Release: April 1, 2012
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.
The first thing that struck me when I began reading Take a Bow was the characters, whom Eulberg did a wonderful job bringing to life. Richly developed, complex and unique, the four protagonists truly seemed like real people that I got to know better and better as the story progressed. Even though her life is completely different from mine, I had no problem connecting to Emme, and Sophia was one of the most fascinating characters that I have read about recently. Because they have the same worries about their future and the same struggles with relationships, anyone will be able to relate to them, even if he or she has never experienced the competitive nature of a performing arts school.
However, what stuck with me the most after turning the final page was the plot, which was different from many other performing arts school books. Instead of one performance being the single most important moment of the plot, Take a Bow featured a series of events that, when strung together like a row of stage lights, formed the senior year of four fabulous students at CPA. The events leading up to the big concerts are just as important to the story as the performance itself.
While this book may not be a suspenseful thriller, there were still many things (read: uncertainty about Emme's friendships with Ethan and Sophie) that kept me turning the pages, needing to know how everything worked out in the end. The plot starts up right away and immediately grabs you; from that point on, you won't be able to put the book down.
Elizabeth Eulberg has written yet another fun, fantastic contemporary with amazing characters. Take a Bow is a must-read for all fans of chick lit!