Review: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

11979900Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg
Published by: Point
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 278
Rating: 4
Date Read: 19/05/2014

Chasing fame.

Chasing love.

Chasing a future.

Emme has long lived in her best friend Sophie’s shadow. She writes songs, and Sophie sings them. It’s always been like this, and feels like it always will be.

Sophie will stop at nothing to be a star. Even if it means using her best friend and picking up a trophy boyfriend, Carter.

Carter is a victim of a particular Hollywood curse: He’s a former child star. Now all he wants is a normal life. But being normal is about as hard for him as being famous.

Ethan has his own issues – a darkness in his head that he just can’t shake. He’s managed to sabotage every relationship he’s ever been in. Emme’s the only girl he’s ever really respected… but he’s not sure what to do about that.

Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan are all students at a performing arts school, where talent is the norm and fame is the goal. But sometimes, being in the spotlight isn’t as important as the people you’re sharing it with – as the four of them are going to find out in Elizabeth Eulberg’s excellent new novel, which is about the auditions life puts us through every day, both big and small.

Take a Bow is told through four alternating perspectives, which I originally thought would be confusing, but it works for this book! The four teens are so different, both in personalities and aspirations, but their stories are weaved together perfectly. Each of them are real and imperfect and relatable. I was surprised by how quickly I became attached to all of them, and how invested I became in rooting for them to reach their dreams.

Beautifully written and full of heart, Take a Bow is a book that will bring a smile to your face and make you want to pursue your craziest dream. I’d recommend it to all wholeheartedly!

The characters were defined, clear-cut and more than anything, believable. It’s about music, beautiful and mellifluous; it’s about friendships, those that shatter and those that bloom; it’s about love, inconstant and heartwarming; and it’s about life, its mountain-peak highs and rock-bottom lows.

I really liked Eulberg’s writing in this. It wasn’t necessarily overly eloquent or descriptive, but it was sweet and really fit the characters.

Normally when reading a book with multiple POVs the concern is that sometimes all the different POVs blends together. Not with Take a Bow. Each POV has a distinct and personable feel to it, and you can immediately tell who is narrating without even needing to check the chapter headers.

As for the characters, I really liked the development Eulberg put into each of them. They’re all distinct and unique and have their own personalities and motives.

Emme is – essentially – the main character of the story. She’s been composing songs for her best friend Sophie for as long as she can remember, letting Sophie sing them; and she’s content being out of the spotlight. But now she realizes she may just have a hidden talent ready to shine.

Sophie is a talented singer whose goal is to become famous. But what if that plan doesn’t quite work out? Who would she be then?

Carter is a former child actor with a secret: he doesn’t like acting anymore. He wants to be an artist. But is he able to put people’s expectations of him aside to follow his dream?

Ethan has liked Emme ever since he first met her. But is there any way he could get her to see he’s more than just a fellow band member?

All in all, Elizabeth Eulberg has concocted a spellbinding novel, and I found myself absolutely loving every aspect of it. If you’re a fan of contemporary and/or performing arts novels, this is definitely something I would recommend.

“Whoever said that people don’t change was full of it. That or they never had a friend who wanted to be famous.”

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