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Cast und Crew von "The Comeback". Crew. Produzent: Lisa Kudrow; Regisseur, Produzent: Michael Patrick King; Regisseur: Clark Mathis; Produzent: Dan. Lisa Kudrow alias Valerie Cherish ist zurück - für acht neue Folgen von "The Comeback". TV-Kameras folgen Valerie, die in den Neunzigern ein Sitcom-Star war. Staffel 1 dieser Comedy-Serie von "Sex and the City“-Drehbuchautor Michael Patrick King mit Lisa Kudrow in der Hauptrolle folgt einer ehemaligen.

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The Comeback: Einst war Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) der Star einer erfolgreichen Sitcom. Doch „I'm It“ liegt bereits 14 Jahre zurück und danach blieben . Diese Episodenliste enthält alle Episoden der US-amerikanischen Comedyserie The Comeback, sortiert nach der US-amerikanischen Erstausstrahlung. Voll souveräner Selbstironie: In „The Comeback“ nimmt die Schauspielerin Lisa Kudrow sich selbst und Amerikas Showbusiness auf den Arm.

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I hope you get the c Beverly wrote: "Wow! I hope you get the chance to read this! Meredith Kristy wrote: "Wonderful review, Meredith! I keep seeing this one around, and I think you may have convinced me to add it to my TBR!

I would love to see your thoughts on this one. I hope you get the chance to read it! Aug 31, JanB rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddy-read-with-marialyce , reads , fiction.

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 4.

Discovered at 13, then groomed and made into a star by producer Able Yorke, Grace was a child who was not protected by her parents or the adults in her life.

This sounds like another somewhat tired MeToo trope but it is not. The author began her book before the movement began and purposefully did not make it into a story for the movement.

This could easily have been a formulaic story but is not. The author clearly did her research. Able stole her childhood and she became emotionally stuck at the age the abuse started.

She was maddeningly immature and self-absorbed one minute, while charming and sweet the next like most teens. Grace was sympathetic, captivating, and real to me.

I was so emotionally invested in her story that I simply could not put the book down, and read it in two sittings. It completely sucked me in from the first page to the last.

If I wanted to be nitpicky, I could have done without the epilogue, but it in no way detracts from my love of this book. Highly recommended!

I purposefully went light on plot in this review because the details are best discovered by the reader. But this ticked all my boxes: character-driven, smart writing, engaging damaged characters, and psychological insights.

What an amazing debut! This was a fun buddy read with my friend Marialyce, one we both enjoyed. View all 75 comments. Jan 13, Miranda Reads added it Shelves: paperback , berkleypub , onceuponabookclub , received-to-review.

June's Reading Vlog Video is up! Click the link to see where this one ranks along with all my other June books! The Written Review "You know, I don't expect you to give me any special treatment, but I thought you could at least pretend to like me.

Looking back, I felt ashamed of how much I wanted it all. She's newly sober and permanently numb, but for the June's Reading Vlog Video is up! She's newly sober and permanently numb, but for the first time in a year Able Yorke - the man behind Grace's rise to fame - is about to receive a lifetime achievement award and Grace is asked to present it and she's never felt colder.

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 She's confronted with the fact that no amount of hiding could cover up what happened to her One that will change her life forever.

The characters felt believable and the emotions that were wrought from me were real. Grace's survival was poignant and impactful. The flashbacks worked really well with the story format and served to bring about emotional change within the main character.

It has an ode to the MeToo movement and gave me serious Speak vibes. However, much like the original Speak, the pacing felt off to me.

There's lot of this book is spent I wished that there was more action - particularly at the end - to really give that self-righteous oomph that I feel would've given that book an essential lift.

A huge thank you to Berkley Pub for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review! Aug 31, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , metoo.

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 family who move to Anaheim to be nearby and almost everyone else, for that matter, making her totally dependent on the director not just for her career, but her own sense of worth.

And subject her to the predatory game of Survival Hollywood in which every star, particularly when young and pretty, is stalked by a relentless jackal mob of paparazzi, and preyed on by a plague of only everybody, in the business and not, with a phone and a desire to get a few more likes, the more mortifying the post, the better, and diverse low-lifes trying to find a way to take advantage of her youth and unworldliness.

What could possibly go wrong? Ella Berman - image from her Twitter pages We meet Grace Hyde as she is driving a car off a cliff to her likely doom.

Bonus points for taking out the evil-doer in the passenger seat. From this point we look back six weeks, to unravel the events leading up to this dire event, the present of the novel.

Fans know her as Grace Turner. It is after she has begun her turn as a grownup actress, to the point of a Golden Globe nomination, that she crashes and burns.

To be followed by rehab for alcoholism, and a year out of the spotlight, living with her parents in Anaheim.

So, a second point from which we wonder backwards. What led Grace to her earlier, albeit less literal, cliff dive?

It is from this present that Grace remembers back to her early days in the industry, and the events leading up to her rehab.

Through it all is her relationship with her family, not a pretty picture and in the present, her intense relationship with her sister, Esme.

