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Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again

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She grew up in front of the world on the beloved sitcom Full House, but then actress Andrea Barber abruptly left Hollywood. Why did she leave and what did she do for twenty years out of the spotlight before returning to television? This is her funny and inspiring memoir of fame, heartache, resilience--and the reboot of a lifetime . . .

When Kimmy Gibbler burst into the Tann
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Citadel Press
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Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
Let me tell you all, I can't recommend this book enough. If you have anxiety and or depression then you can relate to most of this book. You will see you are not alone.
Barber is a voice for those of us that have mental illness. She shares so candidly what she went through and is still fighting.
I hope that everyone fighting anxiety and depression will see that are not alone and listen to Barber. She gives great advice in this book.
I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend it.
The Mar
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Katie B
I've read many celeb memoirs over the years and this one ranks high among my favorites. Andrea Barber, best known for playing the role of Kimmy Gibbler on Full House and Fuller House, doesn't hold back when talking about her struggles with anxiety. It comes across loud and clear she has a genuine interest in helping others by sharing her experiences. As someone who also deals with anxiety issues, her book was a powerful read for me. I never imagined when I first picked up this book, I would get ...more
Ell
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I have a confession to make. I have never been a fan of Full House. I didn’t especially care for it when it came out and I don’t watch the reruns either. But after reading, Full Circle, From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again, I have become a big fan of Andrea Barber, a.k.a. Kimmie Gibbler. Full Circle is a refreshingly honest memoir written with wit, humor and sincerity. Andrea is the type of woman you’d like to have as a friend, coworker or neighbor. She’s kind, genuine, intelligent and fun ...more
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I vaguely remember watching Full House (my faulty memory) with mom. but I don't remember if we watched every ep or were occasional watchers *sheepish* One day when I have more spare time, I'll revisit it again.

I saw Andrea was coming out with this book when Nenia posted about it on her review space. I was curious but it wasn't at the top of my TBR at that moment(I did put it on my private reminder wishlist on amazon though). Last week, I saw it was on sale, snatched it up, and figured I'd get to
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Nenia ✨️ I yeet my books back and forth ✨️ Campbell
I know we're all hoping that Andrea Barber spills the tea on all the behind the scenes drama on Full House BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THERE WAS SOME

Yes, I am a shameless whore for celebrity gossip
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Melissa
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“I am here to talk about my anxiety and depression. Because, dammit, it’s critical that we talk about it.”

Just three pages in and I knew Andrea Barber was my kind of people. I’m a big fan of memoirs. I love hearing other people’s stories, the memories that are important to them, how their lives have unfolded, the lessons that have stuck with them. But sometimes I read one that really makes me feel I get this person. This was definitely one of those.

Barber was so transparent in this book, I felt
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NZLisaM
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, nonfiction
Engaging, interesting, honest, and raw! Andrea Barber's autobiography contains so much depth and heart.

For those who aren't aware, Andrea Barber is the child actor who graced our screens in the 1980’s and 1990’s, first as Carrie Brady on Days of Our Lives, and then, playing the character she's most known for – Kimmy Gibbler of Full House fame. In 2015, after a whopping twenty years away from Hollywood, she returned to acting, to reprise her role as Kimmy in the Netflix reboot, Fuller House.

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Janilyn Kocher
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full Circle is an enjoyable read about the life of Kimmy Gibbler, aka Andrea Barber. It was revealing to read about Barber's very normal childhood and how she shies away from stardom. She is a very down to earth person whom I can appreciate. I always liked her as zany Kimmy during the original series, but she was my favorite during the Fuller House run. No one would have guessed her struggles with mental,health issues and the talented actress she is by playing a character completely different in ...more
Moira
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
October 2019 somehow turned into celeb biography month for me. I honestly didn’t know anything about Andrea Barber beyond the tv character she played on tv. I found this to be an honest look into her life. She shares the highs and lows as well as her successes and failures. At times it got a little to deep in mommyhood for me, but it was an easy read and I found her openness in discussing her anxiety/depression refreshing.
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Who doesn't love Full House/ Fuller House? This a deeply personal and emotional story of the woman behind Kimmy Gibbler. Andrea has had a tough time of things and she opens up in this book. I could relate to alot of the things that she has been through.

