I’m Glad My Mom Died has to be one of the most compelling memoirs I’ve ever read. I was planning to listen to this in snippets at work but ended up finishing the whole thing in three days.
Jennette McCurdy is a former child actor best known for playing the second lead on Nickelodeon’s iCarly. Told in first-person vignettes, this book is a detailed journey through McCurdy’s co-dependent relationship with her abusive mother and how her mother’s actions slowly deteriorated her mental health. This is a dark book with an even darker sense of humor, that will leave you with more questions than answers by the end.
McCurdy has written about her family and struggles in her essays and comedy shows and this book feels like the perfect culmination of a well-examined life.
I do think the things McCurdy says about Ariana Grande are being over blown up by the media. It is a small part of the book to show how Nickelodeon treated her unfairly but takes up a lot of the headlines.
I’m a lifelong reader who started blogging about YA books in 2011 but now I read in just about every genre! I love YA coming of age stories, compelling memoirs and genre bending SFF. You can find me talking all things romance at Romance and Sensibility.