Through it all, she is struggling to define herself for herself, while staving off the worst of her self doubt and self recriminations with whatever works.

Able did quite nicely with the series, the core of his oeuvre, and is in the present of the story about to receive a prestigious lifetime achievement award.

Surprisingly, given her recent hiatus, Grace has been asked to present it to him. It makes her ill even to think about it.

Building back her career is no simple task, with spoiled personal and work relationships to repair, and a reputation, deserved or not, as a difficult on-set persona to overcome.

She faces the celebrity challenge of trying to re-build while, to the public, she is click-bait on feet, again, always having to look out for the next person looking to take her picture, video an embarrassing moment, or tape record her saying anything at all.

She is a young woman in a glass bowl, with no way out. Grace keeps putting her off. Her sister, Esme, who has sought help from Grace with a problem of her own, wants Grace to nuke Able at the award show, presenting the audience and him with something more than just his lifetime achievement award.

But if she does, there is a very real possibility that her career may get nuked along with her abuser. How painful would this be for her and her children?

Her ex is certainly far too good to be true Cut Dylan open and he will bleed America, and maybe some puppies , but is a lovely presence on the page.

Her assistant, and maybe bff, Laurel, is a wonderful manifestation of support and love, despite not always having been seen or truly appreciated.

But there is real affection there too, a literal sisterhood, however strained, to build on. The verbal, psychological, emotional abuse to which he subjects the teenage actress will make you clench your teeth, and channel the rage we all feel toward the Epsteins and Weinsteins of this world.

He persuades Grace that he knows her and her needs and capacities better than she does herself. Hear the lie often enough and you do not have to be a vulnerable teen for it to have a major impact.

How much did she know when it was happening? Is her affection for Grace real? Or is she secretly allied with Able in trying to fend off trouble the best way she knows how?

She will keep you guessing. Berman began this story before the reporting on Harvey Weinstein hit the presses, so there is no mention in the book of the ongoing MeToo movement.

This individual tale is, however, reflective of many stories that we have heard in the years since the abuse revelations began flooding out of Hollywood.

In showing how another director treats Grace, Berman makes a case for the pervasiveness of the abuse problem, what happens when the powerful and connected exercise their power over the powerless and isolated.

Berman had worked for years in the music industry in the UK and came across plenty such odious behavior there.

It is impossible to read this book and not think of My Dark Vanessa. There are obvious similarities, teen girls sexually exploited by much older men, in positions of power over them.

Vanessa could have, theoretically at least, just picked up and gone to another school to get away from Strane. Whether she was mature enough to be responsible for her actions or not, Vanessa sought out the relationship.

Grace did not get into her career looking for the sort of sexual adventure that Vanessa had, so is even more of a victim. Vanessa keeps trying to contact her abuser.

Grace has complicated ties to connected people, but wants nothing to do with Able. Both novels portray adult women Vanessa in her thirties, Grace only twenty one trying to cope with the impact on their lives, and on their sense of self, of years of abuse during their adolescence.

Both are faced with an opportunity to go public with what they experienced, which prompts an internal conflict on what to do.

While they have obvious similarities, the books differ considerably in their feel. Vanessa seems a more literary approach, setting itself in an academic milieu, offering a host of literary references, and consideration of sexuality in classic books.

Both are wonderful, but in different ways. Grace is portrayed as very human character, an obnoxious teen reveling in her newfound fame while looking down her nose at her family.

She abuses substances, legal and not, and does not treat the people around her all that well. Some of that may be the result of too-young-stardom, from her adolescence having been stolen from her, and a reaction to the abuse and trauma she has suffered, and from which she continues to suffer, but some of it is pure Grace.

Despite the fame and fortune that came with it, Grace had been severely broken. She is trying to mend the relationships she has damaged and remake her life, whether she will ultimately succeed or not, on her own terms.

In short, Ella Berman has written an engaging, effective narrative of hope emerging from a long, dark, damaging experience, in a toxic world.

It should have its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For a moment, everything is calm and I face the horizon.

I watch a monster wave gathering power until it looms five feet above me, hissing. I hold my breath as the wave crashes over me and then I am plunged into darkness.

I accepted it freely. There was no manipulation involved. And thanks to MC. You know who you are. Check it out. While in London, Berman worked in the entertainment industry, for Sony Music, where she admits she observed first-hand the abuse of power among those at the top.

View all 5 comments. Aug 22, Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: feminism , print-from-publisher , good-one-for-a-group-read.

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 Grace seems to have it all in Hollywood style and people see her as spoiled and entitled.

It has some suspense to it, and the story starts with a scene that left me with many questions. I was turning the pages as fast as I could to find some answers.

At times I was a bit frustrated waiting for those answers and wished the pace was faster however through Grace we learn about her past as she confronts her past at her own pace and struggles with finding herself.

I loved that dynamic to the story. There is some behind the scenes writing here, and Ella Berman leaves it up to us to piece together the trauma that has left Grace feeling alone and wanting to hide from the world.

