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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
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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.
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Shelly
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 didnt especially care for it when it came out and I dont 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 youd like to have as a friend, coworker or neighbor. Shes kind, genuine, intelligent and funny. ...more
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ 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
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 1980s and 1990s, 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
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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, its critical that we talk about it.

Just three pages in and I knew Andrea Barber was my kind of people. Im a big fan of memoirs. I love hearing other peoples 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
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Moira
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
October 2019 somehow turned into celeb biography month for me. I honestly didnt 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. ...more
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
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 Barbers is none of those! It isnt 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 doesnt ...more
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 didnt 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
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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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Laura
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ive always been a fan of Full House but dont 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. Barbers 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 ...more
Rebecca
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 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
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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 wasnt my favorite character on the show (that accolade went to Stephanie) but her characters 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 Sweetins memoir, and I was excited
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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 ...more
Hannah Heartss
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
*** ARC PROVIDED VIA NETGALLEY ***

As a Full House and Fuller House fan, I couldnt wait to jump into Andreas 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 Im so glad she did. She writes in depth about her experience with
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Karen
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
It was well written and provided an honest snapshot of the author's life.
I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
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
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Alex
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
My last book of 2019!

I cant 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!

Im so glad that I did randomly find it, though, because I absolutely LOVED this. Ill admit that Im one of the people who wondered what happened to Andrea after Full House went off the air, and the answer is: a lot. Im so glad that she was unflinchingly honest about
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AnnaMarie
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I pre-ordered this book as soon as Andrea Barber announced that we could, & I would be lying if I said that my lifelong love of Full House- in all incarnations, including the books- didn't factor in to that. I feel, in many ways, like I've grown up with these people, & Kimmy Gibbler was always the character I loved most. She was bold, colorful, & did her own thing her own way, which has always been my goal. (I generally fail, but you gotta keep trying, right?) Andrea herself is ...more
Shanna
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
We grew up as children of the 90s, so we understand, like much of our audience, the pull of nostalgia. I think every generation longs for their childhood, but the nostalgia for the 90s seems particularly strong. Dr. Jean Twenge says that this is because The 90s were, arguably, the last good decade - the last time the economy was doing pretty well and the last time we werent worrying about terrorism. Many millennials experienced a 90s childhood of peace and prosperity, only to enter adulthood ...more
Emma Reads
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
wow.
i have read many fictional stories about characters who struggle with anxiety. and i love those books, but reading a book by an actress who I have looked up to my whole life and seeing how she struggles with anxiety just like me makes me feel so understood. I felt so emotional reading this book because i saw so much of myself in Andrea.
I grew up watching Andrea Barber play Kimmy Gibbler on Full House and i always loved her quirky personality. but I love Andrea's persona even more. she is
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Christie Leigh
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Honest, Raw, and Absolutely Beautiful. I grew up watching Full House, and its wonderful to get to know the real Andrea Barber who is just as full of life as Kimmy Gibbler, only real. This is a book I think anyone can relate to. She talks about anxiety a lot, and is so honest. Whether you clinically suffer from this disease, or not, I dont think theres anyone on this planet who has been sure of themselves at every juncture and moment in life. I also really enjoyed her talking about what helps ...more
Stephanie
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kimmy gibbler like never before

Wow. Before reading this book, I assumed it was going to be full of laughs, much like Andrea's character on full(er) house. This book is an eye opener in many ways. Andrea opens the door into her personal struggles of mental illness and through her writing has the ability to make us feel a little bit less alone. She highlights that while there is a stigma surrounding mental health in America, we shouldn't be afraid to seek help. We need to confide in the people we
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Rosanne
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As an 8 year old, I watched as "Kimmy Gibbler" came on the screen in an outrageous outfit saying something outlandish. I always thought of how unique of a person Kimmy was and because I was so young, I thought Andrea Barber had that exact personality. Time went on and I continued to watch Full House reruns through my teenage years and even in adulthood. It was a nostalgia I longed for, simple times of me being a little girl, thinking Kimmy and Andrea were alike. A year or so ago, I heard Andrea ...more
Jillian
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

Im a sucker for memoirs so thought Id 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 didnt drag on too much in any part.
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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 Andreas 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. ...more
Denise
Nov 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a great read for anyone who grew up watching Full House. Barber offers a glimpse into the life of a cast member on two shows, but more importantly shows the world the truths of living a roller coaster life plagued with anxiety and depression. Its real. Its raw. Its honest. Its healing. Highly recommend to all who know and love Andrea Barber. ...more
Marie
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, memoir, 2019
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The Reading Writer- Angie Simmons
I really loved this book. Andrea seems like such a real person, and I loved the look into her life. I never know what to expect with celebrity memoirs/autobiographies, but this one felt like a conversation with a friend.

So many times while reading, I found myself thinking Girl, SAME. Especially when she talked about how much easier it is for her to write than to speak due to her anxiety. There are times that I cannot get words to form and I feel like people might have a low opinion of me, but
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