Wonderful book
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Amy |wheresshereading
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“My whole life has come full circle. I’m back where I started, but I’m nothing like the person I was when I began. My life experiences have made me a more complete human being.”

To say I devoured Andrea Barbers memoir Full Circle would be an accurate description since it took me all of two sittings to read it.

I, like many of you, probably can’t say you know much about the girl, now woman, behind Kimmy Gibbler. One day she burst through the Tanners’ front door season after season then when Full H
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Tim Cigelske
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a joy to read. I picked it up not because of Full House fandom or nostalgia, but because I read that Andrea Barber details how running helped her in her personal life. (I'm a running nerd who reads a lot of books about running.) In fact, running is important part of her story, and she writes about it helping her cope with post-partum depression and anxiety and finding herself again after divorce. Her description of the agony and euphoria of her first marathon is a riveting narrativ ...more
Sari
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have always been a big fan of Full House, so when it was announced that Fuller House was to be premiering on Netflix I was BEYOND EXCITED. I could not wait to find out what happened to all my favorites in their adult years.
This book really just made me love Andrea Barber/Kimmy Gibber even more. I really loved reading about her life and the stuff she went through in hollywood.

She was so open and honest
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Brooke
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
ARC received via #netgalley⁣
I was a huge fan of “Full House” growing up, and have tuned in to the reboot “Fuller House” on Netflix. Kimmy Gibbler wasn’t my favorite character on the show (that accolade went to Stephanie) but her character’s outfits and well timed one liners always made me laugh. ⁣
Once the show ended and her cast mates made headlines in other programs, I always wondered whatever happened to Kimmy Gibbler? When it first came out I quickly devoured Jodie Sweetin’s memoir, and I was
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Natalyn Houk
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for the advanced copy!
Who here grew up watching Full House?? I probably spent hours watching it and some part of me feels like I know all the actors like they're family. I've read books by Candace, so when I saw Andrea was writing a book my interest was piqued.
Andrea Barber has the unique situation of being in Hollywood and leaving it for a while. Barber gave up her Hollywood lifestyle for a more normal life. She is able to be open and honest about living a life that is real
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Leah Stapleton
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have a penchant for celebrity memoirs, but they can be raunchy, gossipy, or feel like a money-making endeavor. Andrea Barber’s is none of those! It isn’t salacious, just heart warming and positive. She continually expresses thankfulness that her Hollywood experience was such a good one. Her honest but not graphic look into general anxiety is real but encouraging, with positive stories of what truly helps her and how others have loved her through it. She had plenty of hard times, so it doesn’t ...more
Danielle Colaprico
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. As a Full/Fuller House fan, I was eager to read it. But there is way more to Andrea Barber than playing a character on TV. The way she speaks so honestly about her personal mental health is real and raw. And I admire her for being so candid about it. I think anyone that has experienced anxiety or depression can relate to what she has to say and I would highly recommend this!
Ryan Buckby
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5/5

I have been a massive fan of Full House and Fuller House for some time and it was a real nice change to see Andrea Barber in a different light and not just the character she plays on the hit television show

This memoir explores Andrea's time on Full house and the time in between before returning to play Kimmy Gibbler on the reboot Fuller House. I always thought of Andrea Barber as this outgoing and bubbly person but as she writes in this book she is the shy and reserved per
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Hannah Heartss
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
*** ARC PROVIDED VIA NETGALLEY ***

As a Full House and Fuller House fan, I couldn’t wait to jump into Andrea’s book and see what her life was and is like. While I only got into the shows as the spinoff started to air on Netflix, I quickly adored Kimmy and wanted to know more about Andrea. This book was really enjoyable and a little bit of a heartbreaking read.

Andrea shares the ups and downs of her life throughout this book and I’m so glad she did. She writes in depth about her experience with a
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Alex
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
My last book of 2019!

I can’t believe that I had no idea this book existed before I randomly walked by it at the library. Given my love for both celebrity memoirs and Full(er) House, this should have been on my radar a long time ago!

I’m so glad that I did randomly find it, though, because I absolutely LOVED this. I’ll admit that I’m one of the people who wondered what happened to Andrea after Full House went off the air, and the answer is: a lot. I’m so glad that she was unflinchingly honest abo
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Sarah
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
Thank you NetGalley for an advanced copy of this beautiful memoir.