The focus is on Grace's eternal struggles while not exploring the details of her trauma. She gives us enough to know what is going on to allow us to form our own thoughts.

I instantly connected to Grace and her vulnerability and loneliness tugged at my momma heartstrings and I wanted to protect her. Grace's relationships with the other characters are complicated and I wished that they were fleshed out more than they were.

I questioned the motivations of the other characters that created some tension to the story for me however I wished there was more depth to them.

I did feel a little letdown to the conclusion to the climax to the story and I loved one twist to the story that did give it a clever thrill to the story for me.

I loved the way things wrapped and Grace's comeback was rewarding!! I highly recommend it! Talking about my shelves or maybe to myself.

I have added this one to my feminism shelve because I thought it gives awareness to the systemic abuse of power against women and is a voice for the me too movement.

I thought the author did a good job representing Grace and her trauma with sensitivity and gave a stand against abuse.

I stand with her!! I received a copy from the publisher! View all 26 comments. Aug 19, Michael David 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 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 Grace Turner is living with her mom and dad in a California suburb, just trudging along in her current day-to-day life.

I could feel how broken Grace was, and felt like I could see her eyes that no longer held light in them. There was definitely a feeling of anger as I read about a young girl turn into a young woman who no longer felt she had any power.

Kudos to author Ella Berman on her debut. She brings the characters to life. You will feel many emotions with many of them.

I liked a great deal of them, and appreciated the sometimes darkly humorous commentary that Grace and the others made in a story with a very non-humorous subject.

Will Grace find the happiness she lost years ago, and get to a place of healing? You can find out now as the book is available everywhere. View all 50 comments.

Jul 28, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc-from-publisher. A round of applause for Ella Berman! 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 A round of applause for Ella Berman! Over time Able's controlling and manipulative ways isolate Grace from everyone even her family.

The only person she has in the world is Able. He is emotionally abusive to her and gaslights her any chance he can get to keep a firm grip on her.

Over time his motives become sexual in nature and Grace doesn't understand what is happening and thinks it is all her fault.

Over the next few years Grace relies on drugs and alcohol to numb her mind from the dark thoughts that spin round and round.

After hitting rock bottom she returns to her parents house in Anaheim to get sober. I was his muse and he was my Svengali.

Slowly but surely Grace starts to get her life together and in doing so she forms a plan to take down the man that destroyed her life.

She is so funny and caring but because she was abused for so long and because she believes it was all her fault she has terrible self esteem.

She thinks she is unworthy of love from anyone and despises being touched in any way. To watch Grace evolve from a broken young woman to one of courage and determination was so compelling to read about.

For a debut novel this is quite impressive. Elle Berman is the real deal and I am so excited to see what else she has in store for us.

All the stars! This is my honest opinion. View all 29 comments. 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.

Grace is asked to present an award to a director who controlled her life for a number of years, and her best laid plans may come crashing down. Drugs, alcohol, and self-destruction are vices she desperately wants to put behind her.

The writing is strong and engaging, and I just loved this powerful story. Ella Berman has penned a remarkable, memorable debut.

I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own. Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www. View all 21 comments.

Heartbreaking and hopeful. Riveting and disturbing. When Grace is 13 she is discovered at an audition in her UK hometown.

Enticed by the glittering Hollywood movie star lifestyle the entire family packs up and moves to California. Ella Berman started writing this in before metoo.

Nothing was overly graphic or gratuitous it was more implied than anything else. This really allowed me to focus on Grace and her comeback.

She started as a selfish spoiled diva and grew into a compassionate caring human. A well told thought-provoking story with well developed characters.

Sep 15, Gabrielle Grosbety rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction. While also realizing she is part of it all, even complicit in letting her own self profit off of it and bask in it, even though she is young when she begins and still has a lot to uncover and learn.

As Hollywood was already exerting a sense of domineering control over her before she even knew it was happening. In all of which comes a sense of deepening discovery and messy moments of living and functioning as a human in the darkness of her own space and in the limelight of her moments in the spotlight among cameras that catch all her moments and angles, even the more unflattering ones in which she struggles to reclaim her own narrative and inner, burgeoning power.

These are necessary stories and portrayals of the more unglamorous, repulsive truths that hide behind the surface untouchability and beckoning, flashy intrigue of Hollywood.

He realistically deeply inflicted pain on her and affected her life over and over again, but he never defined her and her own journey to in fact come back from all her unprocessed demons and begin the continual, ever-evolving journey of being unapologetic in her own acceptance of herself.

Aug 25, Bridgett rated it really liked it. 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 The Comeback , however, didn't feel as dark and heavy as My Dark Vanessa.

Yes, the reader is once again inside th 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 Yes, the reader is once again inside the head of a traumatized young woman, but Grace had a strength and lightness to her that Vanessa's character lacked.

Ella Berman 's debut novel weaves a powerful narrative about the metoo movement, with an intense focus on redefining pain and finding redemption.

Though I truly enjoyed this novel, it did drag through multiple portions, offering secondary stories which were only vaguely interesting.

