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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 Tanners’ home on  Full House  in 1987, audiences immediately connected with the confident and quirky pre-teen character, played by ten-year-old actress Andrea Barber. During an eight-season run on one of the most popular series of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Andrea came of age in front of millions. But she was as far removed from her character as a girl can get. The introverted young star was plagued with self-doubt, insecurities, and debilitating anxieties that left her questioning her identity after the show’s cancelation. Andrea wouldn’t return to the public eye until 2016, for  Fuller House . So what happened in those intervening decades that Andrea jokingly calls “the lost years”?

For starters, Andrea never stopped working. But it was on a series of life-changing transitions: earning a college degree, then a Master’s, building a career in international education, getting married, and starting a family. She also faced some unforeseeable transitions: navigating a sudden divorce after nearly twelve years of marriage, and second-guessing her capabilities as a single mother. But it was her devastating bout with post-partum anxiety and depression that derailed Andrea’s life—and became a crucial turning point.
Full Circle  is a raw, refreshingly honest look into the life of a celebrity who has never been fully comfortable in the spotlight. Here Andrea shares her deeply personal struggles with mental health in a way she has never done before. She opens up about fighting her way back and finding solace—while finding herself—all before her life came full circle with her costars and lifelong friends on  Fuller House . Sharing her journey from child star, to champion of mental health, and back to stardom, Andrea writes in a way that feels like catching up with an old friend.
You’ll laugh, reminisce, and finally get to know the woman behind the zany next door neighbor.

272 pages, Hardcover

Published November 12, 2019

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Profile Image for Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader.
1,068 reviews123 followers
November 17, 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 Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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1,259 reviews2,942 followers
February 4, 2021
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 teary-eyed while reading but that's exactly what happened, more than once. Highly recommend checking this book out if you suffer from anxiety.

I was amazed at how much I have in common with Andrea. I can certainly vouch that being a shy, and quiet introvert and throwing anxiety into the mix is not a great combo and can make life extra challenging. She really nailed it in the book when talking about how the aftermath of a stressful situation is when your anxiety levels can be at their highest because you replay and analyze everything you said or did. Those times when you are wide awake in the middle of the night and your brain feels like it's wired to the max and your heart is pounding outside your chest is no picnic. There is just so much to relate with Andrea's experiences. Logically, you know other people deal with the same issues you do, but sometimes you just need to be reminded and it's comforting to know you are not alone.

Andrea talks a little about her experiences as a child actor as well as reprising her iconic role as an adult. It's a well-known fact the cast of Full House has remained close over the years and they truly view each other as family. As much as I love behind the scenes gossip, I do find it endearing there really wasn't any backstage drama.

In the years between acting gigs, she kept herself busy. She went to college, got married, worked as a study abroad coordinator for students, had kids, and got a divorce, just to name a few things. I do love how she recognizes how living in a different country for awhile and seeing the world is a positive, life changing experience as that was the case for me as well. She really comes across as a grounded, down to earth, values the important things in life type of person.

Can't say enough good things about this book. A worthwhile read for sure.
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459 reviews53 followers
October 17, 2019
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 funny. She’s been both blessed with success and cursed with generalized anxiety disorder. This is a story of success, struggle, gratitude and inspiration.
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1,791 reviews35 followers
September 9, 2020
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 it "soon" (four letter word for bookworms? haha).

Cue bookslump and some emotional days precreding that. Flipping through my Kindle books, seeing what jumped out at me and this cover just called to me. (Non-fiction seems to be my go to lately for the Slump.. half the time its ghost stories but I digress).

I just want to give her a bighug for a variety of reasons.

I admire her for putting this out there and being open about what she has struggled with.
If you are looking for a spill the secrets tell all, you won't find it here. This is just Andrea opening up about her life and how she got to healing herself (can't think of a better phrase).
She has a strong spirit in her :)

I related to what she was saying about Anxiety. I've always been some form of anxious since I was a kid and always told to "calm down", "don't take things personally", etc (Anxiety wasn't something that came up in my parents' minds or mine).

