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The Comeback

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  8,347 ratings  ·  1,103 reviews
Grace Turner was one movie away from Hollywood’s A-List. So no one understood why, at the height of her career and on the eve of her first Golden Globe nomination, she disappeared.

Now, one year later, Grace is back in Los Angeles and determined to reclaim her life on her own terms.

So when Grace is asked to present a lifetime achievement award to director Able Yorke—the man
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published August 3rd 2020 by Berkley
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Ella Berman Hi Amber. Thank you for your question! I did a lot of research into celebrity culture to make sure that Grace’s experience felt authentic, but I alway…moreHi Amber. Thank you for your question! I did a lot of research into celebrity culture to make sure that Grace’s experience felt authentic, but I always wanted the freedom of fiction to explore the themes in the book. So, while I was inspired by the experiences of many young women who have grown up in the public eye, the character of Grace isn’t based on any one person. (less)
Alicia Grace never reveals what the line is and vows to never say it again, but I am also very curious!

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Emily May
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary, 2020
I was untouchable, unstoppable, hurtling down a path to immortality so rapidly, so immaculately, that not one person stopped to question how it all worked so well, a fortysomething man and a teenager being so inextricably linked.

This book is painful, raw and brilliant. It's a perfect fictional companion to the reporting done by Ronan Farrow and Kantor & Twohey on the Weinstein/Hollywood sexual harassment, though Berman actually started her novel months before that story broke.

The Comeback i
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
*** Happy Publication Day!!!! This book is a BOTM ** Also a Read with Jenna pick!!! I highly recommend this book!

I am going to start off this review with a bold statement for a bold book...this book struck me as a mix between My Dark Vanessa and Daisy Jones...there I said it. Now if you don't feel the same after reading this book, certainly don't blame me- that was just the vibe I got. Now that I got my disclaimer out of the way let's get on with this book that blew me away.

Grace Turner is mis
Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
As soon as you grab this book, you think this is just about #Metoo movement and cursing more to the guy leaned on a walker throughout trails, dropping his Crocodile tears. But this book is beyond sexual allegations, psychical and mental tortures women have been enduring to take a leading role in LaLa land.

This is amazing, realistic portrait of a childhood artist facing with the realities of the biggest industry of the world, learning how to survive without getting any emotional support of her lo
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)

The Comeback is a powerful and disturbing novel about a young actress who was manipulated, exploited, and the victim of sexual abuse starting at the age of fourteen. Now 22 years old, having run away from Hollywood for a year, she returns to confront the man who took away her power and face her demons head-on.

This is not an easy book to read. It’s a character study of a young woman trying to cope with not only all that has been done to her but also with what has been taken away from her
Miranda Reads

"You know, I don't expect you to give me any special treatment, but I thought you could at least pretend to like me."
Grace Turner - former child star, current disaster-girl - has spent the last year away from the public eye (aka hiding).
Looking back, I felt ashamed of how much I wanted it all.
She's newly sober and permanently numb, but for the first time in a year...she finds herself beginning to come out of her self-imposed isolation.

Able Yorke - the man behind Grace's rise to
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars, rounded up

At the height of her fame, Grace Turner was a young up-and-coming Hollywood star when she disappeared, leaving it all behind. Holding onto an explosive secret and battling addictions, she hides out at her parent’s home in Anaheim for a year. Now, at age 23, she’s back and ready to confront her demons and get her life back. But the road is long and winding with many bumps along the way.

Discovered at 13, then groomed and made into a star by producer Able Yorke, Grace was a c
Will Byrnes
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: metoo, fiction
Maybe my mom was right about me when she said I wasn’t happy, but what she doesn’t understand is that since the age of fifteen, I’ve never even dared to want to be happy. I’m just trying to stay alive.
Take a London thirteen-year-old, transport her to the Hollywood dream machine, where she is made one of the stars of a wildly successful film series. Put pretty much all decisions about her life in the hands of a controlling, manipulative director. Separate her as much as possible from her fam
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Grace seems to have it all in Hollywood style and people see her as spoiled and entitled. They see her as they want to see her, but underneath that glamour, there is more to Grace. Behind all that she is vulnerable, lost and alone with her secrets. Secrets that have rocked her sense of safety and self-worth. She tried to leave it all behind and now she has come back and must confront her past and what she has left behind.

