This was quite the memoir, I’ll tell you that much. I experienced a myriad of emotions while reading this: shock, disgust, joy, compassion, and more. Here's my book review...
Average Rating: 4.56 stars
My Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Nonfiction, memoir
Descriptors: Emotional, reflective, sad
CW/TW: Graphic - eating disorder, child abuse, emotional abuse, Moderate - alcoholism. To see the full list click here.
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.
My Book Review
I’d wanted to read this as soon as it came out, but didn’t get a chance to buy a copy until now. I read this in two days. It would have been one but I had to practice some self-restraint and go to bed at a decent hour.
The good thing about short chapters is that it’s easier to read. Either way I was hooked from the start and I didn’t want to put it down. And yes, I will admit it, I can be very nosy.
On a more serious note, I could so easily relate to Jennette’s experience with her mother being ill. My own mother had cancer and passed away when I was still a teenager and I remember the inability to relate to peers my age. The “normal” problems and struggles of my peers seemed so inconsequential because my mom is literally dying, I could care less about your rumours and drama.
Thankfully, my mother was not at all narcissistic or so controlling, so my connection to Jennette’s experience kind of ends there. However, that doesn’t mean I do not have empathy for what she went through. I remember watching iCarly as a kid and I immediately took a liking to Jennette’s character so to now learn what she’d been going through during that entire time is eye-opening, but also heartbreaking.
I’ve been listening to Alyson Stoner’s podcast Dear Hollywood and it has similar themes to I’m Glad My Mom Died. Alyson is also a former child actor that is now pulling back the curtains and sharing what it’s really like for kids in the industry. I would definitely recommend giving it a listen and I’ll probably do a podcast review sometime soon.
All in all, this memoir was definitely eye opening and I’m grateful for all it’s taught me. I’m going to continue to learn about the film industry and its impact on children through Dear Hollywood. I’ve also read Tom Felton’s Beyond The Wand. I feel as if more and more of these stories are coming out now and it’s really for the best.