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Jennette McCurdy is only 30 years old, but the former actor has, like many child stars before her, already surmounted a plethora of trauma.  

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Now, she's unpacking it all in an engrossing and heart-wrenching new memoir, opening up about the abuse 

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she suffered at the hands of her own late mother and in an industry she never aspired to have a career in. 

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Jennette — who most recognize as the zany Sam Puckett from Nickelodeon's hit show of the aughts "iCarly" (and its later spinoff with Ariana Grande, "Sam & Cat" 

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lays the sins of her mother bare in "I'm Glad My Mom Died," which was released by Simon & Schuster on Aug. 9.  

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While tackling the plights of young fame ("The second the child star tries to outgrow and break free from their image, they become bait for the media, 

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highly publicized as rebellious, troubled, and tortured," McCurdy writes), the author also reexamines her upbringing, the relationships she cultivated in Hollywood, 

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and her lengthy struggle with food. Dark moments are injected with McCurdy's signature humor and memories revisited with perspective that only comes with time. 

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She Suffered Years of Emotional, Physical, and Mental Abuse From Her Mother

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