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I'm Glad My Mom Died
I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
A heartbreaking and hilarious memoir by iCarly and Sam & Cat star Jennette McCurdy about her struggles as a former child actorincluding eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing motherand how she retook control of her life. Jennette McCurdy was six years old when she had her first acting audition. Her mothers dream was for her only daughter to become a star, and Jennette would do anything to make her mother happy. So she went along with what Mom called calorie restriction, eating little and weighing herself five times a day. She endured extensive at-home makeovers while Mom chided, Your eyelashes are invisible, okay? You think Dakota Fanning doesnt tint hers? She was even showered by Mom until age sixteen while sharing her diaries, email, and all her income. In Im Glad My Mom Died, Jennette recounts all this in unflinching detailjust as she chronicles what happens when the dream finally comes true. 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, Jennette embarks on recovery and decides for the first time in her life what she really wants. Told with refreshing candor and dark humor, Im Glad My Mom Died is an inspiring story of resilience, independence, and the joy of shampooing your own hair.
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juleskr02
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read: september 20-october 2, 2022

jennette mccurdy does a fantastic job at revealing the most vulnerable and traumatic parts of her life in a way that keeps readers both interested and curious to learn more. the structure in which she writes is organized and well thought-out, and as you read you feel for her in facing emotional abuse from her mother and that abuse‘s aftermath in her mental illness. wonderfully written, and i enjoyed it a lot!

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juleskr02
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“Is Dwayne Johnson God?”

-Chapter 89, Page 299

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CharismaRaven13
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I read a few memoirs and this one is definitely one that will stay with me for a long time. Jennette is a very skilled writer and unfortunately she was able to show us her amazing skills until now. Her memoir is one of a dark childhood, with a very manipulative and abusive mother and also shows Hollywood in a much darker light (but always kinda knew that, right?) 5 Stars and i highly recommend this!

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juleskr02
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“Fuck being a good sport, I‘d rather be playing charades with Tom Hanks.”

-Chapter 58, Page 198

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rachelk
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When my daughter was a kid we watched iCarly together and Sam (played by Jennette McCurdy) was our favorite character. Hearing what her life was really like (an abusive mother, a vile Nickelodeon boss, learned eating disorders, alcoholism and troubled relationships) is heartbreaking but McCurdy emerges a brave, decisive woman and unflinching writer with an intact sense of humor. IMO you don‘t need to know who McCurdy is to find this impactful.

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abookishbutterfly
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I‘m glad McCurdy was able to share her story. I think she did well expressing the thoughts and feelings of her childhood, the transition into an adult who had too much to process and no healthy way of doing so, and the hope she now has as she reassesses who her mother was. While she doesn‘t talk a lot about her understanding of the emotional impact, she demonstrates that impact as she conveys the frightening coping mechanisms that ruled her life

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rachelsbrittain
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I tend to be wary of celebrity memories and worried from excerpts I'd seen that the writing was going to be mediocre, but I'm glad I decided to try the audiobook anyway because I was very wrong. McCurdy experiences as a child star with an abusive mother who instigated her eating disorder was fascinating, heartbreaking, and amidst all that full of humor. It's a compelling read that particularly stands out in audio since its narrated by the author.

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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My September #WrapUp

📚 7 books - my monthly average this year

🌟I really liked Jennette McCurdy's memoir, it's so raw.
⭐Favourite Fiction goes to Black Eyed Susans.
👎🏻And maybe an unpopular opinion, but I really disliked Bridget Jonen's Dairy

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bookish_wookish
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Ive heard really good things about this one. I would watch iCarly with my son (and without 😊) and a little bit of Sam and Cat but wasnt a huge fan. The lives of child actors have always fascinated me!

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juleskr02
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“…says my OCD voice, formerly known as my Still Small Voice, but which I‘ve since accepted as the pounding voice of mental illness.”

-Chapter 40, Page 138

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Chelsea.Poole
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I resisted this because of the title —I don‘t want to read about moms dying. But this blew up and I gave in to the short audiobook, narrated by the author and so glad I did. I‘ve never seen a single episode of iCarly but it‘s not necessary to have any prior knowledge of McCurdy to deeply connect with her through her experiences she shares. Her issues stem from her emotionally unstable and ill mother who manipulated Jennette into acting as a child.

