Jennette McCurdy was six years old when she had her first acting audition. Her mother’s dream was for her only daughter to become a star, and Jennette would do anything to make her mother happy.
She endured extensive at-home makeovers while Mom chided, “Your eyelashes are invisible, okay? You think Dakota Fanning doesn’t tint hers?”
She was even showered by Mom until age sixteen while sharing her diaries, email, and all her income.
Cast in a new Nickelodeon series called iCarly, she is thrust into fame. Though Mom is ecstatic, emailing fan club moderators and getting on a first-name basis with the paparazzi (“Hi Gale!”)
Jennette is riddled with anxiety, shame, and self-loathing, which manifest into eating disorders, addiction, and a series of unhealthy relationships.
These issues only get worse when, soon after taking the lead in the iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande, her mother dies of cancer. Finally, after discovering therapy and quitting acting,
As dark and eye-opening as this book is, it is bound with comedic alleviation and learned mindfulness all through. In addition, we get some knowledge about the way things were to for Jennette to be tossed into Hollywood as a child artist, it's not pretty.This is an extremely candid record on the maltreatment jennette mccurdy endured at the hands of her narcissistic mother, and how that converged with her experience as a child artist.