K.

The title could come across as needlessly provocative, but Jennette's story is nuanced. As much as the story can be sad, it is equally funny, colorful and engaging, thanks to great writing and delivery in this audio form, by McCurdy herself.

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Anonymous

What a talented writer. Listened over three days while out walking and today…I miss her.

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Joe D.

This is the first audiobook I listened to in it's entirety. and in a few days time no less. Jennette's reading pace is quite fast but I enjoyed hearing her delivery and impressions. Her memoir is darkly funny and emotionally impactful. I feel like I really got to know the person behind the character I grew up loving. I was shocked but pleasantly surprised with how different Jennette's personality is from how I imagined her to be. I relate a lot to her humorously cynical view of people and the world. I'm glad she's faced her demons and come out on top. I highly recommend you listen to her story especially if you had not so great parents.

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Cassius F.

I listened to this high because, well I was high, and it freaked me out; seriously depressing.

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Anonymous

It's a good book. But I hate to say you can catch every highlight of this book in any interview she's done in the last year so you don't really have to spend money if you don't have to. I respect her journey, I really truly do and I mean no disrespect as I make my critique. You won't get a story you haven't heard 1000 times from any child Hollywood star. It's sad and I like that McCurdy is shedding more light on the problems with Hollywood and the pressures of being famous no matter what the motive. But she constantly goes on like she's the only one that goes through what she's been through. I also related in the way that I took grew up wanting to constantly please my mother even when she didn't always deserve that loyalty. 3 stars because it has a good formula and it's relatable. It's no masterpiece but it is well written. She brushes over experiences but I feel like we miss A LOT of details. Then she dives into some completely gross and unnecessary details...I get why, it's just still unnecessary. I don't feel this way or that about Jeanette Mccurdy personally. I'm not a fan and I don't hate her. So with complete unbiasness she is a TERRIBLE narrator. She reads like a 15 year old that's capable of reading fluently out loud but lacks the skill of a professional narrator. While she doesn't get monotoned, there are parts she rushes over through like she's running out of breath, and places she should pause where she doesn't. I get that it's her story to tell so maybe she should have told it like she was telling us her story and not just reading lines off a page. You know? Kudos to her though from making something of herself when the odds where against her. There is something to respect in her and while I did enjoy the book I could have easily looked over this one and never missed a thing.

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Kate A.

Moving, groundbreaking, painful

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Anonymous

Great book for a rainy day

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spencerleighton

As someone who grew up watching iCarly, this helped me gain a lot more insight into Jennette’s childhood and the challenges she has overcome.

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Hazel M.

I had to listen all in one sitting, Jeanette is so enrapturing in her storytelling. Absolutely recommend it, listening to the author herself read is such a worthwhile experience I can't imagine anyone else doing it.

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Anonymous

Honestly amazing and impactful and human.

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Anonymous

An inspiring read. Such an interesting insight into a person’s life that we would otherwise describe as “having it all”. Loved every minute

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Joanna O.

A really thought provoking listen. Jennette told her story so well, definitely recommend

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Anonymous

Quite harrowing really. I’m glad her mum died too .

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Crystal E.

Great audiobook to listen to. Thank you for sharing your story.

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Marie J.

Honestly can’t remember I devoured a book so quickly. Truly a get piece.

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Anonymous

A devastating and courageous journey - the work the author's done to unpack and tell this story is astounding - such an intensity of experiences for such a young life living "the dream." I wish I knew her so I could hug her.

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Temica Maré

this book was amazing it was filled with so much emotion I could feel everything and I would definitely recommend this book to everyone

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Mike N.

Although still not sure how the title ties in, I would say to miss McCurdy, Thank you for sharing such a personal story.

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Anonymous

I was great

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Anonymous

how can someone tell such a muddy, difficult, heartwrenching story with such punchy comedic timing, such acute humor? (I think I know the answer: talent, and self-awareness. maybe also distance)

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Gretchen M.

Amazing book!

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Anonymous

Touching in a way I was not even close to prepared for. This book helps you feel less alone.

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Beth M.

Excellent writing. Special that it was narrated by the author herself--made it more impactful. Good book to pause and think about your own reactions to it. It is an important book.

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Anonymous

this book made me feel everything all at once! I didn't realize it was exactly what I needed. thank you for sharing your story with us

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Nanny K.

