Take a Bow
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Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan all attend a performing arts school for different reasons. For Emme, it's a chance to take her song-writing to the next level; for Sophie, it's just a step in plan to super-stardom; for Carter, former-child-star, it's a way to experience normal high school while not abandoning his craft; and for Ethan, he's in it for the music, but will his self-sabotaging ways get in the way? Take a Bow follows the lives of these four students and their friends as they navigate life not only as teenagers, but as students of the performing arts.
Take a Bow is the first book I've read by Elizabeth Eulberg and it won't be my last! I was immediately sucked into the performing arts high school drama and I found this book to be a great way to fill my time waiting between seasons of Glee. While I've never attending a performing arts school, Take a Bow did seem pretty realistic overall. The drama within its pages could be found in any high school across America - best friends betraying each other, unrequited love, substance abuse, to name a few. I think Emme has to deal with an unfair amount of crap throughout the school year, but that was what made her character so captivating to me. I would love to have Emme as a friend in real life.
I was afraid that I wouldn't be able to keep these characters straight, but that turned out to not be a problem at all since they each had unique goals in life and personalities. Carter was also an interesting character because he's a former child-star and it was great to watch it grow throughout the novel to pursue his real dreams.
Three stars - I really enjoyed reading this book! Like I said, it won't be the last book by Eulberg that I read, both her other books sound really interesting to me, too. If your YA contemporary fan, definitely check this one out. It's like real life Glee in book form.