Andrea Barber writes about everything from love to loss and joy to pain, mental health, fame, family and friendship, and finding yourself in this world. There was no part of this book I didn’t enjoy. My only wish is for more. And for everyone to pick it up and read it. You just might learn something, maybe about Andrea and maybe about yourself.

For fans of Full House, this book is a no-brainer, a must read. For people who have ne
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Pam
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved everything about this book!

I’m a long time Full House (and now Fuller House) devotee, so everything in this read was received with excitement and anticipation. I’ve always looked to Andrea Barber’s character Kimmy with respect- and envy- to be so carefree in her uniqueness must feel so liberating! I always wondered if the ‘real’ Andrea Barber was the same IRL.

Finding out her and I (and so many women out there) share the same life long struggles with anxiety was so heart warming
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Rebecca
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Thanks to the publisher, via Netgalley, for an advance e-galley for honest review.

A childhood fan of Full House who watched (at least some episodes of) Fuller House with a great deal of nostalgia, I'm exactly the target audience for Andrea Barber's memoir. I may now be a bigger fan of Andrea than I ever was of Kimmy Gibler- she talks very honestly about her struggles with anxiety and postpartum depression, the triumphs and pains of her personal life, and her family. This isn't a gossipy, tell al
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Melissa
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I don't normally write reviews, but this is an exception. I grew up watching Full House. It's one of those feel good shows that is cheesy but nostalgic. So when Andrea Barber's memoir came out, I was instantly curious.

What I wasn't prepared for is how brilliant she is. The book is honest, emotional and interesting. She touches on so many subjects that I can relate to (anxiety/depression, her love of writing, being a NKTOB fan and traveling during college) and it just made me love her more.
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Laura
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve always been a fan of Full House but don’t really know a lot about the stars’ personal lives so I was excited when I got the opportunity from Netgalley to read this book by Andrea Barber. Of course, this book is not only about her FH experience, nor would I want it to be, but is instead a telling of the high and low points in Ms. Barber’s life thus far. She talks very openly about her struggles with anxiety and mental illness and depression and how she has found ways of dealing with them whi ...more
Jeff
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Story. Barber is obviously known to millions as Kimmie Gibbler, but here for the first time those same millions meet Andrea. And Andrea is full of the dichotomies that plague many of us. An introvert who happens to be a "celebrity". Someone plagued with anxiety who is known for portraying the zany neighbor that always has a plan. The mother that slipped so far into anxiety and depression that she couldn't take care of herself and nearly lost everything. Barber does an excellent job of ea ...more
Angela
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow. I had absolutely no idea I would like this book as much as did. I picked it up because of my love of Full House as a kid and thought it'd be fun to read book by Kimmy Gibbler. After starting it I was amazed at how eloquently she writes, and how far from being Kimmy she actually is. She said so many things throughout the book that made me say, " Hey! Me too!"
She speaks about her struggles with anxiety and depression, and really helps the reader understand what it truly means to live with me
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Amy
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was thinking this was going to be a light, Hollywood behind the scenes read, but turns out, it hit home in so many ways: insecurity, depression, divorce, writing, running. I found Andrea to be completely relatable and someone I could totally see myself being friends with. Maybe even running friends. From the book: "Something happens when you run with another person; you find yourself opening up in ways that just don't happen with other forms of socializing or group exercise. It's a simultaneou ...more
Jillian
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

I’m a sucker for memoirs so thought I’d check this one out. Andrea tells her story without trashing other people or coming off as really entitled. She mentions that she is very lucky and privileged. That is refreshing to hear! Sometimes celebrities can be pretty full of themselves and disconnected from reality.

Overall a concise and entertaining read. It didn’t drag on too much in any part.
Allison Sauntry
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like most children of the ‘80s and ‘90s, I grew up watching Full House and have also enjoyed the reboot on Netflix. I appreciated Andrea’s honest account of her battle with depression and anxiety, and I also enjoyed reading her stories about growing up on the set of Full House (I love that the cast remains such good friends.) As a runner myself, I love that she has embraced running and that she is outspoken about how it helps her cope.
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