The Comeback

“Sometimes the worst part of it all is that you lose control of your own story.”

Thank you to Berkley Publishing for gifting me a copy of THE COMEBACK by Ella Berman.

“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 Los Angeles after her year of self-imposed exile. She knows the new private life she wants isn’t going to be easy as she tries to be a better person and reconnect with the people she left behind.

But when Grace is asked to present a lifetime achievement award to director Able Yorke—the man who controlled her every move for eight years—she realizes that she can’t run from the secret behind her spectacular crash and burn for much longer. And she’s the only one with nothing left to lose.

Alternating between past and present, THE COMEBACK tackles power dynamics and the uncertainty of young adulthood, the types of secrets that become part of our sense of self, and the moments when we learn that though there are many ways to get hurt, we can still choose to fight back.”

Riveting, inspiring, haunting, and unputdownable. This book was such an unexpected read for me and once I started, I couldn’t put it down. Grace Hyde is all of the women who have ever been harassed because of their beauty, made to feel inferior because of their talents, and who have almost given up for fear of retaliation. Ella Berman encapsulated countless emotions into this story and created a truly captivating and memorable character.

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

Because of the content of this book, I do wish to give a trigger warning as it handles some heavy topics that may cause distress — grooming, sexual assault, sexual harassment, gaslighting, and drug and alcohol abuse. If you need clarification on any of this or are concerned about reading THE COMEBACK, please message me so we can talk.

THE COMEBACK was chosen as Jenna Hager’s August Book Club Pick and was also chosen by Book of the Month as one of their picks for this month! I am thrilled to see this book receiving the attention that it deserves. I highly recommend adding it to your reading list.

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