Comeback: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back

Comeback: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back

How does an honor student at one of Los Angeles's finest prep schools--a nice girl from a happy, loving home--trade school uniforms and afternoons at the mall for speedballs in the back of a truck in rural Indiana? How does her devoted mother emerge from the shock of finding that her daughter has not only disappeared but had been living a secret life for more than a year? How does an honor student at one of Los Angeles's finest prep schools--a nice girl from a happy, loving home--trade school...

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Title:Comeback: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back
Author:Claire Fontaine
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Genres:Autobiography
ISBN:Come Back: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:311 pages pages

Comeback: A Mother and Daughter's Journey Through Hell and Back Reviews

  • K
    Jun 16, 2008
    Whoa -- this book was intense. I knew that going in, and wouldn't normally have chosen it (I stayed away from "Hannah's Gift" despite numerous recommendations from friends, because I can't handle reading about topics like the death of a child), contrary to the ribbing of my friends and...
  • Lynn
    Jul 12, 2007
    It was a really good story, but sometimes hard to follow... the author runs 2 side by side stories... and sometimes one was so long that I would forget what was happening with the other. I didn't really like the ending. ...
  • Ellen
    Mar 24, 2009
    Why do I keep reading memoirs? Because I keep hoping that people write them because they feel their life has something in common with the rest of us. Not to find out that a book is written by a spoiled "poor little rich mom" who becomes an armchair psychologist and can't stop sp...
  • Andrea kane
    Jul 23, 2007
    I am currently reading this book as well as A Thousand Splendid Suns. I really like Come Back. It is the true story of and honor student, Mia, who becomes a drug addict. She and her mom, Claire, who is a screenwriter. They have a very close mother/daughter bond, but something goes terr...
  • Rhonda
    Jul 25, 2009
    Mia is sexually abused at a very early age by her father, and this story is her struggle to deal with the emotional damage she suffers in her teenage years as a result of this terrible trauma. Mia goes from a very good student to a runaway druggie...in reality she had been using drugs ...
  • Leslie
    Aug 27, 2007
    It is a great story, especially sense its true. Although at times it is hard to follow... kind of wordy when the mother talks. Otherwise I loved it. Just found myself wanting to read the parts the daughter wrote more. ...
  • Nina
    Aug 30, 2007
    this is a memior of sorts. a mother daughter journey and all the things a mother will do to save her child. mia was sexually abused, turns to drugs as a teenager, and runs away. the story is told from both points of view, which makes it interesting and can appeal to both demographics. ...
  • Elyssa
    Nov 13, 2007
    I read this book because it was assigned to the graduate students I supervise as part of their internship experience. Co-written by mother and daughter Claire and Mia Fontaine, it's the story of their simultaneous recovery. It begins with Mia as an adolescent, starting to act out (...
  • Blythe
    Jun 27, 2008
    I enjoyed this book and read it really quickly, though it wasn't quite what I expected. It quickly devolves into a soft sell of self-help group (read, Landmark Education) "technology," which I am highly suspicious of. Also suspicious of the daughter's diary entries, which read a bit to...
  • Sera
    Sep 02, 2008
    For my GR friends who know me, you know how much that I enjoy reading bios/memoirs. I love human triumph in the face of adversity, and like history, I find many insights that I can apply to my own life from the reflection of others' experiences. This book has plenty of both of these th...
  • Rhonda Rae Baker
    Feb 17, 2009
    This is an awesome story about unconditional love between a mother and her child. It applies to mothers and fathers as well as daughters and sons. The story tells not only what happened to them but how they got there and what they did to climb out of the pit of hell. I learned many ...
  • Jody  Julian
    Sep 14, 2012
    I read this book in big gulps and didn't want to set it down. So why the poor rating? I mean,this was the kind of page turner that I read while eating meals and forfeiting many hours of sleep.It's a frenzied tale written by both the terrified mom, Claire Fontaine- who goes to any leng...
  • Beth
    Oct 08, 2009
    This book, in a brutally and honest way, tells the story of how a severed relationship between mother and daughter can be mended. As a teenager Mia turns to drugs and eventually runs away. We learn the reason for her addiction and incomprehensible behavior is due to the sexual abuse sh...
  • Sarah
    Jun 23, 2011
