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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Book Review: Full Circle From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again By Andrea Barber

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.

I grew up watching Full House. I looked forward to it every friday night. Growing up I would LIVE for TGIF line ups that included Full House, Step by Step and Family Matters. Still amazing shows to watch. When I saw this book available for review on Netgalley, I jumped on it. I prayed that I would be approved for it. I started reading this book immediately and loved every minute of it. 

I love reading biographies. I love knowing how people got to where they are, and more about them as a person. When you think of Andrea Barber - she is known for loud clothes, and being the annoying neighbor on Full House. While I read, I got to know the REAL Andrea Barber. I learned that she did not  like the outfit choices on full house. I learned she was so opposite of who she played on tv. 

I loved hearing about her big break and how she ended up on full house. I loved reading about her. This book she opens up about her struggles of being a child star. I love her style of writing. I laughed a lot in this book. 

I received a copy of this book through Netgalley. I am grateful for the experience. 

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