By Dana Rose Falcone
June 08, 2015 at 09:42 PM EDT
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Candace Cameron Bure wrote a book about a TV show she appeared on — and, no, it isn’t Full House. Dancing Through Life, Cameron Bure’s third release, takes a week-by-week look at her stint on Dancing with the Stars last spring.

Dancing Through Life, which hits shelves Aug. 1, kicks off with Cameron Bure getting an email informing her that she’d be appearing on season 18 of the reality competition. “I’d always wanted to be on the show,” Cameron Bure reveals. “I had been asked to do just about every single reality show up to that point and I said no to all of them because it was just never a space I wanted to be in, except for Dancing with the Stars. From the first season, I said ‘This was the one I would say yes to.'”

On March 17, 2014, Cameron Bure made her first appearance on the ABC show, alongside partner Mark Ballas, with whom she still keeps in touch. Dancing Through Life dives deeper into her relationship with her dancing partner, who she considers her  “buddy for life, whether he likes it or not.”

The book takes readers behind the senses, and offers Cameron Bure’s thoughts on standout moments, like when the pair completed a therapy session. “I thought, ‘Oh they’re sending me here for the cameras more than anything,'” Cameron Bure says. “But Mark and I were both pleasantly surprised at the experience.”

And while she started a career on the small screen at age 5, playing D.J. Tanner on Full House, it was Dancing with the Stars that taught Cameron Bure the most about herself. “I learned so much about myself being on the show for 12 weeks, almost more than I have an other period in my life,” she says. “You just get thrown into this situation and it’s sink or swim. You find out what you’re made of.”

Her advice to aspiring reality show participants? “Definitely be yourself. An audience can relate to you the most when you’re open and you’re honest.”

And she brings that honesty to Dancing Through Life, too. As she puts it, “I don’t hide anything because I think when we’re honest and we’re open and see a transparency, that’s when we really learn from each other.”