Monday, May 7, 2012

Review: Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Title: Take A Bow
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Hardcover: 228 Pages
Release Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Point
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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.
 I’ve had some very mixed feelings on books about performing arts high schools. And when I started reading this, I had my reservations. Why? Because it gives little clips freshman year, then cuts to senior year and I had the painful memory of Fame flashbacks. Fame, both the original and remake, were pretty terrible. HOWEVER, I had a lovely (and common) moment of my foot being forcibly shoved into my mouth.

There is DRAMA. There is A BAND. There is A HOT ACTOR BOY. There is JACK. There is A REDHEAD. There is a BROKEN BOY. There is UNREQUITED LOVE. And there is a SUPER MEGABITCH. Now, really, what more could you want?

Bouncing between four very different perspectives, we get a strangely well-rounded view of the world of the arts. The disillusioned and washed-up child actor, the highly-talented and no confidence musician, the highly-talented and thoroughly broken musician and the less-talented wannabe singer. It’s all of the highs, the lows, the pros and cons of the world and it is excellent. For someone who works in an art field, it’s so easy to be hyper-critical of the reality of it, but it was just the right amount real and hopeful. Especially Carter’s story.

And now to dedicate a paragraph to Jack cause I promised myself I would as I was reading. Jack is one of those secondary characters, who might be a secondary character, but the book would just not be the same without them. He starts off imaging crazy rock star lives for everyone and becomes one of the funniest and honest characters I’ve ever read. If Jack were real, I would work hard to be friends with him.

The best thing about this book is that it’s a Bullet Book, it took me just a few hours to read, but I was pulling my hair in anticipation as to how it was going to end. I seem to be one of the last people in my book friends group that hadn’t read an Elizabeth Eulberg book and now I can say that I will be going back and checking out her other books!

Lastly, if you have read this book and liked it or want more like it, I would also highly recommend Bunheads by Sophie Flack.

1 comment:

  1. Stepping Out of the PageMay 10, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Great review! I've actually read Bunheads and not this one, but I enjoyed it and so I think it would be worth it for me to pick this one up and give it a go. Really great, thank you! :)

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