I began to wonder whether I had something of that ilk going on but never let myself think too deep.. was kinda afraid to go down that train of thought. I know now that I don't have to be ashamed but its hard to get out of that mindset ya know?

I wouldn't feel anxious all of the time, but when I did.. my world shrunk/narrowed, my breathing would speed up, my mind would blank, I'd feel overwhelmed, and my chest/limbs would either feel like dead weight or like electricity was shooting up and down them. I would repeat things over and over, speak quicker, feel like I was a burden...

No health insurance yet but hopefully I can change that one day and start down the path and see what happens from there.

I had a panic attack once at work in front of two managers and the one girl knew what was happening and talked me down so I could function till I got out of there at least. It was scary and draining and I'm not quite sure how I functioned at work the next night.

There was a few great passages in here (see my status updates) that stuck with me about mental health and that I re-read a couple times. I want to put it on bookmarks or magnets to keep them with me.

She pointed out a few things that I hadn't thought about much, but she was spot on.

Would highly recommend this :)

Bit scattered review but I hope you give this a chance *waves*
Profile Image for Melissa.
506 reviews59 followers
January 9, 2020
“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 like we were old friends chatting over coffee. I enjoyed hearing about her childhood, her work on Full House and Fuller House, her endearing honesty about not being a typical celebrity, oftentimes forgetting she is one. But what stuck with me the most were the many honest moments about her mental health struggles. Barber’s incredible honesty about how anxiety/depression feels, what works for her, and how it’s an ongoing battle was relatable and refreshing. I agree completely, it IS critical that we talk about it.

I recommend this one if you enjoy either of the shows where Barber has embodied the over-confident, entertaining Kimmy Gibbler. I think you’ll enjoy it. But I highly recommend this one to those struggling with their mental health, especially moms who have anxiety, depression or postpartum depression.
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414 reviews366 followers
December 27, 2019
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.

I was thrilled to learn more about Andrea Barber. The intervening years between Full House and Fuller House were of particular interest. Back in 2008, after re-watching all the seasons of Full House, I looked her up, and as I recall, could barely find out a thing. And there are reasons for that, but you'll have to read the book to find out why.

Andrea's openness when discussing her own struggles with anxiety and post-partum depression, and how terrified and isolated she felt, is brave and inspirational. She also talks extensively about how she eventually reached out for help, and discusses her treatment and the things she has changed and implemented to minimize the effects. Her willingness to share intimate details regarding her private personal life in order to facilitate others recovery is about as selfless as you can get.

During the course of the book she never betrays any confidences, or bags anybody, and I very much admire her discretion. I also respect how humble and grounded she comes across as – how grateful and appreciative she is for all the opportunities and privileges she received early on.

As much as I would have loved to see Andrea take on other characters in TV shows and movies from the 90’s onwards, I am glad she had the opportunity to achieve and accomplish so many other things completely free of Hollywood – college, travel, career goals outside of the industry, marriage, and children.

I understand that she is only acting, but am still astounded over how different Andrea is from Kimmy Gibbler, yet her portrayal of her onscreen is utterly believable.

A quick, well-organised, easy read. I enjoyed reading this immensely. Now I'm an even more devoted fan.
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3,257 reviews58 followers
October 5, 2019
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 the series. It's a fast read because you want to hear more about her straight forward approach to life. Thanks to NetGalley for the advance read.
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235 reviews59 followers
October 26, 2019
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.
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4 reviews1 follower
July 19, 2020
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!
December 29, 2019
“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 House ended she was seemingly gone. Until almost twenty years later she busted through that same door on Fuller House with a child of her own.

But Andrea had a full life between those two moments. She attended college, studied and worked abroad, got married, had children, got divorced and through it all, learned she suffered from anxiety and depression. Throughout Full Circle, Andrea is open about her experiences inside Hollywood and out. She is real about how she was feeling in those moments and raw about her personal struggles. I admire her openness and sharing, especially since over the years she has stayed out of the spotlight and guarded her privacy. Andrea is different than the character she plays, but that only makes getting to know her through reading this memoir, that much more amazing.

If you are a child of the 90s, a lover of Full House and Fuller House ... this book is the perfect read for you!

