Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
Posted by Caitie F on April 10, 2012
Summery from goodreads:
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.
I loved Elizabeth Eulberg’s first two books because the characters feel so real and strong, and once I found out that her next book was taking place in a performing arts high school…I knew I needed to read it!
It is another masterpiece. There are awesome characters, realistic situations, and just so much awesome going on in this book! First of all – the awesome. Two of the four characters are seriously into music composition. So they have a band. And they write songs, one of which there are lyrics to – and they are good! As someone who was really into music all through high school, it was fun to see how the best of the best would act and work together – and it felt real. The same could be said about the diva drama. It was annoying, but fun and dramatic!
There are four main characters, but the real main character of this book is Emme (as much as Sophie would hate that!). She is very awesome. She is smart, nice, and completely talented. She always helps others, and learns that it is also okay to help herself. Her romance story lines were not only fun to read, but yet again, Eulberg writes a realistic romance that young women see all the time. The dialogue throughout feels like teenagers are talking.
Sophie is…well she is a diva and she thinks she is at the top…no matter what. She will do anything to succeed, no matter who she has to push down or hurt to get there. She is not nice. At all. Which makes her fun. I read her chapters wishing someone would finally tell her off. Yet at the same time, there are plenty of people like her and I am sure a lot of them are in performing arts schools.
I loved reading Carter’s story and point of view not because he was a child star, but because he was trying to figure out who he was. That is something that so many young adults can relate to and Eulberg told that story in a unique way. He also transitioned from seeing his mom as an adversary and his mom to seeing her as who she is. That is something that many seniors in high school see for the first time and it felt like a genuine revelation.
Ethan…was the one character that I couldn’t connect with personally, but I knew guys like him, especially artsy guys. Self-sabotage happens all the time for all sorts of reasons. It was hard to watch him do things that were bad for him again and again, especially since he was actually a really good guy underneath. That just made him all the more realistic.
If you are looking for another wonderful YA book that can appeal to all ages and is full of realistic characters in great stories you really really need to read this book. Elizabeth Eulberg is one of the best authors writing today. Do yourself a favor and read one of her books!