Thu, March 29, 2012

Take a Bow Elizabeth Eulberg Book Review

Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg book cover

Take a Bow
By Elizabeth Eulberg
Publication date: April 1, 2012
Point, 278 pages
Source: Gift from Sash and Em, who thoroughly rock
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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.

— 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.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Lenore Appelhans said:

    I totally know what you mean about certain books crossing over, and some not. Books which deal too much with the actual act of going to school usually don’t interest me much, though they may be perfect for the intended teen audience.

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  2. Bethany Myers said:

    This sounds like a great read for anyone who writes YA. It’s easy to forget how your brain worked as a teen. Great post.

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  3. Melanie said:

    Appreciate the heads up on this one. I’ll still likely give it a shot for the performing arts element.

    I feel the same way about a lot of books that deal with fitting in and the more mainstream struggles of adolescence–they have a lot to offer for teens, but I just want to yell at the characters.

    And as you said, that’s totally ok. The venn diagram of books for teens and books for adults should not be a circle 🙂

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  4. Sarah said:

    YES! I finished this book last week and I was so exasperated at the teens more than anything else. I found them all rather unrelatable to me. BUT that being said I know I can make this book fly off the shelves in my library so the teen appeal is totally there.

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  5. April Books & wine said:

    I’m not sure I would be into this book, then. Like, I am very much a ‘shake the person until they understand when they are being dumb’ sort of person. And thus I’d probably get anxiety while reading Take A Bow.

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  6. Magan @ Rather Be Reading said:

    I really liked this book .. maybe even *because* of the simplicity. I read a lot of heavier contemporary books (death, suicide, drugs/rehab, etc.) so it was nice to read about normalish kids who were just trying to figure out their lives. I definitely agree that if things had been figured out sooner for some of them, it wouldn’t have felt as authentic. It’s for sure a great book for teens (and anyone who enjoys performing arts schools…I loved that aspect).

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  7. Sash from Sash and Em said:

    Good thing I’m not *really* an adult. Just a kid pretending to be one. I’m trying to read this before I see Elizabeth this weekend! 🙂 xoxo

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  8. Shoeless said:

    Wandered here from LoveYALit. So glad I did! What a great blog!! I’ll definitely be back in the future!

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  9. Lori said:

    Hmmm…I think this sounds great, but I do get very inpatient with teenager-y books (if that makes sense lol). Especially if I can’t relate to the characters. I might just skip this one, but I did enjoy Prom & Prejudice. It was fun.

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  10. kay @ Infiniteshelf said:

    I know what you mean about some YA novels being really “teen” novels. Based on that, this might be one I’ll put on a “maybe” list. I enjoy those in smaller quantities, I’d say!

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