“I don’t know what the future holds. What I do know is that I am lucky to have experienced many lifetimes’ worth of experiences. I never take my life for granted. Even in the darkest times of my life . . . I’m grateful to have experienced those lows. I’ve gained an arsenal of knowledge and confidence as a result. Those experiences made me who I am today.”
Profile Image for Tim Cigelske.
Author 3 books7 followers
February 1, 2020
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 narrative that any marathoner can relate to. But overall, her story is much deeper than an identity as a runner, celebrity, child actor, divorcee or mom -- it's all of those things and none of those things alone. She's more than Kimmy Gibbler, even as she returns to that character after 30 years away from the spotlight.

Full Circle much more of a story about transcending one identity when society tries to put a label on you (it's one of the reasons she hates the snapshots of the red carpet). It's about choosing to embrace the complexities, ups and downs and parts of your personality when the cameras aren't rolling. In the end, Barber writes, she admires her Kimmy Gibbler character for being willing to stand out, be weird and not conforming. Barber is nothing like her character in real life (as a shy and introverted person) but she believes that the world needs more people willing to confidently defy society's expectations. That, she writes, is at the heart of the Full House premise - an unconventional family that makes things work despite the ups and downs. That's a sitcom-ready lesson worth remembering.
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184 reviews4 followers
November 12, 2019
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 about everything. I found it so interesting to read about her struggles with anxiety and depression. I feel we often forget that even celebrities can struggle with these things too. Their lives may seem lavish and carefree but they have anxiety and depression as well.

My favorite part about reading this book, is it was like reading about an old friend. Having grown up with Kimmy and the Tanners, I have always felt they were part of me as well. Overall, Andrea Barber is an amazing actress, mom, writer, and human being. I was so thankful to receive this arc and get to dive into her life with this detailed memoire.
Thank you to Andrea Barber, Netgalley, and the publisher for allowing me to review this book. It was absolutely amazing.
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256 reviews2 followers
October 13, 2019
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 excited to read this one as well. Andrea’s past isn’t as salacious as Jodie’s, but that doesn’t mean her story isn’t one that shouldn’t be read. Andrea, like me, is an introvert and suffers from generalized anxiety disorder. We have both had more than our fair share of moments when our anxiety takes over and leaves us debilitated. She talks openly about the stigma that surrounds not only this disease, but mental health as a whole. It was refreshing to read a celebrity memoir that was so honest and didn’t come across as preachy. There are passages where Andrea gives advice or encouragement, and it feels real, not forced. You feel like you’re having a heart to heart talk with a friend. ⁣
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574 reviews3 followers
November 23, 2019
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. Running, anxiety, divorce, are all parts of her story, but she experienced it in the normal course of everyday life.
Barber admits that Fuller House came at an interesting point in her story. Post-divorce, She didn't know what she wanted or where she wanted to be, but she knew she wanted the comfort of her television family.
Barber's title for the book couldn't be more accurate. She literally comes full circle in her career. Watching her character development throughout her life is so satisfying.
This book is a great read and goes really quickly. Barber has a great writing flow that's enjoyable to read. I would definitely recommend this book!
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21 reviews3 followers
December 30, 2019
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 feel fake, but she chooses to focus on the joy and that is rare today.
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359 reviews29 followers
January 25, 2022
This was a fun listen (free on Hoopla) read by the author who has a great voice! I LOVE hearing people’s stories and experiences and how they have come to where they are now. You would enjoy this if you like the shows, Full House and Fuller House (which I wouldn’t endorse everything that’s on either show).
Andrea’s story is unique in that she was a child actor as a hobby and didn’t even know how much money she was making until she got older. After Full House ended she left Hollywood for 20 years and didn’t come back until Fuller House.
It was interesting to learn that she is an introvert and completely opposite of the character she played on the show, Kimmy Gibbler- who is so outgoing and confident.
She does the character so well that you assume she’s just like her.
She is very transparent in sharing her battles with depression and anxiety and her painful experiences through divorce and being a single mom. -My heart grew in sympathy for those in these states.
She is not a Christian so her struggles were probably magnified in her pain and loneliness. And it took her a long time to get help for her mental condition.
There is some language throughout.🤨
Profile Image for Ryan Buckby.
645 reviews86 followers
July 14, 2020
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 person and it was great to get a glimpse of how she really is as i only know her for character.

