Friday, March 30, 2012

Review: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Point (April 1, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0545334748
ISBN-13: 978-0545334747
Received From: Friend

                        5 Butterflies

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.

My Thoughts:

I have read and adored both of Elizabeth Eulberg's other books, The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice.  I was beyond excited to get my hands on another book by Eulberg and dive in.  I was not disappointed.  I devoured the entire thing in just a few short hours.  I could not put it down.  

I loved how each chapter would switch point of view between each of the main characters.  We got both two very different girls, and two very different guys, as our narrators throughout the book, and it just made for such a rich and amazing story.  All these kids are going to the same school, with what you would imagine would be the same goal that they are striving so hard to achieve, but it such different personalities and roads that lead them there.  The way all their lives intertwine was just done so beautifully as well.

The love story in Take a Bow has to be my favorite part.  We are for sure not talking about insta-love here people.  This is one great tale of friends, and struggles, and really deciding where your heart lies.  I adored the relationships in this book.  The four members in the band were such great characters, and the bits that they did where one would predict the rise and ultimate demise of their band was so funny!

Take a Bow was an emotional, heartfelt story of a group of kids trying to find their way to who they really are.  If you are a fan of contemporary or music this is one you will not want to miss!!  I just can't put into words how much I loved Take a Bow, but I will say that if you are going to read a contemporary book this year, let it be this one!
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  1. I can't wait to read this!! I still need to read The Lonely Hearts Club too. I'm happy to hear that you loved it so much. :)

  2. I love long friendships that develop into something more.

  3. Sounds amazing! I cant wait to read it! I loved both her others as well. :)

  4. I am so excited to read this! I have loved the previous Eulberg novels and everything I've read about this makes it sound exactly like the kind of book I will love.

  5. I think I might have to read this one. I have read one of her other books and thought it was good but a little bit of fluff was to that book so I hope this one is more emotional.

    Thanks for the great review, glad you loved this one.


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