ElizaMarie I felt the same way! I was hesitant to pick this up… but the audio was so short — why not? So glad I did :) 5d
Suet624 She has an interesting interview with Dax Shepard and Monica Padman on Armchair Expert if you want to listen... 5d
OrangeMooseReads I have a hold put in for this. It sounds interesting. 5d
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Ladygodiva7
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My turn from the library! #dogsoflitsy

RenePenn Look at that pretty baby! 😍 5d
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Lydiamansel
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Hard to get through, but well written

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Sarahannereadsbooks
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What a refreshingly honest book. This is probably one of the best memoirs I have ever read. No punches were held. The writing is fantastic and considering a lot of the shocking content that is revealed the book remains witty and hopeful for the future.

It's an emotional read, but I would highly recommend this book.

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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion time! This did not work for me. I appreciate that McCurdy has been through a lot but I agree with @jdiehr that it would‘ve been a stronger, more interesting book for me in 20 years. At times, it read like lists of things that happened without the greater context and more nuanced reflection that comes with age. The #audiobook narration sounded detached and flat to me, which didn‘t help either.

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deirdrebeecher
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I honestly think this book will save lives. Jennette's unflinching portrayal of her childhood will help those who haven't yet recognised growing up in emotional chaos is abuse. To name inappropriate touching by females as abuse. To understand the difficulties of recovering from eating disorders, the mental illnesses with the highest death rates. It is clear film and tv need to do a lot more to keep kids safe or avoid using them altogether. Pick

deirdrebeecher Dammit I hate when I accidently blurb a book I mean to review. 1w
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jdiehr
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Mehso-so

As I've gotten older, I look back on how I acted and presented myself when I was in my 20s and cringe.

I think this will happen to McCurdy as well.

It's unsettling and sad. I didn't find the humor other readers seemed to find and totally disagree with the blurb on the cover about it being "an important cultural document."

I think after, say, 20 more years, more healing and maturing, McCurdy will be able to write the book I was hoping to read.

Megabooks 💯 agree with your review. Well put! 1w
Suet624 I can't imagine you're right but at least she now has more material to write about in 20 years. :) 1w
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Skyrimir
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I tried posting a review after getting scammed and my review was rejected. I went back to try again and at least someone was able to post a review to prevent others from the same!

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TugstenDragon
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Finally got a hold of this book, the waitlist at the library was extensive. Thought is was really good and engaging. Some of the subject matter is really difficult to read but overall would recommend to anyone whose had a complicated relationship with family or a family member.

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Megabooks
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If you‘re on Instagram, do yourself a favor and watch the reel Ann posted today. I‘ve read over 200 memoirs in the past two years, and what she said about them often being about one big event and not having much story development other than that, I‘ve found is quite true. She gave words to why I wasn‘t impressed by McCurdy‘s book (tagged ⬆️) and many others.

The book she recommends (tagged ⬇️) is on my shopping list at Parnassus next month!

Megabooks This is the one she recommends, and since I gave 5⭐️ to Danticat‘s short story collection, I‘m excited to read it! (edited) 2w
Megabooks The reel is under the Parnassus Books account. 👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen Ohhh, another book for #NonFictionNovember 2w
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BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing this. I loved (edited) 2w
BarbaraBB … So I am more than willing to read another Danticat! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen 💯💯💯!! 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I know! We both loved that one. I‘ll let you know about the memoir! 2w
Hooked_on_books I heard Ann on a podcast not long ago and she doesn‘t mince words! 😂 I was initially a little startled, since I‘m so used to people with media training making efforts to smooth everything over, but then I realized I really appreciated her blunt candor. 1w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books she doesn‘t. I feel like she is more firm in her opinions but isn‘t rude about it. Parnassus has some interesting content on Instagram, but these she posts on Friday about backlist titles are my favorite. She give her reasons behind like and dislike, and I really appreciate that! 1w
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murfman
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I wasn't sure what to expect when going into this, but I admit I was drawn to it mainly because I remember my kids watching Ms. McCurdy in iCarly when they were young. I'm really happy I decided to read it. It is a definite must read for those that like memoirs and are/were fans of McCurdy's or Nickelodeon back in the day. It turns out she is a great writer, and this was a much better read than I thought it would be.

