Saturday, September 1, 2012

Book Review: Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Title: Take A Bow
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook
Publisher: Scholastic
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 278
Add it: Goodreads | Shelfari
Buy it: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Summary 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 that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform.

I was really excited to start this book because of the tweets I got saying how great of a read it was and because I've had this on my tbr list for far too long. In the beginning, the change of character's point of view was somewhat confusing and I felt a tad lost but due to Elizabeth's writing style, I soon found myself following the story and characters. I adore the cover; how the light is shining down on the girl and the colorful lights at the very top making it look like a fun, light read yet it was nothing like that. Yes, it was short and a quick read but it packed quite a punch in its pages and had more depth than I expected. Take A Bow is definitely not a book I regret picking up.
Take A Bow is a novel told from the perspective of four very talented seniors who attend a performing arts center name CPA. Emme was one of the characters who's perspective the book was told from. She's a shy, smart, and very talented girl that hides behind her best friend, Sophie who is the opposite of her. She was a girl who loved attention and the lights. She also had a boyfriend named Carter, who was also a character who's perspective you can read from. Carter is a guy who secretly disliked acting but had a love for art. Finally, there's Ethan who's best friends with Emme and sees right through Sophie's façade. I really enjoyed reading and seeing all the characters develop into either someone better or in one of the character's case, for the worst. 
The romance in Take A Bow was plain adorable! I really enjoyed how how the relationships all developed over time and how realistic everything was. Yeah, it was a bit cliche but honestly.. what romance in books isn't?
really, really liked Take A Bow's ending. It was perfect yet so realistic! A lot of people grow up during high school but not all of them for the better. I think this ending shows just that which is why I enjoyed it so much. Elizabeth's writing is captivating and simple but it conjures up such a realistic and interesting story!
I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a novel with good romance and great characters that also has depth to it.
First Sentence:
"My life has been one big audition."
"Appearances can be deceiving." -Page 29 
Other Cover:

1 comment:

  1. Take A Bow sounds really good! I've seen the cover before but have never heard anything about it other than the synopsis. I think Carter would be my favorite character, I'm love all things art-related.

    Awesome review!