Take a Bow
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Challenges: Completely Contemp Challenge
Rating: 5 stars
Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it’s been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn’t sure how to admit that he’d rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform.
Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg has been one of those books I have been excited about since the first day I heard about it. I have been acting, singing, and dancing for essentially as long as I can remember, so everything about Take a Bow was one of those books I just couldn’t wait for. Take a Bow was every bit as magical as I was hoping for. Elizabeth Eulberg has written another masterpiece, and I cannot wait to see what is next for her.
I love any books dealing with performing and music, but it was really neat how Elizabeth Eulberg incorporated four different points of views. That brought the story to another level, since I just love any book that does multiple point of views well. Following the stories of four teens at a performing arts school is about as cool of a story as one can get, and I loved following the drama and the ups and downs of their every day life.
Elizabeth Eulberg has an almost musical quality about her writing – it is just beautiful. I was instantly drawn in to the story – I could scarcely put it down. Take a Bow was one of those books that I carried with me everywhere, and finished it in one day. It’s that good.
Elizabeth Eulberg nailed all the characters. I have known way too many Sophie’s in my life, so it was really interesting to get inside her head. I just loved the rest of the characters. Ethan, Carter, Jack, and Ben were too awesome. They were some of the best friends you could ever ask for. Emme was such a well written character and was a character who I think everyone can relate to in some way. Emme has a lot of insecurities and I found myself relating to her a lot. And Ethan – I could not get enough of his point of view.
I just had no words upon finishing this one. I loved Take a Bow even more than Prom and Prejudice, which is saying a lot. Elizabeth Eulberg is one of those authors who I’m pretty sure who can write anything and it will be awesome. I was completely entranced by Take a Bow from page one, and was sad to have finished, as I know that means waiting another year for another Elizabeth Eulberg book. Take a Bow is one of the best books of the year, and one you will be sad to miss.