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juleskr02
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“My life purpose has always been to make Mom happy, to be who she wants me to be. So without Mom, who am I supposed to be now?”

-Prologue, Page x

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Nessavamusic
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A funny and very sad memoir about her life as a child actor and a very abusive relationship with her mother. It is very well written and I highly recommend the audiobook which she narrates herself. 5⭐️

#SuperSeptember #20in4 #Readathon Book 3 done!

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 2w
AmyG I just finished this on audio. Yes, she does a great job reading her book. Quite unimaginable at times what a parent can do to a child, the lies, the narcissism. Very well written book. (edited) 2w
LiseWorks I heard her in an interview and felt sad how her mom treated her 2w
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Skyrimir
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I got got. The picture on Amazon conveniently was missing the part that says it‘s a notebook, not the book itself. Luckily I can return it.

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MeganLindell
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AshVera
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I finally got my hands on this! What did everyone think??? #jennettemccurdy #imgladmymomdied #autobiography

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simplycourtney
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This was hard to read at times. Learning so much about her life and behind the scenes was fascinating but sad. Multiple times throughout the story I wish I could give her a hug. I do highly recommend the audio. this book deals with with some heavy topics. I‘ll admit the title caught me off guard but after reading it is well deserved in my opinion. Jennette deserved better. She deserved a childhood to grow and learn who she was. Check TWs

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I don‘t like knowing people in the context of things. Oh, that‘s the person I work out with. That‘s the person I‘m in a book club with. That‘s the person I did that show with. Because once the context ends, so does the friendship.
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.

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keithlafo
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Not an easy read, but one worth your time. So full of pain, anger, perseverance, frustration, and — ultimately — hope. One of my favorite memoirs that I‘ve read.

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I Carly and Witches of Waverly Place were on in our house every day when my 2 boys were younger. I watched all the episodes with them and completely enjoyed them. This book is heartbreaking 💔 JM is on the mend but holy smokes her mom was a piece of work. This is great on audio, read by her but be prepared because there are quite a few points where it‘s hard to hear.

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Training today meant an actual lunch break like normal people, and I think lunch breaks are best spent at bookstores. Stumbled upon this unicorn book so I had to get it 📖🤓🤩

ItsAnotherJen There's been a lot of buzz about this book! The attention getting title definitely made me want to read it. Eye opening for sure 3w
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One of the rawest and most honest memoirs I've read. McCurdy doesn't hold back as she shares growing up with an abusive mother, being coerced into acting, and battling aneating disorder. The way McCurdy talks about her childhood, you can feel the fear she felt and the eggshells she walked on so vividly. I did this on audioand her feelings really come through her reading. I absolutely loved this one and highly recommend it.

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A raw , spare, heartbreaking book of mental, physical and sexual abuse by an over the top stage mom. McCurdy is a talented storyteller and is so brave to share her story with the word. Really powerful on #audio as read by the author, you could hear her break up at times 😢

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K.M.-Forester
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I chose to enjoy this read via audiobook. Honestly hearing Jennette McCurdy read her own memoir felt much more powerful than physically reading it myself. This is something everyone should read/hear. Hands down one of the best books I‘ve read.

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So to say I enjoyed this would be a lie. This is a hard read/listen. McCurdy reads the audiobook herself and she has a dry way of expressing some really horrific and abusive behavior. I tend to not feel overly “sorry” for celebrities that complain about their lives but with her I definitely have sympathy. She didn‘t even want to act and her mom guilted her into it! And that‘s the least of the mom‘s horrible behaviors. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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mcctrish
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Trying to clean my oven while I listen to JM tell me about her life. Neither are making me happy

marleed I only have 588 people in front of me before this drops to my loans! But I have 759 people behind me with 5 new copies added since my hold -125 library copies! 3w
mcctrish @marleed Godspeed 🤞🏻🙏🏻 ( when I say the book makes me unhappy it‘s not because I don‘t like it, it‘s what this poor girl has gone through 😳☹️😢) 3w
EvieBee Okay, hear me out. That Dawn spray works wonders on the oven with minimal effort. 😆 3w
mcctrish @EvieBee I‘m going to buy the dawn spray then 3w
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K.M.-Forester
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Listening to this book and just shocked. I remember being a kid watching iCarly and wanting to be just like Jeanette McCurdy. Now knowing all the things she went through…just flabbergasted and at a loss for words. Overall so far this memoir is amazing.

