Book/Author: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher/Year: Point – April 1, 2012
Genre: Young Adult – Contemporary
Other Books From The Author: Prom & Prejudice, The Lonely Heart’s Club
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Disclosure: I purchased this book with my own cash money.
Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg follows the lives of four talented musicians as they face the pressures of their senior year at their uber competitive performing arts high school. Senior Showcase, college applications & auditions, pasts that won’t go away, confusing relationships, dissolving friendships…Emme, Sophie, Carter & Ethan experience it all.
I have this love/hate relationship with books that have more than two perspectives. It has to be done right for me. Sometimes characters really fade into the background or fold into each other or don’t tie in well together at all. Take A Bow didn’t suffer from any of those things. Each character and their perspective were developed and whole and I found myself so connected with these characters and their journeys. There was something so relatable to me with each one of these characters — their flaws, their triumphs, their naivety, their growth. Even Sophie, who was my least favorite character, jumped off the pages for me. I loved that each perspective just catapulted me into this competitive and cutthroat world of theirs where I could feel mounting pressures and the passion behind it all. The best part of all — the perspectives we gained of each character through the eyes of each other.
The standout characters, combined with Eulberg’s magnificent storytelling abilities, make this one that I honestly couldn’t put down. I was so absorbed in the stories and wanting to see how each conflict in the story would be resolved that this was a quick read! It was that cute, quick read that I needed in between some pretty heavy novels but I’d be remiss if I let you think that’s all it was. It was such a heartwarming story with humorous scenes & fabulous secondary characters.
The only thing, for me, it was one of those times as a 26 year old woman this book felt a little too young for me. I don’t know what that’s all about since I read tons and tons of YA and even the occasional middle grade book but it definitely just felt younger than most of the YA I read. Maybe it’s that the perspectives were THAT spot on or maybe, as a friend who shared the same gripe suggested, that the prologue of the book started off with them as high school freshman and it kind of throws you off and makes it seem younger. Not sure but had to be honest here.
My Final Thought: Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg charmed the pants off me! It was such a quick and delightful read with characters and storytelling that just draw you in. It, for me, was a cute, lighter book (but not fluff!) that was exactly what I needed between some of the angsty reads or dystopian worlds I’d been reading about.
You May Also Like: Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez — if it’s the musical aspect you crave!
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