And although the conclusion was satisfying, after all the build-up waiting for that one big confrontational moment, I was disappointed by how lackadaisically it all played out.

Overall, I'm giving this an enthusiastic 3. I look forward to Berman's future works. View all 14 comments.

Aug 22, DeAnn rated it really liked it Shelves: , edelweiss 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 4.

This was a page turner that made me grapple with the realities of Hollywood and stardom. How does anyone emerge unscathed? And the worst is what happens on the casting couch.

This was a fabulous debut novel and rightly deserves the accolades it is receiving. This was a fun buddy read with Mary Beth.

Thank you to Berkley for the complimentary copy through Edelweiss. This one is out now! View all 35 comments. Feb 13, Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing.

Like any abuser, her cuts her off from family and friends and anyone who might advocate on her behalf. View all 6 comments.

Aug 22, Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews rated it liked it Shelves: traveling-sister-read , physical-from-publisher.

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 3. I thought the author did a fantastic job portraying the deceit, manipulation and abuse without actually giving the reader unnecessary detail.

You can have all the money in the world, yet be lonely and alone. As she learns more about her true self and where she belongs in the world, Grace works on her relationships with her family, friends and husband.

I thought the author did a great job with the secondary characters which, in turn, shed light on Grace as a person. The overall reading experience was a mix of things for me.

I really enjoyed many aspects of the novel, but some parts dragged. The writing was great, but the storyline wavered as far as holding my interest consistently.

Overall, my curiosity was piqued and I rooted for a positive outcome for Grace. This was an interesting and entertaining read that provided a thought-provoking look into the fame and fortune of young actors in Hollywood.

Thank you to the publisher for sending me a physical review copy! View all 19 comments. Jul 20, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley , kindle.

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 Thanks to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for an egalley in exchange for an honest review.

But Grace is contemplating a return to the set if only to finally confront the director that controlled every aspect of her career.

Ella Berman's novel is a slow burn, riddled with emotion, and steering us through Grace's confusion, anger, and hurt.

Although it is clear from the beginning of the demons that Grace is fighting, future readers will have to be patient as Berman carries us towards the climax of the novel.

Grace is also not the only flawed character in this novel and as informed as we are as readers, I must admit to being frustrated at how confrontational so many of the people around Grace were towards her.

But then as I finished the novel and reflected on it overnight, I realized we all have the capacity to be so locked in our emotional tidal wave, that even when we can see another person hurting we still have the tendency to lash out at them.

This was one of my anticipated novels of the summer and it didn't disappoint. View all 4 comments. May 12, Katie B rated it really liked it Shelves: arc , california , fiction , read-in , tv-film , berkley.

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.

Grace 3. Grace Turner catapulted to fame as an actress when she was a teenager. Steadily working for years, Grace disappears from the limelight for a year and gets sober.

She's now back in Los Angeles and has been asked to present a lifetime achievement award to director Able Yorke. He's the person who helped kick start her career in Hollywood.

Able is very controlling, among other things. The story alternates between the past when Grace is working as an actress as well as the present time in which she's trying to get her life back together.

Harvey Weinstein might come to mind while reading this book and what's interesting is according to the author's note she started writing this book months before the what was going on in Hollywood became headline news.

While the subject matter in this book might be difficult for some to read, most of the story is about the aftermath of working with a particular person.

It gets a little graphic but not nearly to the extent I have read in other books dealing with the same topics. The pace of the book is very slow and it honestly feels like not much is happening to advance the story.

But I do believe there is value in sticking with it. In my opinion it is a book more appreciated after you are done reading and have seen the character's entire story arc.

And the fact there aren't many standout moments actually gives it more of a realistic feel. There's just something unique about this book and how it was written.

Maybe some readers will find it boring, but I thought it was a thought provoking read. Thank you to Berkley for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for an honest review!

Aug 31, Marialyce rated it really liked it Shelves: library-overdrive , jan-mar , books-of 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 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?

As we have seen Hollywood and the entertainment industry is filled with predators, men who seek not only control of women and girls, but also are well educated in the fact that the lights of fame glitter brightly and many are prey to their allure.

These men know so well the girls to go after, the young unsophisticated, the ones who are cast adrift by parents who only see the allure of money and forget they have a child who they are supposed to protect.

Witness the Weinstein, Lauer, Epstein men, plus scores of others who have not been outed but surely exist hidden in shadows with promises made and a web of deceit woven.

In this story, we meet such a girl. Grace Turner, was discovered at age 13 and started down a path that did indeed lead her to fame and fortune, but oh what a price she paid.

When at the age of 23, she up and left the life that she had descended into, it's a time for her to come face to face with the things that haunt her, the things that destroyed her, the things she has nightmares about.

For Grace has been molested, not only her body but also her mind has been screwed with all courtesy of producer Able York.

He holds Grace, molds her into a star, but also makes her a pawn in the sick game he plays, as he crushes and dismantles her, Grace tumbles into the world of drugs, alcohol and a marriage to a man who loves her plummets.