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A lot of hyped books tend to be a bit “overrated”, just kind of filled with platitudes and almost seeming to capitalize off the #MeToo movement. This book was not that. It‘s worth every single bit of hype that it‘s gotten. Jeanette‘s voice was one that was so deeply silenced, that no one even considered how dark such abuse could get and how deep the lies ran, until she came out screaming in this book. She‘s def the writer she always wished to be.

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Evita
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4 out of 5! Don't go in blind look at trigger warnings.

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Her mother was an abuser in so many ways and I feel like Jennette‘s life could have been completely different if her mother wasn‘t in the picture. Mental abuse, physical abuse, an eating disorder encouraged by her mother, she didn‘t get the childhood she deserved and that played a major part in how things progressed for her as an adult. I applaud Jennette‘s openness about her life and the struggles she endured. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Today‘s National Buy a Book Day!!! 📕

To celebrate, I bought A Psalm for the Wild-Built and I‘m Glad My Mom Died.

#buyabookday

RaeLovesToRead Wait a minute... no one told me it was National Buy a Book Day?!??! I think this must have been kept secret from me on account of all the book-buying recently... 🤔🤔 4w
TheRiehlDeal @RaeLovesToRead I think this only pertains to people in the US, but I don‘t think there‘s a rule excluding international peeps. 4w
RaeLovesToRead True... but I will use any excuse to buy books 😁😁 4w
britt_brooke 🤩🤩 4w
Cinfhen Well done 👍🏻 4w
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KaylaCostello
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Excellent read.

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marleed
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Since I‘m not familiar with Jeannette McCurdy I planned to skip this memoir but kept seeing positive reviews from Littens so I put a hold on it. Holy Moly! This may be as far back in the queue as I‘ve ever been with a library copy. Fortunately, my library purchased 120 copies. There‘s currently 710 holds on it, and I‘m curious how long my wait will actually be!

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Katie.happens
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jennette McCurdy is my new favorite writer. I laughed, I cried, I will read anything she writes forever. It is 1000% worth the hype. If you haven‘t picked it up yet, give it a chance, you won‘t regret it.

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Kerrbearlib
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Realized I forgot to cancel my Scribd account. That‘s OK, I get to listen to this audiobook now rather than waiting three months to get it from cloudLibrary! Hooray! 😄

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BookKenz
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I can't even describe how much I love this book and how important I think it is. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ElizaMarie I loved it too! I was so shocked when I was listening to it (just picked it up because I kept on hearing that it was a “must“ read/listen). I am too old for the iCarly times, but still! Wow! This poor child! 1mo
bookish_wookish Im on the waiting list at my library for this one! I cant wait for my turn! 1mo
ReadingOver50 I am on the waiting list at my library. 56 people ahead of me! 1mo
BookKenz @ElizaMarie I agree! There were so many shocking and sad moments. It was so well written too. 1mo
BookKenz @bookish_wookish @ReadingOver50 fingers crossed your holds come in quickly! 1mo
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟heartbreakingly honest and sad! You don‘t have to know who she was as a child to feel all of this. Abuse comes in many forms. She has come out stronger and more clear who she is today. I applaud this woman.

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ElizaMarie
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I listened to this one (rather quickly) I want to say it was 5-6 hours long (and my drive to and from work is around 30ish minutes). Anyway, I had listened to the Audio (which was read by the author). It was so good! So heavy, so sad, so good, though! I am not usually a memoir type of person, but I am so glad to have picked this one up!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💐 1mo
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#readingwrapup
Total pages read 2,889 - probably more tho since I‘m in the middle of a few other books lol