Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Publisher: Scholastic Point
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Source: ARC and Finished copy from publisher
About the Book: 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. (goodreads)My Thoughts: Oh man. So many things I love! A performing arts high school, NYC, multiple narrators, a band, and, of course, it's an Elizabeth Eulberg book. You know right there that I loved it!
Take a Bow focuses on the main characters during their senior year at performing arts school. However, the books starts off back when they were auditioning to get in as freshman. I really liked the way this set the story up. We have some insight to the characters and get to fill in the blanks as the story goes.
Emme, Sophie, Ethan and Carter alternate narrating the different chapters. It's a perfect example of why I love books with multiple narrators. We get to know how the characters view themselves and how others see them. This is especially important with a character like Sophie! I just love seeing the same situation from many different points of view.
Take a Bow was a treat to read. It deals with many of the issues that teens deal with in high school (not just performing arts school!) and still manages to be fun! I was totally impressed with the way Elizabeth Eulberg did that! If you like contemporary YA (or honestly, even if you don't!) I highly recommend you give this one a try! Bonus factor? MUSIC!
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Me and Elizabeth Eulberg