Monday 4 February 2013

Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

From Goodreads: From the fantastic author of The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom & Prejudice comes a story of all the drama and comedy of four friends who grow into themselves at a performing arts high school.

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.

I really loved the sound of this one – it kind of reminded me of the TV series Fame which I was a massive fan of when I was younger. And having enjoyed Elizabeth Eulberg’s previous novels I was sure I was in for a fun read!

In Take a Bow we get four characters points of view: Carter, Sophie, Emme and Ethan. While I hated Sophie pretty much from the start I really enjoyed getting the other points of view.

I really liked Emme straight away – she’s very nice and just learning to stand up for herself. She doesn’t realise just how talented she is but progressively gets more confident as the story goes along. Ethan is awesome – the kind of nice but flawed character I love. He seems very good at messing things up! But I loved the way he is always there for Emme. How the whole band were there for each other – I loved Jack and Ben too!

Carter was also a really interesting character – someone who seems to have it all but actually wants something completely different. It was also refreshing to come across a character that didn’t particularly want fame – or have any delusions about his talent! I really enjoyed his story arch.

My favourite element was the love story and I’m pleased that Emme and Ethan are such good friends. I was a bit disappointed that Emme doesn’t really ‘go there’ in her POV but adored Ethan’s narration when talking about Emme. And of course, I loved the ending!

I really enjoying Elizabeth Eulberg’s writing and look forward to seeing what she writes next.


Michelle Fluttering Butterflies said...

I really like both the books by Elizabeth Eulberg that I've read. They're very fun and sweet. I look forward to reading this one soon!

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I really liked Carter-seeing him look for something new, something fulfilling was great and I loved that he didn't have a terrifying stage mom.

Hollie said...

I really want to read Take a Bow. It sounds like the kind of book I'd really enjoy. Great review!

Dazzling Mage said...

I've seen this book around, but didn't feel compelled to pick it up. Maybe I should.

Great review!


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