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.com description
I very thoroughly enjoy Elizabeth Eulberg — after Prom & Prejudice, I put her on my must-read list. If you are a Darcy freak like me, read it! Such a fun read. (Check out my review here.)
So let me start by saying this: Take a Bow is a 100% teen novel.
What do I mean by that? It means that a lot of YA is very adult in subject matter and for multiple reasons has a lot of adult appeal. But this is a book for teenagers, through and through.
I don’t mean that to sound like a bad thing. I’m trying to say “I didn’t relate to this book” but acknowledge that I’m not really meant to, am I?
I had a crankypants adult voice shouting in the back of my head for much of the book. Like, really LECTURING at the characters in my head.
But the lectures were on lessons I learned the hard way through the years and buckets of tears, and I can’t expect teenager characters to just – BLAMMO! – learn it overnight, can I?
So ignore my lame grownupness and give Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg a go, especially if you’re in high school, because the subject matter of friends and relationships and fitting in and growing up are BEYOND well done and relevant. Plus, it’s told from the point-of-view of four intriguing and very different teens at a performing arts school. Glee fans — Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg one is likely for you!
Just…adults, be warned, it might not be for you. And that’s okay.