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3.50  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,370 Ratings  ·  377 Reviews
How rude!
Jodie Sweetin melted our hearts and made us laugh for eight years as cherub-faced, goody-two-shoes middle child Stephanie Tanner. Her ups and downs seemed not so different from our own, but more than a decade after the popular television show ended, the star publicly revealed her shocking recovery from methamphetamine addiction. Even then, she kept a painful secr
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 3rd 2009 by Gallery Books (first published October 12th 2009)
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Heather
Oct 05, 2010 Heather rated it liked it
Here’s the deal: Jodie Sweetin obviously wrote very little of this book. I truly feel for her ghostwriter, Jon Warech. But I don’t agree with his theory that throwing in wanton exclamation points and constant parentheses-ed observations makes the text feel more like a 29-year-old cokehead wrote it. They don’t. They’re just annoying.

The story was solid enough for the first 2/3, but then, suddenly, it became Every Other Recovery Book Ever Written.”Every day I strive to stay sober! I will never be
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Gus
Jul 14, 2010 Gus rated it it was ok
While the book was interesting, I'm a little skeptical about Jodie's reason for writing it. She flat out says that she's a liar throughout the book and was cracked out during her sobriety speeches that she gave to college students. She also talks about how desperate she is for money. That, along with the fact that she relapses about 1000 times, makes me think that maybe she wrote this for money for drugs. I also thought it should have been a bit more graphic and detailed. Basically the whole thi ...more
Kim
Jan 17, 2010 Kim rated it it was ok
I saw this on the new release shelf at the library and couldn't resist. (Don't judge me!!) Probably like most people who picked up this book, I really wanted to hear the dirt about Jodie Sweetin's "Full House" days. There were one or two chapters at the beginning that made me laugh with their references to certain episodes of the show, and I always enjoyed when members of the cast made cameos in the book later on (like John Stamos, Jodie Sweetin and one of the Olsen twins passed out drunk in a b ...more
Orsolya
Dec 13, 2011 Orsolya rated it it was ok
I will let the cat out of the bag: I was a “Full House” fan. Furthermore, I picked a favorite daughter on the cheesy sitcom. Stephanie Judith Tanner. There was a time when I wanted to meet Jodie Sweetin (the actress who played Stephanie) and be her friend (I was young, forgive me). Well, that bubble was certainly popped…

Jodie Sweetin’s initial voice in the introduction and first chapter was instantly weak and annoying (for lack of a better term) as she tried to portray herself as the damaged and
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Angela B
Mar 22, 2010 Angela B rated it it was ok
A very quick read, started and finished in about three hours. Always heard bits and pieces in the media about "Stephanie Tanner" turning into a junkie, and wanted to hear the story from her point of view. It wasn't bad, but nothing groundbreaking here. She keeps the "tales of drug horror" fairly clean...I was expecting (wanting?) to hear something a bit more graphic than puking/blacking out stories. It seemed fairly tame compared to some of the stories/experiences I've witnessed in my real life ...more
Kelly Cordes
Apr 03, 2012 Kelly Cordes rated it really liked it
This is the first non fiction book I have ever read by my own choosing. I think everyone reviewing this has been honest in saying that we were all Full House fans, myself included. Stephanie was always my favorite, I even read the Stephanie books (which honestly was the first series of books I got into, bringing me here after all these years.) and went through a phase when I wanted to name my daughter Jodie when I grew up. I debated whether I wanted to read this, if I was ready to hear that some ...more
✟Sabrina Rutter✟
Imagine your a drug addict, and have a lot of money! Well that was Jodie Sweetin. She tried several times to get sober, but with each relapse she gave in entirely. The one thing that finally gave her enough strength to get sober, and stay that way was becoming a mother. This is not a Hollywood gossip memoir, it's a story about an actress and her struggles to overcome her addictions.
Jasmine
Mar 03, 2013 Jasmine rated it really liked it
The book as a whole was well written and put together nicely, however, I did have mixed feelings about Sweetin as a person. It is definitely easy to understand what she was feeling and going through but she came across as whiny and it seemed that she used her story to gather pity from the world. Many times she contradicts herself, for example, she said that when beginning high school she was always labelled as someone who thought she was better than others when really she would rather trade plac ...more
Matt
Nov 03, 2013 Matt rated it it was ok
As a preface to the review:
I am no addict, former or current, nor am I an expert on addiction. I can, however, offer some candid sentiments as a reader with a critical mind. When someone decides to present their lives in a published form, they can expect scrutiny and praise alike. Alas, no one is perfect, but it is the way in which someone chooses to share these battles that is at issue here. I can empathise at times, but I will not pull out a tissue and weep along with everyone simply to toe th
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FabulousRaye
Feb 27, 2016 FabulousRaye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, ebooks, 2016
Unlike the magazines, I didn't find this book to be "explosive" or "brutally honest." It was merely okay. Plus, she said she's a liar in the book. Who knows how true it was. It wasn't terribly relatable, unless you happen to be a hollywood child star who became an addict/alcoholic.

