November 7, 2019

Full Circle : From Hollywood To Real Life And Back Again by Andrea Barber

Author : Andrea Barber
Published Date : November 12, 2019
Publisher : Citadel Press
Genre : Non-Fiction / Memoir
Rating : 5 Star

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About The Book

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.

The Review

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 only got better after it ended with living abroad during college that lead her to marriage and kids.

Only after when she had her kids is the moment that everything seemed to crash around her with a divorce and mental health problems. But I truly think that sharing everything that she shared in his book will truly help someone else who is dealing with those same issues and it just makes her even more real as a person than someone we all know on TV.

This book will make you laugh out loud and will bring a tear to your eye but it's truly a book worth reading in the end!!

Thank You to Andrea Barber for sharing your story in this awesome book!!

I voluntarily reviewed this complementary book from the Publisher & NetGalley!

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