Take a Bow
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Published: April 1, 2012
Rating: 5 Birds
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.
Maybe I’m a little bit bias when it comes to Elizabeth Eulberg’s writing…because so far, I’ve loved all of her books. This was no different as I was quickly drawn in with the characters stories, and the plot of the entire book. With the opening of the book giving a short insight to the characters and what thoughts they had for auditions for freshman year at a performing arts high school, it automatically brought me back to what it was like going in to choir and being the small fish in the big pond.
Sophie – the biggest competition to singers, or so she thinks, was probably the easiest “bully” to follow. It’s not to say you see it right at the get go, but she quickly develops into the person that you pretty much love to hate! And boy did I love to hate her. The biggest reason was that she was so relatable to that enemy I always had when it came to choir in high school! So it was easy to follow her and realize just where the story was taking her.
Eulberg’s use of a “teen band” was pretty much amazing from the get-go. All the little quips of a band that starts at a young age were things she managed to include – from the “story-telling” of their fates, to the actual story of them as a band. Even though the story was really all about Ethan and Emme (for the band), the other members were the little comic relief points throughout the story!
Carter truly started out as my least favorite character, even over Sophie…but I quickly grew to love him as he discovered so much about himself. Child actor turned student – so what does he really want out of life, and how much can he possibly discover after being put on display for most of his life? Oh wouldn’t you like to know!
And with Emme and Ethan – both of them were such strong characters that I couldn’t help but wonder what they would do next. Emme had the full innocent and weak girl thing about her with the beginning of the story, but she blossomed into one of the strongest people by the time the book was over. Watching her struggles and seeing her overcome boundaries (other people, and herself) was somewhat enlightening. With Ethan by her side, doing much of the same, I got to see someone chipping away at their own tough exterior and letting go.
In the end of it all, it was a great story that honestly held a lot of depth and emotion. I absolutely loved it, and loved getting to follow each of these characters on their journey through senior year.
Oh, and because I went to one of the “release” parties, here’s me with author Elizabeth Eulberg:
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