If you're looking for a trashy, gossipy book, move along. Nothing to see here.
Carrie Ann
Jan 06, 2010 Carrie Ann rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
This book was obviously written because Sweetin needs the money, which in of itself is not bad, but she also has nothing of interest to say and what she does say is done in a rather mundane, uninteresting way. The book recounts the story of her drug/alcohol problems, but it lacks depth and insight into those issues. The book is clearly written to show the author in a particular way to garner a particular public image for herself, but I have a feeling the truth is further away from what the book ...more
Kristen
Aug 16, 2011 Kristen rated it really liked it
As a lover of Full House, I was excited to read this novel. I didn't realize the extent of Jodie's battle with drugs and alcohol. It was a very interesting read - I loved the glimpse into her world of Full House filming and later full time partying. I applaud Jodie for her courage in writing this and battling her addictions. I admire her dedication to her daughter and wish her the best. I hope to see her in future film and tv roles so she may share her talents with the world.
Bertha
Jul 13, 2014 Bertha rated it liked it
OK I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I'm reading this but my 7 year old daughter's current Full House obsession has me revisiting my own love for the show and I couldn't resist.

This is not a well-written book, but lets face it, you're not reading the Jodie Sweetin autobiography because you're looking for the finest of literature.
Lauren Hopkins
Aug 25, 2015 Lauren Hopkins rated it it was ok
Drug abuse is always sad because it's clearly out of a person's control but all I saw from this book was "whine whine whine I have too much money endless whining about spending all of it on drugs and rehab. Did nothing to connect with me as a reader. Would much rather read something from someone who ACTUALLY struggled in that drug abused ruined their lives...because while Sweetin clearly dealt with ruined relationships and other issues, she still had a full support system behind her both financi ...more
Lori
Jul 24, 2015 Lori rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
this was okay maybe a 3.5. I read this for something to read. my daughter who is the same age as the Olsen Twins was a huge fan of Full House.I thought Full house okay although too sugar sweet at times. I like reading memoirs so thought I would give this a try. Jodie played Stephanie Tanner the middle child. when the show ended she was 13 and unemployed. she had to go back to public school. It was not easy for her to fit in. middle school aged kids can be very cruel and tough on each other. Soon ...more
Lindsay
May 18, 2014 Lindsay rated it liked it
I was shocked to learn that Jodie Sweetin had written a memoir and I did not know about it for 5 years! I read it in 2 hours, after a friend kindly loaned it to me.
Once again, I am happy that I am not a drug addict. Having read several memoirs of addicts, it just sounds unbearable (and expensive).

I don't know what's going to happen to Sweetin--since writing the book she has married and divorced a third time and had a second daughter. I hope that she doesn't relapse, but I don't think the statist
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NCPL Teenzone
Dec 05, 2009 NCPL Teenzone rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This quick read is the autobiography of actress Jodie Sweetin, known to the world as Stephanie Tanner from Full House. However in recent years, she's been in the media spotlight for her admissions of alcohol and drug abuse. Beyond her stories from Full House, struggles fitting in during the school years, Sweetin reveals secrets behind her struggles with addiction. In fact she admits that while touring colleges to speak about sober living, she was still secretly abusing drugs. "How Rude!"

There ar
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Jenny
Nov 27, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
I was a huge fan of the show Full House when I was growing up. Even as an adult I can appreciate the family lessons, as corny as they are. It also brings back many memories from my childhood. I was the age of Stephanie Tanner so I felt like I could relate to her character, and I grew up with her on Full House. I also looked up to D.J., played by Candice Cameron, just as both Stephanie Tanner, and the character in real life, Jodie Sweetin, did. So it's no surprise that when I found out Jodie Swee ...more
Zachary Flye
Feb 17, 2016 Zachary Flye rated it it was amazing
I'm not sure if I'll ever do a full review on this book. It's really hard to rate someone's life experience as it's not a narrative that they created, or well it could be but I'd like to believe that everything in this book is the truth as the author sees it, and I do. I started this book to learn more about this actress as she was in one of my favorite shows Full House. I knew going into to it that it was going to focus on her struggles with drugs and alcohol and there were some very intense an ...more
Jenn
Aug 04, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads, favorites
When it comes to memoirs I don’t let the reviews of others decide whether I’m going to read it or not, if it’s by someone I like I’m going to read it or not. That being said, I absolutely loved this book. Full House was ‘my show’ when I was younger and today I have the whole series on DVD and couldn’t wait to read the book.