I have been a single mom of two beautiful girls and I was s little scare to listen to this book. My youngest daughter wanted me to listen to the book with her and since lately we had our difference I was scare I will be compare to another mom. Now I know I was wrong I am not being compare this is just the recovery of a very strong woman that can teach all of us that with small little steps we can recover, recognize and let go of the past and move on. Our parents are not us and our parents are not our teachers they are people many very trouble people but just people. Nobody will chance our future but us, nobody but us will write our future so to all ladies out there start writing and start living is never to late to live your life and live s legacy for a next generation.

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Anonymous

Narration was horrible

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Erin W.

what a heart breaking look into her family & her experience in being a child star. Phenomenal actress never showing it on screen. This book broke my heart, but I loved it at the same time. This lady is a fighter, and an inspiration, I hope young girls can read this and know they are not alone. Hearing her story through her voice was fantastic, I felt it all through her words. amazing.

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What I.

I made this account just so I can listen to this book, 100% worth it.

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Kari J.

I was not expecting much from this book, but I got it all! I laughed, I cried, I felt all the feels right along w her. I only wish she would have spoken a little slower. I had to slow the speed down.

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Josh R.

quite good

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Anonymous

Great book. Insightful. Well written. Didn’t get bogged down as some memoirs do. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy the narration as much as the content. IMO the book would have been better served by professional narration.

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Alexandra S.

Amazing book and a very strong person. Helped me realize a lot

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Anonymous

Oh wow this was such a good book.

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Karina R.

such a great book and I really liked her narration as well!

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Anonymous

Incredible book made 100x better by the narrator. I hope she writes more!

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Erin L.

To Jennette- You are a writer. Every picture painted felt like watching stills of your life, each stroke purposefully placed. Listening to your story and relating with the smallest details, richly described yet delicately felt. Listening to this story made me feel less alone and certain emotions described through a voice I couldn’t find myself. These stories are beautifully told through an excellent storyteller, may her words bring light to many with unheard voices.

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Anonymous

That’s great

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Anonymous

so beautifully written. i couldn’t stop listening to it once i started

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Facelly C.

I love it. thanks for sharing with us,the book is really good!!!!!

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Anonymous

I LOVE JENNETTE

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MADDIE R.

a beautiful yet heartbreaking story of child abuse and eating disorders.

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Anonymous

really good, strong

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Ashley P.

This was a hard one to listen to, and so powerful. Thank you, Jennette, for sharing your story.

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Brittany R.

One of my favorite reads of the year. And I truly believe this is best experienced listening to Jennette narrate. 10/10

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Marleen C.

Well done!

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Anonymous

I’m absolutely obsessed with the book - couldn’t stop listening and Jennette’s voice is so familiar with growing up watching iCarly, it was so sad when it was over. 1000/10 recommend reading/listening to it.

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Idris B.

This is a great book!

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Sergio D.

Just finished the book 5 minutes ago, As someone who grew with such an amazing, loving, and caring mom, I feel so bad whenever I hear stories about people who had to grow up with such terrible and manipulative parents because I simply don’t know where i’d be or how i’d be had I not grown up with the love and support of my amazing mother. It was very clear from the get-go that Jenettes mom was a selfish, narcissistic, and manipulative sociopath who made everyone around her miserable. I cant imagine being Jenettes father, having to work two jobs every day and having to come home to a bitter woman who only put you down every single chance she got. The fact that she wiped her daughters butt until she was 10 and gave her breast and vaginal exams until she was 17 tells you everything you need to know about the type of mother she was. Multiple times in the book Jenette recounts stories of her mom using her cancer to manipulate people into getting what she wants. Jenettes mom’s best friend was named Karen but I think Jenettes mom was the ultimate Karen. She believed no rules applied to her, constantly harassed people just doing their jobs because she believed she was special, and had no problem being rude or manipulative to people as long as it got her her way. I grew up with the mindset of “why don’t people just leave their abusive relationships? it’s that simple” This book has a way of teaching you why it’s so hard to leave an abuser. Jenettes mom conditioned Jenette from an early age that all of Jenettes happiness depended on her mom being happy- and nothing else. When your entire sense of self worth and joy derives around your abusers joys and priorities rather than your own, it’s easy to see why leaving them is a really tall task. I’m grateful I gave this book a read as it gave me a better insight as to why people stay in abusive relationships and just exactly how they seem to form over time (groomed in a way). I wish nothing but the best for Jenette in her road to recovery from a lifetime of mental and physical abuse and her eating disorders. Great book, I highly recommend to anyone on the fence about it

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Carrie H.

Hands down the best audiobook of 2022. Maybe it’s the nostalgia or realizing that being on a tv show doesn’t make your life perfect. Either way, listening about the that friendship that Jenette had with Miranda healed my childhood heart in a way that I never expected. I’m glad Jennette told her truth. Jennette may never read this review, but you absolutely should listen to this audiobook.

