Thursday, August 30, 2012

Book Review: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Title: Take a Bow
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg 
Number of Pages: 278
Published: April 1st 2012 by Point
Source: Library
Genre: Contemporary
Reading Level: YA
Star Rating: ★★★
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.


Young adult Contemporary novels are huge right now and I myself have developed a love for this genre of books. Take a Bow is a prime example of why I love contemporary. I feel in love with the book right from the beginning. The story is told from 4 different points of view and while I have not been a big fan of these types of books; Take a Bow was just perfect to a tee. The author did a wonderful job with melding the four character's stories together. Sophie, Emme, Ethan, and Carter each had there own unique and enriching tale to tell. I found myself wanting to keep reading more and more so I may find out what happen next.  

Emme is a songwriter and writes many songs for her best friend Sophie to sing. She is too shy and scared to be up in the spotlight for herself. 


Sophie wants nothing more than to be a STAR with a capital S! She will do anything to climb to the top even if that means using her BFF Emme in the process.


Ethan is part of a band called Teenage Kicks and his teammates are Emme, Jack, and Ben.  He also is a songwriter and singer.  Ethan's one flaw is not speaking what he feels in his heart.


Carter is a child star and best known for his role is the movie Kavalier Kids. He is currently dating Sophie and is keeping a secret. He loves art and painting. 


They are have one thing is common. They go to an elite school called New York High School for the Creative and Preforming Arts. Each on them are on a separate journey to find their way in the world. 


Take a Bow is full of physical and emotional trials and tribulations. I love that each character grew and learned from events that took pace in the story. They helped each other to find happiness, to take chances and even stand up for what they believe in. Elizabeth's writing is smooth, and rich with emotion. I dare say take a bow was one of the best young adult contemporary I have read this year. This is my first book read by the author and I will be definitely read all of her work. 


A 5 ★★★ masterpiece, Take a Bow is in a spotlight of it's own!


2 comments :

  1. Great review. I really liked the book.

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  2. Great review. on my wishlist. contemp rocks

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