I bought this book not knowing anything thing what was going on in her life (but knew that there was going to be some possible incite of what went on in her life). I saw the
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Erin Nudi
Feb 23, 2013 Erin Nudi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books
I read this book in one day. I've read other addiction/celebrity books before and this was pretty much what I expected, but in a good way. This was very, very raw and honest. I'm sure she left plenty of things out, understandably, but she also really put herself out there.

For people who enjoyed this book, I would recommend Maureen McCormick's book (Marcia Brady), Here's the Story. Like Sweetin, McCormick also had a deep routed secret stemming from her home life and relationship with her parents
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Allegra Green
Wow it was so fascinating to read this book, having loved Full House growing up. I never before thought how hard it was for the kids when the show ended so abruptly, and it was all they had known their whole lives. Stephanie Tanner, Jodie Sweetin, turns to alcohol, getting wasted at the tender age of 14, and then eventually meth and other drugs.

Reading about the addiction struggles was similar to many other 'addiction' books like Koren Zailckas' "Wasted", or parts of "A Million Little Pieces". H
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Nicki
Jul 25, 2013 Nicki rated it it was ok
Very quick read - print is large and it's only about 240 pages to start with.
I enjoyed the Full House stuff, but I have to say the drug use sounded very watered down and even boring. I have read a lot of true stories about addiction, I know it's a bit twisted, but it's kind of a favourite genre of mine. This is way too clean and nice for someone hooked on meth for that amount of time. I must be slipping as I'm usually pretty cynical and it didn't occur to me reading this, but another reviewer h
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Rebecca
Jul 30, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
Shelves: tv
Ohmigod, how awesome was this book? This is Jodie "Stephanie Tanner" Sweetin's autobiography! So you know it's going to kick ass already! I got this book at the perfect time, spending time in SF with my sister and it was a great "read out loud" book. I read the first 2 chapters out loud and they were pretty boring as they were about her childhood and her getting into FULL HOUSE, so we actually skipped like 5 chapters to get to the good stuff. If you don't know, when she was in high school and co ...more
Kerry Connelly

Decent read BUT.. anyone up for some theatrics? PG: 110
'I kept getting sick and passing out. At one point I sopped breathing. I was laying on the sidewalk, heartbeats away from death"'

I'm sorry but as soon as I read that, my inner voice wen't 'ohhhh come on' even she admits to having a knack for switching personalities whenever she wants to get what she want's.

I love Full House, and am very into memoirs/ autobiographies. So I thought I'd give this one a go.

One thing I can say is - she's define
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Heymardie
Apr 28, 2014 Heymardie rated it really liked it
I expected this to be a quick read with some fun Full House gossip, and it was. What I wasn't expecting was to be so moved by Jodie's story of addiction. She speaks very rawly about what it's like to relapse, and if nothing else I came away with a much more sympathetic view towards serious addicts. And child stars, for that matter. I sincerely hope that she can keep up with her newfound sobriety - I feel like I got to know her a little bit in the quick read, and I'm really rooting for her future ...more
Katie
Mar 11, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it
Written simply, this is Jodie Sweetin's story of deeply-rooted drug use, deceit, insecurity, relapse, and finally, becoming a mother. I read it in two sittings.

The book is disturbing, as Jodie has chased a constant 'high' for her entire adult life. I found her writing interesting and eye-opening. She admits that she has been selfish and has hurt people who love her, and I hope writing UnSweetined was therapeutic for her. Drugs suck.
Lindsay
Apr 08, 2016 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Growing up I was a Full House. Even started watching the episodes again recently. I think I liked it because Jodi and I are the same age, so its easier to relate to the character.
I felt that this was a very open and honest book. Now days if a celeb falls off the wagon everyone knows. Look at Lindsay Lohan. How Jodie went years with a drinking and drug problem without the press catching on is surprising.
Kind of wish she had stayed with her first husband, he seemed like a nice guy and am glad th
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Michael
Feb 08, 2015 Michael rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The appeal of this entire book is the train wreck that Jodie Sweetin became. This is the typical story of hope, loss, and recovery and the appeal here is that this is the kid from Full House. It doesn't give you a lot dirt and mostly documents her addiction which may upset people who may be looking to find out just how evil the Olsen Twins are. You don't get that.

It's not a bad book and gives you the inside look at how out of control someone's life was. At times she does come across as whiny bu
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Cindy
Mar 11, 2011 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is me playing the world's smallest violin for Jodie Sweetin. As someone who has had first hand experience with those with drug/alcohol problems I can really sympathize with people. However this book made me detest her and really give two ishes about her and her drug problem.

Though I do have to say I loved the section on blaming her biological parents. Yet turning around and saying everyone has a choice.

I could not stand the underwhine that was present in this bio and the whole ignorence o
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Jodie Lee Ann Sweetin is an American actress, best known for her role as "Stephanie Tanner" on the long running television sitcom Full House.



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