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Anonymous

lovely narration and story

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Chloe B.

Amazing. Sad at the same time. Such a good book.

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Tara L.

I felt like I wasn't crazy for feeling this! 7 years later. Really my Whole life

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Olympia A.

I really enjoyed this book and appreciate her sharing her story. I think that this will help many other people out there who have experienced the same thing. My only critique with this book is that the author speaks very fast! I did get the audio book version but there were times when I had to rewind because I didn’t catch what she said because she spoke too quickly. But other than that it’s a fantastic book.

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Astro L.

This book was phenomenal! Thank you so much for helping me feel less alone! The writing is also sooo down to earth despite the tough topics, makes this an easy, yet deep read/listen.

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Anonymous

Speechless

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Ashlyne L.

I learned a few things about myself listening to this. The narration is fantastic. She gives the book personality that I wouldn't normally get from a hard copy read. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It really had me emotions a few times. But her comedic relief kept it level. I would read anything she wrote.

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Anonymous

Absolutely fantastic read. Everyone who has suggested it, was right. I was hooked from the beginning. I’m glad she told her story.

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Anonymous

I was thoroughly invested in this read. Jeannette's narration was full of raw, real emotion. I don't think I would have had the same feels if it was narrated by someone else. I give this book a 4.5 rating, knocking down half a star because I felt as some parts of the book were a bit repetitive. All in all, I recommend this book for a true insight into Jeanette's life. She is a brave woman!

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Kim B.

This was such a good book! I had no idea she had been through all this. Such a brave individual who overcame so much in life. Definitely worth reading.

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Madelyn G.

Great read

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Tracy R.

Loved it

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Anonymous

Read this because i’m a fan of jennette and because i am also going through some major mommy issues. none of it compares to what she went through though. she is inspiring and very open/honest.

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Salina M.

Great read!

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Anonymous

As someone who grew up with a mentally and emotionally abusive mother, and an absent father, she is tremendously brave for facing her past trauma and sharing it with the world.

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Sarah J.

Raw, real. . . The only words I have to describe this book. Narration can be droning but it's Jenette's voice so it only added to the book for me.

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Sal C.

Amazing book

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Anonymous

Thank you Jennette for being so open and letting us in on the truth behind your true life. Wishing you nothing but the best with this book!

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Anonymous

Harrowing and intense. An insightful read.

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Brandy K.

Really enjoyed Jannette's book and my heart breaks for her entire loss of childhood. I respect and congragulate her strength to overcome years and years of abuse and her dark humor to keep going. Highly recommend this book and it enjoyed it so much more to hear it in her own voice.

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Anonymous

so freakin good. just an added bonus that Jennette narrated it herself!!!

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Lina T.

This book made me get back into book reading/listening. It is a must read!!

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Laura C.

I couldn’t stop listening!

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Ki6

This book was witty and takes you along for the ride with Jeannette’s strong narrative voice!

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Caytin

She’s a fabulous narrator, funny, painful and hopeful all at once

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Anonymous

It’s really something this story….mental illness is a really hard thing . I highly recommend it

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Pippi J.

so so so good

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Anonymous

I feel this has to be the most interesting thing I've listened to in a while.

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Tami N.

an honest, straightforward, heartbreaking story that doesn't shy away from hard truths, personal struggles, and life as a child actor. Jennette's vulnerability and honesty are at the heart of her story. it's not mentioned, but I can't help but wonder if her mother had munchausen's or malingering? Great narration by the author, as well.

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W M.

Amazing! I have never had a book captivate me the way this book didI Couldn’t stop listening to it!!! Great job! You changed my life!

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Anonymous

Oh my this book was a heartbreaker. I literally teared up so many times, laughed others, and wanted to hug Jennette other times. It was a real trip and I commend her for telling it!

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Anonymous

Where do i even Begin? Let me start by saying how strong she is all that she has been through and lived through at such a young age to now be brave enough to speak out her truth Her memior is truly heartbreaking and makes sense to why she chose this Title I wish her nothing but happiness This Book as a must Listen as you can feel the emotion pouring out of her every word

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Anonymous

captivating story with great narration

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Anonymous

Powerful, captivating, and deep but with enough moments of hilarious levity that I couldn’t stop listening. I hope she continues to write, as her writing voice/style definitely hits the spot for me.

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Amanda K.

