Book: I'm Glad My Mom Died
Author: Jennette McCurdy
This is my 94th read for the year
This is the true story of the author. Raised in a Mormon household with three older brothers, a mother who had stage 4 cancer, and her father - Jennette tells her story of what it was like to grow up in show business and how it affected her life so far. She states that she never wanted to be a star, and it led to her to spiral out of control as she went through her teens and early 20s. Her mother passed when she was in her mid-20s after a long battle with breast cancer, and Jennette spends most of the book recounting her relationship with her mother and how it shaped her.
This was a pretty good book. I decided to listen to it because the author reads it. My kids loved iCarly and Sam and Cat when they were little, so I am familiar with this actress in that aspect. I had no idea what was going on "behind the scenes" in her life. This is a deeply troubled girl. She grew up with a narcissistic mother and became an anorexic and then a bulimic. She still struggles with bulimia today. She lost herself as a child star and seems to still be finding her way. She blames her mom for most of it, and granted - from Jennetts point of view - a lot of this could stem from their relationship. Her mother encouraged the anorexia. She forced Jennette to take auditions. This is a one sided story, so no one will really know the truth.
Note: This one has a lot of triggers- abuse, alcoholism, anorexia and bulimia.