I’m Glad My Mom Died

What I read: I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jeanette McCurdy

Why I picked it up: I heard it was a terrible story written very well, and I appreciate an insight into the lives of actors.

How I read it: On audio at 1.5x speed while planting.

What it’s about: Jeanette tells the story of “before” her mom died and “after” through a series of short chapters that could all be considered short essays. It was awful to listen to, meaning the things she was put through were just things no kid should ever have to endure. Her mom made her act so she could live vicariously through her daughter, she taught her how to have an eating disorder, and she was abusive. She showered her until she was at least 16 giving her regular “exams” in the shower – for what purpose, the author still doesn’t know.

What I liked: I appreciated the insight into her life told in such a raw way.

What I disliked: It was horrifying to listen to – her mother wasn’t the only abuser in her life – and she experienced things no child or adult should ever have to endure.

Genre: Celebrity memoir, abuse.

Rating & Recommendation: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and absolutely. Unless abuse or eating disorders are a trigger for you, then stay far away.


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