    Powerful memoir of a mother and daughter who struggle to fix their lives and their relationship. Mother and daughter co-author the book. Daughter's part is in italics and mother's part is regular print, so it's easy to follow. After running away from home multiple times, the daughte...
  • Mom
    Apr 08, 2008
    a VERY powerful story of a daughter's battle through addiction and her mother's struggle to keep her safe and get her into an effective treatment program. ...
  • Ellyn
    Nov 12, 2009
    This memoir, co-written by a mother (Claire) and her daughter (Mia), tells the story of Mia's fall into drugs and street life as a teen, precipitated by the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her father as a young child. The majority of the book is about Mia's slow and difficult...
  • Caitlin
    Sep 27, 2010
    I wasn't expecting to like this book as much as I did, but I found the psychology of abuse and drug addiction and the dynamic between a single mother and her daughter fascinating. The story jumps back and forth between the mother's story and then the daughter will jump in with her pers...
  • VegasGal
    Aug 12, 2008
    Very well written memoir from the mother of a daughter who was an addict. There was a touching bond between daughter and mother that really made this book flow and kept me interested and wanting more, 'til the very end. ...
  • JoAnn/QuAppelle
    Aug 10, 2009
    Claire and Mia Fontaine have done a masterful job of showing what happens inside a reprogramming center for out-of-control teens....mostly teens on drugs who have been "committed" to these facilities by their parents, who have reached the end of their rope, so to speak. Since this ...
  • Wendi
    Mar 15, 2011
    I am surprised to say I actually kind of loved this book. "A mother and daughter's journey through hell and back" doesn't really sound like the kind of book I would normally read or enjoy. But when I slapped the cover closed after reading the last page, I took a deep sigh, counted my b...
  • Suzanne
    Jun 25, 2012
    I appreciate all that Claire and Mia Fontaine went through, and I almost hate to not write a good review of this book, but I am reviewing the book, not the people. I found the book to be basically what felt like an ad for a recovery program for teens (and parallel programs for the pare...
  • Yasmin
    Dec 29, 2008
    I am not one usually to read non-fiction, but this mother-daughter story "through hell and back" was a fantastic read. ...
  • Keri
    Feb 22, 2011
    Why did I pick up this book? I seem to be drawn to books about mother/daughter relationships - good and bad. I'm thinking it has to do alot with losing Whitney. Sometimes I feel like was such a bad Mother and I go down that road of 'if I only did this'. A few lines that stuck to me: Wh...
  • Grace
    May 27, 2010
    Mother and daughter tell their parallel stories in mesmerizing first?person accounts. Claire Fontaine's story is a parent's worst nightmare, a cautionary tale chronicling her daughter Mia's drug-fueled manipulation of everyone around her as she sought refuge in the seedy underworld o...
  • Amy Plum
    Jun 22, 2010
    I read this book after chatting with the author (Claire) by email. It was a gut-wrenching story for a mother to read. I can't imagine going through what she and her daughter experienced. Though it's non-fiction, it's definitely a page turner, with the reader crossing fingers, toes, and...
  • Marie desJardins
    Oct 03, 2010
    At first I found myself liking this book less and less -- it starts off with a story we've heard before -- "my perfect daughter one day up and ran away from home." But it quickly becomes obvious that the utter shock that the mother (Claire Fontaine) feels when she finds her daughter (c...
  • Courtney
    Mar 24, 2012
    This book left me not only disturbed, but also angry. I felt the mother, Claire, made some stunningly bad judgment calls - namely staying with a man she suspected might one day sexually abuse their daughter, Mia, which he did. Claire's reasoning was that he surely wouldn't abuse Mia as...
  • Joy
    Oct 31, 2011
    An excellent, touching book on mother-daughter bond. I find myself wanting to read the parts the daughter wrote.In this book I've learned that you have to face your fears, face the reality even if it hurts so that you can accept the things that you can never change, so that you can for...
  • Kate Hansen
    Jul 30, 2011
    Excellent! Compelling, heartbreaking and amazing; I had such a hard time putting this book down but at the same time the level of emotion made it so hard to read! I read it with the heart of a mother... imagining how hard it would be to watch one of my kids suffer through the abuse and...
  • Jana Singley
    Nov 05, 2017
    The book "Comeback", by Claire and Mia Fontaine was a very special and eye-opening book. This book was a story written by a mother and daughter, talking about how they each felt while going through a very difficult time. The daughter Mia, a smart, and beautiful girl goes from having go...