Book Review: Full Circle

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.

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. 

Image and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

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