Book Review: The Comeback by Ella Berman

The Comeback by Ella Berman

383 pages

ISBN: 9780593099513

Published: 8/3/20 by Berkley

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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383 pages

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 who controlled her every move for eight years—she knows there’s only one way she’ll be free of the secret that’s already taken so much from her.

The Comeback is a powerful and provocative story of justice in the #MeToo era—a true page-turner about a young woman finding the strength and power of her voice.

Review:

Trigger warnings: Eating disorder, cheating, gaslighting, sexual harassment of a minor, verbal/emotional abuse, terrible family relationships, drug abuse, alcoholism, suicidal attempts,

Three stars is not a bad rating. This was very much a page-turner for me, but there were some things that held it back from being a four or five.

This is clearly a sensitive topic to discuss and review; I never want to say the wrong thing and offend someone.

However, this is supposed to be a deep dive into Grace Turner’s psyche after being sexually harassed by her movie director, Able. It does dive into all her thoughts as the story progresses and she runs into familiar friends, lovers, and enemies. I just didn’t think it went deep enough. It stayed up toward the surface. It just repeated the same thoughts over and over again, and I found myself sighing every time the same thought appeared. I understand the reasoning, but for 380 pages, I want something more. The problem is that I can’t tell you what I wanted exactly.

I’m obviously not part of Hollywood, but I can imagine that the picture Berman paints in this novel is accurate. There’s so much toxicity—secrets that are left unsaid because of reputation, fake friendships, blackmailing, etc.

I also expected a harsher revenge novel. I thought the choices Grace made were unlikely and not exciting. The end of some chapters made me think that something incredible was around the corner. *womp, womp, woooooomp*

The ending also didn’t make me feel much of anything. It ended quite quickly for everything that went on throughout the story. Problems were resolved so easily, not that they all ended happily.

I very much enjoyed the writing style. It’s very easy to understand. I’m interested in reading more from Berman in the future. Would I recommend it? If you’re okay with the topic at hand, then I would probably recommend it. There’s a lot of story to get through, but I’ve seen quite a few people enjoy it more than me.


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