At that point, she has nowhere to go. She decides to go home to her parents and sister. Will this be the way to start healing or will her family once again abandon her to the whiles of an evil and cruel world that Grace seems to believe is perhaps what she deserves.

Totally tragic, this story did delve into the underbelly of Hollywood, the seedy side, the side that has been hidden by glitz and glamour.

It's a tale that rings ever so true. One can bet that there are a multitude of others that have seen their lives destroyed by predators.

These men come in all walks of life, they seek out the weak, the young, and those not protected by adults. This was Grace, sad destitute but with a will that tried to right the wrongs done to her.

Whether she does succeed is the gist of this compelling story. These days many of us wish we could put our children and grandchildren under a protective shield as we send them out into a word where much evil exists.

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Clear your history. Valerie Cherish 21 episodes, Mickey Deane 21 episodes, I felt Grace's pain. I felt such intense frustration at what people are allowed to get away with.

The Comeback forces us to admit that sometimes the one with the charming smile and lots of friends is the monster, and the one who seems selfish and sheltered is the victim.

We've seen this in real life action. Weinstein had so many friends, donated to all the right causes-- people loved that guy.

I want to add, though, that while this book goes to some dark and depressing places, it is not a dreary and hopeless book. It is not called The Comeback for nothing.

We just have to fall to the worst kind of lows with Grace in order to find the comeback so wholly satisfying. Please be aware that this story contains on-page sexual assault and substance abuse.

Quotes were taken from an uncorrected advance copy. Facebook Instagram View all 22 comments. I highly recommend this book! I am going to start off this review with a bold statement for a bold book 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 pills. One of Hollywood's biggest stars Just slipped into the night and escaped her reality.

Much as she had been doing for years- except with drugs and alcohol. I don't know if I can express all of my feelings about this book without writing my own book.

It just evokes so many feeling in the reader. This book captured how at 14 Grace discovered that she had a new power. The power that adults had to pay attention to her and found they were trying to please her and win her over.

What 14 year old has that power? A child superstar, that is who. What an odd realization for a 14 year old.

Also to be stripped away from your family and friends. Having nobody as a support except for the people in the industry, the people being paid to be your support system.

Enter Able Yorke- famous director whom takes Grace under his wing- he made her, she is nothing without her. Or so she is made to think.

So I fully went into this expecting My Dark Vanessa all the way. Having read both excellent books, I do feel this one will appeal to a wider audience.

The only thing these two novels have in common are about the subject matter- the abuse of power by a figure of authority over a young girl.

The difference is Grace knows she was a victim. Grace knows Able abused his power over her. Grace knows and she wants him to pay.

Also unlike Vanessa this book doesn't go into the graphic details that Vanessa did. We know abuse took place but we are spared from living through every gut wrenching detail.

So I feel the message came across and will appeal more to a larger audience because it is much easier to read. I never once felt uncomfortable reading this book, yet I got the message loud and clear.

I loved so much about this book.. Grace was so darn real, I loved we got to see her in her hometown and her Hollywood self.

When Grace gets a chance to make the world see Able for who he really is I was anxiously waiting to see if she was brave enough This book is fantastic and I can't recommend it enough.

The author didn't simply write on the current situation in Hollywood that has now been "outed" to the rest of the world.

She had been writing this novel before that news hit the media. Upon reading her bio, I would say it is safe to say she has been witness to some of these "power moves" made by men in power since really the beginning of time.

Yet, you don't have to be a Hollywood star to know this happens every single day A story of disgusting, vile, manipulative, abuse of power of a young girl.

A young girl just trying to be successful in a big world. Thank you so very much to Berkley for sending me this amazing book View all 74 comments.

Feb 11, Nilufer Ozmekik 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 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.

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 loved ones, forming fake, artificial relationships, put herself on her a spiral, loses in a dangerous rabbit hole of alcohol, drugs, self-destruction.

She was manipulated by the man she worked for and suffered from his hot-cold manners, instable emotional turmoil.

The man forced her to work on the stunts she never wanted to but she did it anyways to get his approval. And of course at her 21, she is married with Dylan who is the only kind and decent character of the book One of his kind and he is hard to be found in Hollywoodland.

Two young guys are still children but they tried so hard to act like adults and ruin everything with their relationship.

One year later they kick her out. I enjoyed intriguing writing, realistic approach of movie industry and struggles of young actress.

This is amazing book how women fight for their way to land meaningful behind the camera gigs, how important for them to speak and raise their voices, support each other to get the praise they fully earned.

The characterization is satisfying, complex, layered. Pacing is good, keeping your interest intact. By the way she has great choices about eating places at Abbott Kinney.

Grace meets with her friends at my favorite cafes. View all 8 comments. Oct 14, Meredith rated it really liked it. Powerful 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. She was manipulated to the point where she felt like she could trust no-one, including her parents, her friends, her sister, and her husband.

She chose drugs, fake friends, and other self-destructive behavior to block out what she experienced. Having returned to the scene of her destruction, she now either must decide whether to keep her secret or expose her abuser.

