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Behind the Success of Jennette McCurdy's Riveting Memoir, 'I'm Glad My Mom Died'

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If you’ve been anywhere on the internet in the past few weeks, then you must have heard about Jennette McCurdy’s recent memoir, ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died.’ An instant New York Times Bestseller, the book details Jennette’s tumultuous relationship with her mother and the abuse she experienced as a child actor. There have been many rumors and questions surrounding Jennette’s life with Nickelodeon, but this is the growth and healing she went through when she left that job. Despite the television channel being a space for primarily children’s entertainment, many statements claim Nickelodeon executives are predatory and that their working environments are unsafe. While calling out her mother’s abusive tendencies, Jennette's memoir also serves as an important wake-up call for child actors and the entertainment industry.As you read the memoir, here are some answers to common questions about McCurdy's life and career.

Is Sam from iCarly in jail?

Sam from iCarly, known as Jennette McCurdy, is not in jail. While her character, Sam Puckett, has been arrested multiple times and served time in juvie, the actress has never been to jail. Carly commented on Sam’s absence in the 2021 Paramount+ iCarly reboot, mentioning that Sam was not in jail, or art school, but rather that she was a part of a biker gang.

Why is Sam not coming back to iCarly?

Long story short, Jennette McCurdy decided to quit acting, thus cutting ties with her character and any future roles in iCarly. If you want more details on why she made this decision, check out her memoir! McCurdy goes into great detail explaining the toll acting had on her physical and mental health. She mentions how she needs to put herself first and that returning to iCarly would not allow her to heal in the necessary ways. So while her fellow costars, Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Cress, and Jerry Trainor, all tried to convince her to join the reboot, she refused, choosing to focus on other goals.

Why did Jennette McCurdy name her book I’m glad my mom died?

Jennette McCurdy has opened up about her abusive mother in the past, and this book goes more in-depth with her experiences. In an interview, she mentioned wanting a title that felt provocative. While her grandmother was upset about it, Jennette thought it was essential to have a bit of humor in her book that was meant to help her heal: “Our grandmother is very upset about that title. It’s more of a coping mechanism. You can either be like, ‘Woe is me, my life is horrible.’ Or you find the humor in these things that are really tragic."

What is Jennette McCurdy doing now?

Currently, Jennette McCurdy is acting again, and she is now a bestselling author. In 2020, she debuted her tragic-comedy one-woman show, “I’m” Glad My Mom Died,” in Los Angeles. She also hosts a podcast called “Empty Inside,” where she has opened up about her traumatic past with acting, including her experiences with Nickelodeon.

Popular quotes from I’m Glad My Mom Died

Moms are saints, angels by merely existing. No one could possibly understand what it's like to be a mom. Men will never understand, women with no children will never understand. No one buts moms know the hardship of motherhood and we non-moms must heap nothing but praise upon mom because we lowly, pitiful, non-moms are mere peasants compared to the goddesses we call mothers.” ― Jennette McCurdy

“A pushover is a bad thing to be, but an opinionated pushover is a worse thing to be. A pushover is nice and goes along with it, whatever it is. An opinionated pushover acts nice and goes along with it, but while quietly brooding and resentful. I am an opinionated pushover.” ― Jennette McCurdy

“SLIPS ARE TOTALLY NORMAL. WHEN you have a slip, it’s just that. A slip. It doesn’t define you. It doesn’t make you a failure. The most important thing is that you don’t let that slip become a slide,” ― Jennette McCurdy

“One of the more excruciating emotional disconnects for me is when someone says something they think is poignant and I receive it as complete bullshit.” ― Jennette McCurdy

“Loving someone is vulnerable. It's sensitive. It's tender. And I get lost in them. If I love someone, I start to disappear. It's so much easier to just do googly eyes and fond memories and inside jokes for a few months, run the second things start to get real, then repeat the cycle with someone new.” ― Jennette McCurdy

“I yearn to know the people I love deeply and intimately—without context, without boxes—and I yearn for them to know me that way, too.” ― Jennette McCurdy

“Why do we romanticize the dead? Why can't we be honest about them? Especially moms, they're the most romanticized of anyone.


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