Book Review: There Are No Dragons In This Book by Donna Lambo-Weidner

There Are No Dragons In This Book by Donna Lambo-Weidner is a children's book where kids look to make sure there are no dragons in the book.  The expected publication date is March 5, 2024.  I'd like to thank NetGalley for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of this book. I have to say that I was a bit disappointed in this picture book.  I didn't care for the story, and it's not something I would likely read to a child.  I also didn't like that the story actually did have dragons in it only because I feel like a child might be upset that they were mislead.  However, I'm not the target audience, so kids may love it. On a positive note, I did enjoy the colorful illustrations.  It definitely gives the reader a lot to look at.  Three out of five stars is what I gave There Are No Dragons In This Book by Donna Lambo-Weidner. Follow Us On Social Media

Book Review: I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy

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I'm Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy is a heartbreaking memoir of former child actress Jennette McCurdy, best known for her roles on Nickelodeon's iCarly and Sam & Cat.  Jennette wanted nothing more than to please her mother so at six years old, she went on her first audition.  From there, Jennette starts restricting her calorie intake with the help of her mother.  Things get worse for Jennette, and she takes us on her journey to overcome many things.

This is a book I wouldn't have read had the book club I belong to not chose it for our February 2023 meeting.  I vaguely knew who the actress was, but the title of her autobiography was a huge turn off for me.  With that being said, I am so glad that I bit the bullet and read her story.  I now know why Jennette chose the title she did.  The grass was definitely not greener on her side.

I can not believe all the things Jennette had to endure from her mother, including but not limited to vaginal and breast examinations,, the mother bathing Jennette into her teens and at times forcing her and her older brother to shower together, and being encouraged by her mother to starve herself so Jennette didn't develop breasts in the hopes to get younger roles longer.  There is so much more that went on behind closed doors, but you'll have to read the story to see what else Jennette endured.

I'd have to say that I'm Glad My Mom Died is well written and intriguing.  However, I would never say it's humorous like many of the synopses say.  It is a heartbreaking and disturbing read.  Jennette McCurdy's story may have triggers for people with eating disorders, addictions, or abuse.  Five out of five stars.


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