I am so happy to be writing this review on Jennette MCcurdy’s I’m Glad My Mom Died. I remember being younger and watching her first on Icarly. She played Sam Puckeet and she was this bad ass chick that didn’t take crap from anyone. She was just a girl I wished I knew growing up. Then I saw her on Netflix’s Between. Since season two ended I never knew what had happened to her. She was just one of those actors that was different, but like my mama said ” You may see a person happy and living life. You just never know what a person’s life is behind closed doors.”
When I saw that Jennette had a memoir, I just had to read it. Instead of reading it, though, I got the audiobook on Scribd. Guys, when I tell you, I have never read a more deeply personal memoir like hers before. As kids, we want nothing more than to please our parents, and for Jennette it was her mom. Her mom wanted a life of fame, and when that wasn’t attainable , she lived vicariously through her daughter. The mental abuse at the hands of her mother was so sad to me, and Jennette never had a childhood like you and I, and like most childhood stars, they have to hit rock-bottom before they get help or worse. Also, the events she faced during her mother’s life and after her mother’s death was one a person should never go through.
To be honest, I am glad she died as well. I know that’s harsh, but once you’ve read the book, you will feel the same way. Jennette’s life was just job after another, but in the end, she beat those thoughts and bulimic and anorexia acts, and now I love her as a writer. I won’t go into specifics, but this book will open your eyes to what life is as a child actor at Nickelodeon and the trauma she endured there. When allegations came out about Dan Schneide and I never knew what went, Jennette went through. It goes to show there are sick people that are behind the shows we grew up watching. For Jennette she had to face a vile man like Dan and I’m glad karma caught up with him.
With the remake of ICarly came to be a few months ago, Jennette talked about and reassured us that Miranda did ask her if she want to return as Sam and thank god Jennette said no, because her recovery and mental health is important. So we can now put that rumor to rest. For Miranda to ask, it was sweet. The whole Memoir was just amazing and I would recommend listening to the audiobook. The transition in the book is amazing. She goes through the ages of her life that she remembers and speaks as though we’re there with her. It’s like in shows and movies where we’re ghosts and we go back in time and we see the person go through moments of their life. We cant touch or interact, we just are there seeing the person at that exact moment.
Over all, I give the book 5 out of 5 stars. I’ve read a lot of memoirs, but this one was raw and personal, and will open your eyes to what’s hidden behind the doors for child actors. I hope you like this review and my thoughts behind it. I want to know what you guys think as well. All comments and opinions are welcome and here’s to a new week ahead. Thank you for reading my Panda Book Review!