Publication Date: April 1, 2012Review: I'm still not very sure what I thought of this book. It was definitely emotional and interesting, but it didn't exactly blow me away. Contemporaries rarely do.
Page Count: 278
Synopsis: 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.
As usual, it was the characters that made this book only lukewarm to me. These characters had flaws. Now, I know all characters have flaws, and sometimes, that's what makes them admirable, but these particular flaws completely eclipsed all of the other characteristics. Emme was a nice girl, but her ignorance was *headdesk*-worthy. Sophie was just an awful person. She was self-absorbed, annoying, and a back-stabber. I'm so glad that there weren't many chapters in her perspective because I could not stand her. Ethan and Carter, I didn't mind as much. Especially Carter. He was my favorite.
For a book that switched through four people's point of views, Elizabeth Eulberg tackled that aspect very well. I wasn't ever confused as to which character's mind I was in, which was a good thing. I also liked how Elizabeth Eulberg wrapped this book up in a lovely way. The good people got their rewards, and the bad people got what they deserved. I just wish Sophie realized what a complete jerk she is.
I loved the concept of this book. Performing arts schools have always seemed so cool to me. And the artistic talent that these characters had made me envious! Each character had many problems and bumps along the way to truly discovering themselves.
I would definitely recommend Take a Bow to fans of contemporary, drama and music-related books. It's a refreshing and inspiring story of teenagers finding who they are and what they want. The characters sometimes drove me up the wall, but overall, Take a Bow was a nice story.