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A deep dive into the psyche of a young actress raised in the spotlight under the influence of a charming, manipulative film director and the moment when she decides his time for winning is over.

At the height of her career and on the eve of her first Golden Globe nomination, teen star Grace Turner disappeared.

Now, tentatively sober and surprisingly numb, Grace is back in
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Hardcover, 383 pages
Expected publication: August 11th 2020 by Penguin Random House
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    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
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    Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
    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 missing from Hollywood. She can be found in her quiet hometown standing in a CVS buying her mom tampons and diet
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    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 shes 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 youre only thirteen, youre ...more
    Kendall
    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
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    Miranda Reads
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    What a great coming of age book! I really love this kind of book, haven't read one like this in awhile! Kept me engaged and was a fast read! More from this author please!!!
    Jamie beauty_andthebook_
    Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    3.5 stars

    The Comeback is a #MeToo story very reminiscent of the Harvey Weinstein stories we've heard in the media but this story is less about the predator and more about the impact it had on his victim - Grace. Grace was a star with her career soaring, but following abuse by her director Abel, she quietly fades into anonymity. Aiming to make a comeback and also face reality, Grace must admit to herself what happened and how she wants to see justice served - but Grace doesn't know what that
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    Johnna Whetstone
    Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I dont think this was what I was expecting, but none the less I was entranced in this heart wrenching book. It was so well written, characters were developed flawlessly, and pulled emotions out of me I didnt know a book could pull! While it did have themes of the #metoo movement, it did so by telling a tale of a child star and those who abused her and how she chose to heal herself. Intense, dark, heart wrenching, but important is how I would describe this book! Highly recommend, but remember to ...more
    Janet
    Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    When it is snowy and cold outside (and my car is buried under 2ft of ❄ ), superspeed readers like me can read 250+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book and many more today. LOL

    I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

    A deep dive into the psyche
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    Sage
    Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    Michelle Reichart
    Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    Liz
    Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This was a solid book that captured the mental turmoil and emotional fallout after repeated sexual abuse and manipulation. I noticed that the author purposefully left out the specifics and the gory details of the abuse, which made for a read that felt very introspective and strangely intimate. An interesting look into the ugly sides of being thrust from anonymity into fame and public adoration at a young age, and how its difficult to trust your own feelings and instincts when your life ...more
    Anne Jaconette
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This book is an impressive, slow-burn on the PTSD that comes with sexual assault and an investigation on systems that keep the assaulter safe. This book really surprised me! Even during small plot turns I found myself gasping aloud in excitement.

    The author does a really beautiful job of writing the relationship between Emilia (Grace's assaulter's wife) and Grace. I found myself constantly guessing whether they were really friends or whether Emilia was complicit in her husband's schemes.

    My only
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    Brooke
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    In the Author's Note, Ella Berman shares that she started writing The Comeback before the #metoo movement took hold in recent years, and while she wasn't directly inspired by what has happened in the wake of the accusations against prominent public figures, it can be said that this is absolutely a novel for the times. Telling the story of Grace Turner, a young starlet who quickly rose to fame as a teenager only to disappear suddenly and unexpectedly after many years of success in Hollywood, The ...more
    Jessica B.
    Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    *early work perk read*

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    Hillary
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The Comeback found that place where you can wake up feeling last night's bad decisions in the back of your throat but still have some sense of your own autonomy...eventually.
    Alex
    Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Early read and this book is fantastic! Gripping, funny and a powerful look at a #metoo victims story. So now ...more
    Stacy
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
    𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐂𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐛𝐲 𝐄𝐥𝐥𝐚 𝐁𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧. Thanks to @netgalley and @berkleypub for the e-arc for an honest review. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Grace is a teen star who is now back in LA after being missing from the scene for a year. As Grace steps back into the celebrity world, we examine why she left, how she was hurt, and how she is going to fit back into the scene and fight back.

    This book started off strong, but I did start to lose interest toward the end. I loved the back and forth of the present and the past, learning of her
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    Asuka
    Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Was super excited to receive this book because in a way I can relate to it. First off I love the cover image, It was the first thing that intrigued me and it is also very fitting to the story. If you read the excerpt on the back and feel like you can relate to the story, I really recommend you give it a read, for me it was empowering & inspiring. There are many girls & women who have been taken advantage of by those in a position of power over them, this book does a wonderful job at ...more
    Sandra Tabor
    The Comeback is the raw, haunting story of Grace, a childhood actress, and the abuse she suffers at the hands of the man who was supposed to guide and protect her. It is a story right out of the Hollywood headlines, a thought provoking, gritty expose, and one you will not easily forget. Ultimately we see the growth and redemption of Grace - and it leaves us with hope for her future.
    Catherine
    Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What an amazing read! The first 7 chapters may not catch your attention, but after that the book will keep you captured. The details and descriptions are one to relate to. This will be recommended to others!
    Vicki Spillman
    Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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    Kerry Beth
    Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    Susan Burlew
    Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: giveaway
    This is the story of a young woman named Grace. She started acting at fifteen. Her family was assured that she would be protected and kept safe. What actually happened was that she was manipulated by her director. She was isolated and let down by those who were supposed to be protecting her. Not surprisingly she was a mess by her early twenties. It was very sad to read at times but also hopeful that she might learn to get past her feelings of worthlessness. Would recommend!
    Bethany Guthrie
    Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    An indictment of the male dominated entertainment industry. Well written and honest, it feels like it could've been the story of any starlet coming up in the business.
    Claire
    Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I received The Comeback as part of a Goodreads giveaway.

    After a mysterious year away from Hollywood, actress Grace Turner is taking her first tentative steps back into her old life as a successful film actress. She is plagued by the memory of addiction, her failed marriage and troubled family life, and her abusive relationship with her mentor, famed director Able Yorke. Her past continues to haunt her as she attempts to reconnect with old friends, her ex, her younger sister, and Able's
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    Natalie
    Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Can you go home again? Can you erase mistakes from your past? Grace goes home to find herself and love from her family, but its not what she expected. Her family causes complications and nothing is simple. Her drug use and prior instability, make her a target. Her problematic sister causes a great deal of trouble. She is literally driven to the edge.

    This perfect story for the ME TOO. era since all her issues stem from the relationship with Able. As we have seen in the headlines, we can relate
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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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