When we feel right with ourselves, we create a better environment for everyone around us

Andrea opens up about her experience with Depression and Anxiety with such honesty it's so good to see a Hollywood actress open up and go into so much detail that it made me feel like i'm not alone and that what im going through matters. I really think thats the message I've taken away from this book is that no matter how bad things get or how deep you go there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Andrea is really transparent throughout the entire book from how she dealt with fame all the way to her battle with depression and anxiety it's all blunt and honest that makes me love her even more and the way she writes it is just beautiful.

I also really loved the behind the scenes stuff of both Full House and Fuller house because this is one of my favorite shows of all time and to see the entire cast remain friends for over 30 years is just amazing and something you don't see in Hollywood very often. If your looking for any drama or dirt from behind the scenes you have another thing coming because this group of people are all really just family and it has stayed that way for 30 years, there is no drama or any big fights between any of the cast which i think just shows how mature everyone has been over the years.

This book made me feel like i was sitting down with an old friend just chatting about things and catching up and that's how Andrea's book has made me feel and i'm glad i decided to pick this one up and read it because it was worth every page.
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Author 1 book24 followers
October 8, 2019

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 anxiety and depression and that is something I’m so thankful for. Her experience with anxiety specifically was/is extremely close to my own experience and it was nice to know I’m not alone in it.

I loved reading about what she was up to in her time away from Hollywood and it was so insightful into the world of Andrea. She’s extremely honest and open with what she shares in this book and it made me like and admire her even more.

If you’re a Fuller House fan, I can’t recommend this enough.
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5,081 reviews1 follower
January 1, 2020
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 about her crippling anxiety and depression, because the negative stigma that society places on those two things makes it harder for people to seek out help.

In addition to her honesty about dealing with anxiety and depression, Andrea also gave us some awesome behind-the-scenes info about Full(er) House. For instance, I had no clue that the actor who played Steve left the show because he got accepted into Harvard! He had already deferred once and couldn’t do it again, and that’s why they broke Steve and DJ up. Who knew?!
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44 reviews29 followers
October 24, 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 never seen an episode, it’s still an important book to pick up. If you have ever struggled with your mental health or dealt with loss and pain and heartbreak, this book is for you.

Thank you Andrea Barber for sharing your story with us all. You’re an inspiration and I wish everyone could be a little more like you. The world would be a better place.

I absolutely recommend this book when it comes out on November 12th.
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556 reviews14 followers
February 18, 2020
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. Would I wish it anyone? No. But to hear AB’s candid honesty about her past was met with gratitude and a big ‘You go girl!’ From this fellow anxiety stricken momma. Get this- a Hollywood celebrity is just like you and me! Refreshing much?!?!?

The cherry on the Sundae.... she’s a Joey Mac girl just like me!!! Hallelujah 🙌🏼

What a fabulously honest and articulate book I felt privy to read. AB- THANK YOU.
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2,044 reviews11 followers
November 11, 2019
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 all kind of story, but instead a very heartfelt story of one person who, while she appreciates the life she's had from being a part of Full House, has led a full and very normal life off screen as well.
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123 reviews8 followers
December 13, 2019
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. I loved learning about behind the scenes and how she's a totally different person than who she portrays on television.

If you're a fan of the show, this is a fantastic read. I just wanted to give her a big hug after finishing her book!
312 reviews3 followers
November 13, 2019
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 while also being famous or at least in the public eye. I commend her for being so honest in the hope that it may help and encourage others going through similar situations.
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1,207 reviews102 followers
November 17, 2019
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 easing the reader into the darkest moments of her life and explaining how she was able to come out of them and come... Full Circle. Very much recomended.
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97 reviews
January 10, 2020
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 mental illness.
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493 reviews6 followers
January 19, 2020
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 simultaneous physical and emotional catharsis that I've never experienced elsewhere."
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367 reviews8 followers
November 3, 2019
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.
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