This book is a one of the best books I have ever read/ listened to. The audiobook is an entire experience in itself. Having Jennette read it aloud and hearing her get emotional in some parts was literally having a front seat to her life story. It was beautifully told and brutally honest. I found myself verbally responding to her because I was so enthralled and in the book. It was like talking with her. By the end of the book you feel like you know her. It is also a complete perspective change of my entire childhood watching iCarly. I had no idea, not even a little idea, if what she was going through in her life. She hid everything so convincingly her entire life that this was a massive shock to hear that it wasn’t what it appeared to be in the slightest. Hearing that her and Miranda were actually close outside of the show was a really beautiful thing though. Her honesty and openness absolutely blew me away. I cannot believe she said some of the things she did. I would read this again. This is a book worth owning for anyone who can relate to the material she speaks about or if you loved her in your childhood and want to know her as an adult. What a treat this book was, not because of the hell she went through, but because of how beautifully her story was told and how she came out on the other side stronger and smarter. She is an inspiration and this book could honestly save lives. I will tell many people to read this.

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Anonymous

It’s interesting to hear about Jennette’s struggles but I can’t fully relate (just my opinion) She is very strong and brave for speaking about her experiences and I very much appreciate that.

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Tarren P.

Hearing Jennette talk about her own struggles in her own voice is amazing. The way the book is written follows little threads of events that snowball quickly- unfortunate, but makes for a great narrative.

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Anonymous

So well written and narrated. This opened my eyes to different forms of abuse and I wish Jennette nothing but the best in her future.

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Anonymous

such a great memoir i cant wait to see where her writing career takes her because she is a TALENT

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Megan M.

Very very good

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Audre V.

One of the best book I've ever listened to. I really really love the way she writes et narrate the book. I cried several times because I related a lot. I LOVE THE TITLE.

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Shirley M.

Bravo Jeannette!! How courageous and honest of you. Stay true to you.

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Jennifer N.

Author discusses abuse from her mom and struggle with eating disorders and being a celebrity. It was interesting and gave you an inside look at being a child actor.

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Anonymous

so much respect for her, bloody amazing book.

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Tiffany G.

Loved it, her way of speaking pits you right in the room with her. I didn’t watch her shows I’m a little older but I loved her story. Best wishes, my abuse was similar with my dad and after his passing I thought … it’s too late for answers. But in an interview Janette said “ I think my moms passing is what led me to the questions. That’s when I realized.. same ! Thank you for helping others too.

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Gregory B.

Riveting. One of the best books I’ve ever read. Highly recommend listening as an audio book so you can hear it in Jenette’s voice.

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Danielle B.

So happy she finally got to write because holy poop she’s so good at it!!! I could not stop listening to this and blasted through it in 2 days.

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Anonymous

An absolutely fascinating, funny, and heartbreaking book about Parental Abuse and the price of stardom. McCurdy exposes some of the most personal and vulnerable moments of her life to bring you a book where some of the events out of it wouldn't be too out of place in a soap opera or sitcom that she herself would be staring in. An absolute must read/listen to for this year.

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Jenny F.

Best book I’ve ever read! Captivating and beautifully written Jeannette shares her life with us. Thank you. My new favorite book

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Jessica G.

Loved this book and her narration of her own story. I laughed I cried I cringed I smiled. Sharing her story is going to help many people.

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Anonymous

I really hope Jeanette feels she found her calling with writing because wow! It was incredible even for her to read it. I ant wait for her next books!

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Maegan W.

Extremely relatable having a narc as a parent as well. It really hit home for me in many ways.. beautifully written and told, thank you for sharing your story. I would recommend this book to everyone. It’s a must read! Amazing Job Jennette!

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Anonymous

absolutely loved this book.

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Heather H.

This book is a compelling and irresistible read despite being incredibly harrowing. The subject matter was heartbreaking, but the story is told so well that I couldn't put it down. I didn't know what to expect from it when I picked it up, but this book is my favorite so far this year.

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Jennessa P.

This was such a good read. It was powerful

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Bpina12

I like this book

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Lindsey P.

I’ve loved Jennette since I was a kid, and I always made sure to keep up with her as I got older. I grew up in an abusive home similar to her character Sam and seeing her on iCarly as a kid made me feel seen. I listened to this in one sitting and I’m so proud of her. This is such a good book and hearing her tear up made me sob.

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Alexandria F.

Amazing! Loved how she persevered despite everything that’s happened in her life. A true role model

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Anonymous

Janette is an amazing person. Great author. Very glad she told her story.

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Laura C.

Absolutely amazing.

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Anonymous

Such a real, transparent feeling as she’s reading. I loved this book she was so genuine. Also this book title has nothing to do with YOUR relationship with YOUR mom.

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