Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Take a Bow
written by Elizabeth Eulberg          
published by Scholastic, Inc. 

Why did I pick this book: I’ve read other book by this author – Prom and Prejudice, The Lonely Hearts Club – and really enjoyed them. I couldn’t wait to read this book. 

Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. It was lots of fun and a quick read. I read it every free chance I had and finished it in a day.

When I first started Take a Bow, I was worried that having four narrators would make the story difficult to follow. However, each narrator had such a distinct voice that is was not difficult to follow along. The four narrators are Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan – all freshman at the performing arts school. Each of these four characters were so well written that you wanted to care about them (or not care, as the situation warranted).

Emme was by far my favorite character. To me, she grew the most through her 4 years at the school and she turned into such a great young lady. I loved her from the very beginning of the book and rooted for her until the very end. On the other hand, Sophie was my least favorite character. She was a user and only out for herself. She was one of those people that as long as things benefit her, that is all that matters. I was happy with her ending. I wasn’t sure about Carter and Ethan in the beginning but I grew to really like each of them in their own way by the end of the book.

I would really love a sequel to Take a Bow. I want to know what happens to each of these four characters – and some of the secondary characters – when they pursue life after high school. Even a book about their 15 year class reunion or a senior showcase at some point down the road would be awesome! What do you say, Ms. Eulberg???

Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was another great, clean YA read that was fun and quick. 

Will I read it again: I may someday in the distant future but it isn’t a read every year type of book for me. 

About the book – from the publisher: 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.

Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!


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