She is flawed, not always likable, and, oftentimes, self-absorbed and selfish, but at the same time, she is very real and honest. In Grace, Berman has created a complex and complicated character.

Her journey is gradual, and it takes time, regression, and exploration before she is ready to fight for her voice. There are small moments of victory, and the ending culminates in the moment I was hoping for.

The Comeback is a compelling, nuanced, and thought-provoking read with a heroine who got under my skin in the best way--her character will keep me thinking for time to come.

View all 46 comments. Meredith Beverly wrote: "Wow! Stunning review Meredith! I love a great character study and especially of a flawed one.

I hope you get the c Beverly wrote: "Wow! I hope you get the chance to read this! Meredith Kristy wrote: "Wonderful review, Meredith!

I keep seeing this one around, and I think you may have convinced me to add it to my TBR! I would love to see your thoughts on this one.

I hope you get the chance to read it! Aug 31, JanB rated it it was amazing Shelves: buddy-read-with-marialyce , reads , fiction.

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 4.

Discovered at 13, then groomed and made into a star by producer Able Yorke, Grace was a child who was not protected by her parents or the adults in her life.

This sounds like another somewhat tired MeToo trope but it is not. The author began her book before the movement began and purposefully did not make it into a story for the movement.

This could easily have been a formulaic story but is not. The author clearly did her research. Able stole her childhood and she became emotionally stuck at the age the abuse started.

She was maddeningly immature and self-absorbed one minute, while charming and sweet the next like most teens. Grace was sympathetic, captivating, and real to me.

I was so emotionally invested in her story that I simply could not put the book down, and read it in two sittings. It completely sucked me in from the first page to the last.

If I wanted to be nitpicky, I could have done without the epilogue, but it in no way detracts from my love of this book. Highly recommended!

I purposefully went light on plot in this review because the details are best discovered by the reader. But this ticked all my boxes: character-driven, smart writing, engaging damaged characters, and psychological insights.

What an amazing debut! This was a fun buddy read with my friend Marialyce, one we both enjoyed. View all 75 comments.

Jan 13, Miranda Reads added it Shelves: paperback , berkleypub , onceuponabookclub , received-to-review. June's Reading Vlog Video is up!

Click the link to see where this one ranks along with all my other June books! The Written Review "You know, I don't expect you to give me any special treatment, but I thought you could at least pretend to like me.

Looking back, I felt ashamed of how much I wanted it all. She's newly sober and permanently numb, but for the June's Reading Vlog Video is up!

She's newly sober and permanently numb, but for the first time in a year Able Yorke - the man behind Grace's rise to fame - is about to receive a lifetime achievement award and Grace is asked to present it and she's never felt colder.

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 She's confronted with the fact that no amount of hiding could cover up what happened to her One that will change her life forever.

The characters felt believable and the emotions that were wrought from me were real. Grace's survival was poignant and impactful. The flashbacks worked really well with the story format and served to bring about emotional change within the main character.

It has an ode to the MeToo movement and gave me serious Speak vibes. However, much like the original Speak, the pacing felt off to me.

There's lot of this book is spent I wished that there was more action - particularly at the end - to really give that self-righteous oomph that I feel would've given that book an essential lift.

A huge thank you to Berkley Pub for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review! Aug 31, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction , metoo.

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 family who move to Anaheim to be nearby and almost everyone else, for that matter, making her totally dependent on the director not just for her career, but her own sense of worth.

And subject her to the predatory game of Survival Hollywood in which every star, particularly when young and pretty, is stalked by a relentless jackal mob of paparazzi, and preyed on by a plague of only everybody, in the business and not, with a phone and a desire to get a few more likes, the more mortifying the post, the better, and diverse low-lifes trying to find a way to take advantage of her youth and unworldliness.

What could possibly go wrong? Ella Berman - image from her Twitter pages We meet Grace Hyde as she is driving a car off a cliff to her likely doom.

Bonus points for taking out the evil-doer in the passenger seat. From this point we look back six weeks, to unravel the events leading up to this dire event, the present of the novel.

Fans know her as Grace Turner. It is after she has begun her turn as a grownup actress, to the point of a Golden Globe nomination, that she crashes and burns.

To be followed by rehab for alcoholism, and a year out of the spotlight, living with her parents in Anaheim. So, a second point from which we wonder backwards.

What led Grace to her earlier, albeit less literal, cliff dive? It is from this present that Grace remembers back to her early days in the industry, and the events leading up to her rehab.

Through it all is her relationship with her family, not a pretty picture and in the present, her intense relationship with her sister, Esme.

Through it all, she is struggling to define herself for herself, while staving off the worst of her self doubt and self recriminations with whatever works.

Able did quite nicely with the series, the core of his oeuvre, and is in the present of the story about to receive a prestigious lifetime achievement award.

Surprisingly, given her recent hiatus, Grace has been asked to present it to him. It makes her ill even to think about it.

