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Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  42 reviews
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 Ta
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 recommen
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
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.
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
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
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 e
Hannah Heartss
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it

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
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.
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.
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to read this book!

I really enjoyed this book. In fact, I identified with it so much it was almost as if I'd written it myself (except for being Kimmy Gibbler!). Andrea's transparency about her struggles with depression and anxiety really resonated with me. The book was the perfect blend of humor, honesty, and realness. I loved seeing the world through her eyes!
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book. Author gets real from beginning to end. Brings back memories. Loved it.

Thanks to author,publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free,it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.
Sean Talbot
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full circle is the story of Andrea Barber one of the stars who played in full house as the quirky crazy character Kimmie Gibbler. She talks about her life and dealing with mental issues
Andrea Norton
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I'm not sure where to begin. I'm just going to clear my brain and write what is in my heart about Andrea Barber and Full Circle.

I've read a lot of books. I'm a self-help and biography junkie. They make me happy and I find them infinitely interesting.

When I saw that Andrea Barber had written this book, I had to read it. What I knew about her was that she was funny and intelligent, well-kept (she takes care of herself), and olde
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
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 goss
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
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got this arc from Net Galley. It was really good. She talks about her acting career relationships and mental health issues. This us a must read for everyone
Nov 11, 2019 marked it as might-read
Oh my Lanta!
Kimmy Gibbler wrote a book! 😂
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review coming closer to pub date! :)
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
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to gain early access to Andrea Barber’s autobiography titled “Full Circle” courtesy of NetGalley. I’ve only read a few autobiographies/biographies in my life and I can honestly say there was something very unique and special about this book. While Andrea talks about her role as Kimmy Gibbler in “Full(er) House” and the importance of the family she gained from those experiences, the most touching part of the whole book is her raw and open discussion regarding her battle with me ...more
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
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I am a huge fan of Full House and Fuller House! I was so excited to be given this ARC and I absolutely adored it! Andrea Barber, aka Kimmy Gibbler, shows us the real side of her and that she isn't as outgoing as her character on the show. I loved how much she talked about her battles with mental illness and how candid she is. I felt like I was really getting to know Andrea as a person separate from Kimmy. I loved how she talked about the cast and how they were a big family and how they are still ...more
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Andrea Barber is an excellent writer and she deals with some heavy topics in a beautiful and realistic way. Sure, you'll get your does of behind-the-scenes info about her life on the set of Full House in the 1990s, which is super fun to read about -- but this book is so much more!

After Full House wrapped Barber went on to lead a very norm life--college, traveling, grad school, marriages, kids. She didn't intentionally step away from Hollywood but found m
Holly (Texan Girl Reviews)
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you were ever a fan of Full House, you need to read this awesome memoir of Andrea Barber aka Kimmy Gibbler!!

You think you would know the woman behind that famous character that we all love but the truth is, you don't. Andrea is so far from Kimmy Gibbler that it's kinda scary but at the same time, it makes me love her even more for being the total opposite of her famous character. The show was a big part of her life during her teen years but it wasn't everything and life it seemed
Nov 05, 2019 rated it liked it
I grew up watching Full House. DJ and her best friend Kimmy were my age and I, like many other girls, wanted to be just like DJ. I also had a zany best friend like Kimmy.

Little did I know, that the person behind Kimmy, Andrea, was more like me than DJ ever would be.

Full Circle from Andrea Barber is an open and honest look at mental health. Sure, there's a little backstage stories, but no rock and roll, breaking tv's kind of thing. Instead, this is the story of a woman who grew up on TV and the
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
Like a lot of you, I grew up watching Full House on Friday nights, and more recently enjoying Fuller House on Netflix. When I came across Full Circle by Andrea Barber, aka Kimmy Gibbler, on NetGalley I was curious about the woman who brought this character to life.

Full Circle is a well-written, quick and easy read. Barber does a nice job of capturing her life but also inserting a little bit of humor, so that the more serious stuff doesn’t bring the reader down. This reader was a bit
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** I received a free ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. **

While this was initially an ARC, I didn't get around to reading it until after the release date. However, this book was wonderful, and I pretty much read it in two sittings. Andrea writes like she is talking to a friend. She gets very real and candid about her battles with anxiety, depression and postpartum depression. Andrea describes the periods of her life where she struggled the most (PPD, divorce, learni
4.5 nostalgic, feel good stars.

I grew up watching Full House and now, as an adult, I watch Fuller House, unashamed. This book was a great peek into the show, but, more importantly, the life of the force behind Kimmie Gibbler — Andrea Barber.

I felt such a kinship with Andrea while reading this. I also struggle with anxiety, and have since a child. Reading about her life and struggles and victories really struck a cord with me.

Highly recommended. Come for the 90s nostalgia. Stay for the realnes
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