I went excepting this to be a suspenseful thriller and that it is not. It
Michael David
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Grace Turner is living with her mom and dad in a California suburb, just trudging along in her current day-to-day life. A year ago, she was a Hollywood actress at the height of her career...just about to break into the elite A-List. What made her walk away from all of that? Answer: Director Able Yorke, the man who emotionally manipulated and sexually abused her for years.

Now, back in LA, Grace is getting a second chance to re-establish her career. As opportunities arise for her to get back at t
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A round of applause for Ella Berman! 👏👏👏👏

A tale all too common. This book is absolutely enthralling and I couldn't look away.

Grace Hyde was only 14 years old when she auditioned for a role in a movie. To her surprise legendary director Able Yorke sees something in her and decides almost immediately that she will be his muse. Her and her family relocate from their home in England to California so Grace can film a trilogy of movies with Able. Over time Able's controlling and manipulative ways iso
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dining-room-1
A couple years ago, I reviewed Rose McGowan’s Brave. I listened to the audio narrated by the author, and the first thing that struck me was how real she was about every aspect of her life she shared. I felt that same raw honesty in this fictional story of Grace, and I absolutely loved it.

Teen star Grace Turner is nominated for a Golden Globe when she disappears. She put herself in exile, and now she’s back and sober. She seeks a more private life and knows it won’t come easy.

Grace is asked to p
“I was untouchable, unstoppable, hurtling down a path to immortality so rapidly, so immaculately, that not one person stopped to question how it all worked so well, a fortysomething man and a teenager being so inextricably linked.”

Timely and compelling. Heartbreaking and hopeful. Riveting and disturbing. Ella Berman’s debut will resonate with any woman who has ever been objectified by a man catcalling her as she’s walking down the street or made to feel less then by a man Gaslighting her to bel
Gabrielle Grosbety
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
“I wasn’t so much a person as an idea, shaped not only by the people around the table with me that night but by the millions of people who would pay to watch my movies in the years to come.”

Welcome to LA, the land of chronic sunshine, bleached blond hair ruffled from waves, mickey mouse ears and commercialization that artificially promises and prides itself on eternal happiness and stretched smiles that reach ears, almost as if painted on, people, especially wannabe artists and aspiring acto
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-2020, 2020
4.25 Haunting Stars

Grace Turner is a child star in Hollywood. She was plucked from obscurity at age 14 and signed to make three movies with the renowned director Able Yorke. About ten years later, she flees Hollywood, broken and now living with her parents.

She is not any happier with her parents and decides to return to LA to see if she can reclaim any of her former life. As the book progresses, we learn about her years as an actress and her tortured relationship with Able. This was a page turne
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
3.5 stars.

An eye-opening, behind-the-scenes look into the life of a teenage actress.

I really liked the main character, Grace, and felt an immediate investment in her story. She was so young, vulnerable and alone with her fame and fortune. It was heart wrenching to learn what can happen behind the scenes in Hollywood. I worried for her not having the support she needed, especially at such a young age. I thought the author did a fantastic job portraying the deceit, manipulation and abuse without
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was untouchable, unstoppable, hurtling down a path to immortality so rapidly, so immaculately, that not one person stopped to question how it all worked so well...

Having just finished My Dark Vanessa, I wasn't sure I was ready to take on another novel involving the continued sexual exploitation of a teenaged victim...particularly at the hands of the Hollywood patriarchy. The Comeback, however, didn't feel as dark and heavy as My Dark Vanessa. Yes, the reader is once again inside th
Theresa Alan
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ella Berman does such a good job of describing the ways Grace was psychologically abused by the man who plucked her out of nowhere at the age of thirteen, turned her into a star, but repeatedly tells her she’s messed up in the head and he knows her better than she knows herself. Like any abuser, her cuts her off from family and friends and anyone who might advocate on her behalf. At any age, there are people out there who can make you doubt your talent, but when you’re only thirteen, you’re espe ...more
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*

Grace started her movie stardom at a young age. Able Yorke was a director who saw something in her and made her his muse. So what happened to send Grace to go running home to her parents and hide from the world?

You find out slowly some of Grace's secrets as the book progresses and it's all very timely.

I probably should have said at the beginning of this non review that the book just did not wow me as it has other people. Go read their reviews.
I'm a long time 'like' nothing reader.

Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

Why would an up and coming teen actress on the cusp of becoming one of the hottest tickets in show business suddenly disappear from Hollywood? We meet Grace Turner, one year after her dramatic departure, promising to live a life of sobriety and no drug abuse, Grace's relationships with her immediate family, husband, and friends are in shambles. But Grace is contemplating a return to the set if onl
Katie B
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

There have been quite a few books in recent years that explore the topics brought up in the #metoo movement. I consider it a good thing that publishers are more willing to take on these type of stories. Now while I wouldn't say The Comeback is my favorite out of the ones I have read, I still found it to be a worthwhile read. I rarely bust out the quarter stars when rating a book but because I found the novel to be thought provoking I figured it was worthy of more than 3.5 stars.

Oct 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
2.5 stars!

“The most vicious demons have always been my own, and I’ve never learned how to protect myself from them.”

I really thought that The Comeback would get 5 stars from me. However, while the synopsis sounded interesting, I think that the story itself went nowhere.

We follow Grace Turner, a hotshot actress who started her career as a teenager and by 22 disappeared from the media for a year due to psychological trauma caused by sexual harassment, the man to blame being the director w
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
How many of us have dreamed of being a star, of the fame and fortune list of people who we look to for being gorgeous, being gifted, providing us with entertainment, and being sought after? Isn't this a dream come true? To be discovered to be a Disney princess, to be adored, admired, to have everything you want at your fingertips? Yet, with all the glitter, the money, the houses, cars, and jewelry, there is an evil underside to being a star. This story takes a look at that side.

As we have seen
Jan 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmmm well... where do I start with this one?

The story highlights on Grace Turner a young star that rose quickly in Hollywood who disappears suddenly after a few years of fame.

Ella Berman explores an intimate look at the life of a young woman trying to put her life back together after a tragedy.

Grace turns to alcohol and drugs to cope with the horrible things that happened to her as a teenager on film sets and behind closed doors. Now a year later, Grace in her 20's is trying to put her life b
Frank Phillips
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Man, this book was exceptional! I'm torn on my rating of it however, because on one hand absolutely nothing really happened in it, but on the other hand it was so emotionally taxing and well written that I very much so felt myself in our protagonist's shoes, and could not put this down! It's hard to go over the plot of this one without spoiling anything, but let's just say it did remind me a lot of what I imagine many stars such as Britney Spears have gone through growing up as a child star and ...more
Tinichix (nicole)
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Surely there must be some limit to how many times you’re allowed to hurt another human.”

"The Comeback" throws us right into the psyche of young actress Grace Turner, and her manipulative director Able Yorke. While this is a book of fiction, it is a story that is in all honesty most likely true somewhere, and most likely a parallel for someone. It is a #metoo story that involves psychological and physical manipulation. The unjustified thought process of owing someone something while climbing to
I thought this book would be a straight shot of payback and retribution.

However, my expectations were too low because it’s so much more. It’s a layered and nuanced story of a still young child star grasping to find herself and her voice living in the Hollywood spotlight.

Clearing the fog moments at a time, Grace takes a step and then stops, paralized.

Where is she going?

And where has she been?

Everyone asks, but she doesn’t know.

I wasn’t sure that I liked Grace at first. Her interactions with
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“What can I say about Able? He made me who I am today.”

How many reviews can I start with something along the lines of “I thought I was going to hate this” . . . .

But for realsies, between the fact that I’m a Boomer who does not enjoy any of the things and that all the hipsters on the Instagram were loving this - not to mention a face cover (that somehow I kind of enjoyed this time because . . . . fickle?????), I thought my cha
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Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
“The Comeback” by Ella Berman explores the aftermath of sexual abuse trauma. As a society, we have been made aware of male dominated sexism through the “Me Too Movement”. This novel is about the lasting trauma, not just the moments of the abuse(s). Berman skillfully uses her protagonist, Grace Turner, to show the confusion, anger, depression, frustration, and horror that seems to never end. And through Grace, Berman shows how trauma manifests in victim through drugs, alcohol, and bizarre behavio ...more
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It took me some time to collect my thoughts about this nuanced, interesting book about a young ingenue in Hollywood who is robbed of her childhood. Of all the "Me Too" books that have come out this year -- many of which I really enjoyed -- this one stands out above the rest for its characterizations and layered thoughtfulness.

First of all, I listened to the audiobook version of this and loved the narrator. If you are looking for a great audiobook, this is an excellent one to try, though it is ve
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Ella Berman grew up in both London and Los Angeles and worked at Sony Music before starting the clothing brand London Loves LA. She lives in London with her husband, James, and their dog, Rocky. The Comeback is her first novel, coming August 11, 2020.

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