Building back her career is no simple task, with spoiled personal and work relationships to repair, and a reputation, deserved or not, as a difficult on-set persona to overcome.

She faces the celebrity challenge of trying to re-build while, to the public, she is click-bait on feet, again, always having to look out for the next person looking to take her picture, video an embarrassing moment, or tape record her saying anything at all.

She is a young woman in a glass bowl, with no way out. Grace keeps putting her off. Her sister, Esme, who has sought help from Grace with a problem of her own, wants Grace to nuke Able at the award show, presenting the audience and him with something more than just his lifetime achievement award.

But if she does, there is a very real possibility that her career may get nuked along with her abuser. How painful would this be for her and her children?

Her ex is certainly far too good to be true Cut Dylan open and he will bleed America, and maybe some puppies , but is a lovely presence on the page.

Her assistant, and maybe bff, Laurel, is a wonderful manifestation of support and love, despite not always having been seen or truly appreciated.

But there is real affection there too, a literal sisterhood, however strained, to build on. The verbal, psychological, emotional abuse to which he subjects the teenage actress will make you clench your teeth, and channel the rage we all feel toward the Epsteins and Weinsteins of this world.

He persuades Grace that he knows her and her needs and capacities better than she does herself. Hear the lie often enough and you do not have to be a vulnerable teen for it to have a major impact.

How much did she know when it was happening? Is her affection for Grace real? Or is she secretly allied with Able in trying to fend off trouble the best way she knows how?

She will keep you guessing. Berman began this story before the reporting on Harvey Weinstein hit the presses, so there is no mention in the book of the ongoing MeToo movement.

This individual tale is, however, reflective of many stories that we have heard in the years since the abuse revelations began flooding out of Hollywood.

In showing how another director treats Grace, Berman makes a case for the pervasiveness of the abuse problem, what happens when the powerful and connected exercise their power over the powerless and isolated.

Berman had worked for years in the music industry in the UK and came across plenty such odious behavior there. It is impossible to read this book and not think of My Dark Vanessa.

There are obvious similarities, teen girls sexually exploited by much older men, in positions of power over them.

Vanessa could have, theoretically at least, just picked up and gone to another school to get away from Strane. Whether she was mature enough to be responsible for her actions or not, Vanessa sought out the relationship.

Grace did not get into her career looking for the sort of sexual adventure that Vanessa had, so is even more of a victim. Vanessa keeps trying to contact her abuser.

Grace has complicated ties to connected people, but wants nothing to do with Able. Both novels portray adult women Vanessa in her thirties, Grace only twenty one trying to cope with the impact on their lives, and on their sense of self, of years of abuse during their adolescence.

Both are faced with an opportunity to go public with what they experienced, which prompts an internal conflict on what to do. While they have obvious similarities, the books differ considerably in their feel.

Vanessa seems a more literary approach, setting itself in an academic milieu, offering a host of literary references, and consideration of sexuality in classic books.

Both are wonderful, but in different ways. Grace is portrayed as very human character, an obnoxious teen reveling in her newfound fame while looking down her nose at her family.

She abuses substances, legal and not, and does not treat the people around her all that well. Some of that may be the result of too-young-stardom, from her adolescence having been stolen from her, and a reaction to the abuse and trauma she has suffered, and from which she continues to suffer, but some of it is pure Grace.

Despite the fame and fortune that came with it, Grace had been severely broken. She is trying to mend the relationships she has damaged and remake her life, whether she will ultimately succeed or not, on her own terms.

In short, Ella Berman has written an engaging, effective narrative of hope emerging from a long, dark, damaging experience, in a toxic world.

It should have its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. For a moment, everything is calm and I face the horizon. I watch a monster wave gathering power until it looms five feet above me, hissing.

I hold my breath as the wave crashes over me and then I am plunged into darkness. I accepted it freely. There was no manipulation involved.

And thanks to MC. You know who you are. Check it out. While in London, Berman worked in the entertainment industry, for Sony Music, where she admits she observed first-hand the abuse of power among those at the top.

View all 5 comments. Aug 22, Brenda - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: feminism , print-from-publisher , good-one-for-a-group-read.

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 Grace seems to have it all in Hollywood style and people see her as spoiled and entitled.

It has some suspense to it, and the story starts with a scene that left me with many questions.

I was turning the pages as fast as I could to find some answers. At times I was a bit frustrated waiting for those answers and wished the pace was faster however through Grace we learn about her past as she confronts her past at her own pace and struggles with finding herself.

I loved that dynamic to the story. There is some behind the scenes writing here, and Ella Berman leaves it up to us to piece together the trauma that has left Grace feeling alone and wanting to hide from the world.

The focus is on Grace's eternal struggles while not exploring the details of her trauma. She gives us enough to know what is going on to allow us to form our own thoughts.

I instantly connected to Grace and her vulnerability and loneliness tugged at my momma heartstrings and I wanted to protect her.

Grace's relationships with the other characters are complicated and I wished that they were fleshed out more than they were. I questioned the motivations of the other characters that created some tension to the story for me however I wished there was more depth to them.

I did feel a little letdown to the conclusion to the climax to the story and I loved one twist to the story that did give it a clever thrill to the story for me.

I loved the way things wrapped and Grace's comeback was rewarding!! I highly recommend it! Talking about my shelves or maybe to myself.

I have added this one to my feminism shelve because I thought it gives awareness to the systemic abuse of power against women and is a voice for the me too movement.

I thought the author did a good job representing Grace and her trauma with sensitivity and gave a stand against abuse. I stand with her!!

I received a copy from the publisher! View all 26 comments. Aug 19, Michael David 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 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 Grace Turner is living with her mom and dad in a California suburb, just trudging along in her current day-to-day life.

I could feel how broken Grace was, and felt like I could see her eyes that no longer held light in them. There was definitely a feeling of anger as I read about a young girl turn into a young woman who no longer felt she had any power.

Kudos to author Ella Berman on her debut. She brings the characters to life. You will feel many emotions with many of them.

I liked a great deal of them, and appreciated the sometimes darkly humorous commentary that Grace and the others made in a story with a very non-humorous subject.

Will Grace find the happiness she lost years ago, and get to a place of healing? You can find out now as the book is available everywhere.

View all 50 comments. Jul 28, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: arc-from-publisher. A round of applause for Ella Berman!

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 A round of applause for Ella Berman! Over time Able's controlling and manipulative ways isolate Grace from everyone even her family.

The only person she has in the world is Able. He is emotionally abusive to her and gaslights her any chance he can get to keep a firm grip on her.

Over time his motives become sexual in nature and Grace doesn't understand what is happening and thinks it is all her fault. Over the next few years Grace relies on drugs and alcohol to numb her mind from the dark thoughts that spin round and round.

After hitting rock bottom she returns to her parents house in Anaheim to get sober. I was his muse and he was my Svengali. Slowly but surely Grace starts to get her life together and in doing so she forms a plan to take down the man that destroyed her life.

She is so funny and caring but because she was abused for so long and because she believes it was all her fault she has terrible self esteem.

She thinks she is unworthy of love from anyone and despises being touched in any way. To watch Grace evolve from a broken young woman to one of courage and determination was so compelling to read about.

For a debut novel this is quite impressive. Elle Berman is the real deal and I am so excited to see what else she has in store for us.

All the stars! This is my honest opinion. View all 29 comments. 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.

Grace is asked to present an award to a director who controlled her life for a number of years, and her best laid plans may come crashing down.

Drugs, alcohol, and self-destruction are vices she desperately wants to put behind her. The writing is strong and engaging, and I just loved this powerful story.

Ella Berman has penned a remarkable, memorable debut. I received a gifted copy. All opinions are my own.

Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog: www. View all 21 comments. Heartbreaking and hopeful. Riveting and disturbing. When Grace is 13 she is discovered at an audition in her UK hometown.

Enticed by the glittering Hollywood movie star lifestyle the entire family packs up and moves to California. Ella Berman started writing this in before metoo.

Nothing was overly graphic or gratuitous it was more implied than anything else. This really allowed me to focus on Grace and her comeback.

She started as a selfish spoiled diva and grew into a compassionate caring human. A well told thought-provoking story with well developed characters.

Sep 15, Gabrielle Grosbety rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction. While also realizing she is part of it all, even complicit in letting her own self profit off of it and bask in it, even though she is young when she begins and still has a lot to uncover and learn.

As Hollywood was already exerting a sense of domineering control over her before she even knew it was happening.

In all of which comes a sense of deepening discovery and messy moments of living and functioning as a human in the darkness of her own space and in the limelight of her moments in the spotlight among cameras that catch all her moments and angles, even the more unflattering ones in which she struggles to reclaim her own narrative and inner, burgeoning power.

These are necessary stories and portrayals of the more unglamorous, repulsive truths that hide behind the surface untouchability and beckoning, flashy intrigue of Hollywood.

He realistically deeply inflicted pain on her and affected her life over and over again, but he never defined her and her own journey to in fact come back from all her unprocessed demons and begin the continual, ever-evolving journey of being unapologetic in her own acceptance of herself.

Aug 25, Bridgett rated it really liked it. 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 The Comeback , however, didn't feel as dark and heavy as My Dark Vanessa.

Yes, the reader is once again inside th 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 Yes, the reader is once again inside the head of a traumatized young woman, but Grace had a strength and lightness to her that Vanessa's character lacked.

Ella Berman 's debut novel weaves a powerful narrative about the metoo movement, with an intense focus on redefining pain and finding redemption.

Though I truly enjoyed this novel, it did drag through multiple portions, offering secondary stories which were only vaguely interesting.

And although the conclusion was satisfying, after all the build-up waiting for that one big confrontational moment, I was disappointed by how lackadaisically it all played out.

Overall, I'm giving this an enthusiastic 3. I look forward to Berman's future works. View all 14 comments. Aug 22, DeAnn rated it really liked it Shelves: , edelweiss 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.

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