Take a Bow

Take a Bow

by Elizabeth Eulberg

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545463478
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 727 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college in Syracuse and making a career in the New York City book biz. She is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom and Prejudice, and Take a Bow, as well as Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality. You can find her on the Web at www.elizabetheulberg.com.

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Take a Bow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was really good! I read it in 2 days! Love the plot and everything that goes on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an amazing book! The whole time i was hating Sophie for the way she treats emme, laughing at Ben and Jack, yelling at Ethan just to tell emme he loved her, routing on Carter to what he wants not just what others want him to do, and also feeling sorry for Emme because she cant understand that Ethan loves her amd that Sophie is just plain old rude to her! I got this book at my schools book fair and I wasnt even sure I wanted it. When I finished it today I knew i made the right choice buying this book and I highly highly recommemd it( yes i know I said highly twice thats how much I think you should get it.) I finished it in about a week or 2. You should totally get this book! Do it now!!!!!
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Emme's never been comfortable in the spotlight. Not that she has to be as a song writer. She's fine writing songs and having her best friend Sophie sing them while Emme stays in the background. Except Sophie might not be the friend Emme thought she was. And being in the background might not be enough to get Emme what she wants anymore. Sophie knows she is destined to be a star. Sure, her path to stardom hasn't gone exactly to plan since she arrived at the New York City High School of the Creative and Performing Arts. But senior year is just starting and she still has time to make a statement. If that means exploiting her best friend Emme and riding on her trophy boyfriend Carter's famous coattails, so be it. Carter has been playing parts for his entire life. Next It actor. Former Child Star. Soap Opera Actor. Big Ticket Attraction at CPA school performances. Now that senior year is here Carter realizes it might be time to stop acting and start living. Even if he isn't totally sure where that road will lead. Ethan never worries about performances or auditions. Music is the one thing Ethan knows he is good at even when he manages to ruin everything else--especially relationships. Ethan knows having Emme as a friend makes him a better person. He knows he needs her in his life. What he doesn't know is how to convince Emme that she needs him. With their time at CPA coming to an end Emme, Sophie, Carter and Ethan are all looking to leave their mark--or at least find there way. At a school where everyone is talented and everyone wants to be famous, these four are going to find out exactly what it takes to shine in Take a Bow (2012) by Elizabeth Eulberg. Take a Bow is Eulberg's third novel and perhaps her most ambitious to date. It is also possibly my favorite so far. This novel has four first person narrators. Chapters rotate between Emme, Sophie, Carter and Ethan throughout the novel with Emme and Ethan taking up the bulk of the chapters as the plot progresses. With a variety of voices and techniques (Carter's chapters read like scenes written in a screenplay) Eulberg expertly juggles all four characters making sure they each stand out. Set in a specialized New York City high school, Eulberg captures the unique stress and frenzy of both getting into and staying in a competitive high school. Being grounded in the school and New York City, Eulberg also writes a well-rounded look at the work and passion it takes to be a performer. Sophie's desperation is especially palpable and sympathetic even when she is at her worst. Really, though, the star of the book is Emme. Having her narration and also seeing how the other characters perceive her, Eulberg does a phenomenal job showing Emme's transformation as she moves from the background to the spotlight.While all of the characters ring true, Emme will strike a chord with anyone who is waiting for (or has already found) the way to be the star of their own life. Her fears and hang ups are believable as is her shift as she realizes it's time to make a change. One of the best things about Take a Bow is how aptly Eulberg focuses on the changing friendships of the characters going through the full spectrum from toxic friendships that inevitably fall apart to relationships that can survive anything. While there is a romantic aspect to the story it's really the friendships between all of the characters that make the story stand out.
lovepassionbooks More than 1 year ago
I received this book at NCTE this past year. I had so much fun. I meant some really great authors and some really great people! I am currently thinking about going again this year in VEGAS but we shall see because I just recently bought a house. :) The book is about a group of friends that go a high school that focuses on music and creative arts. They have to audition every semester to stay in the school. It is very difficult to just go and apply, and then attend this high school. Now Emme doesn't think that she is good enough to attend the high school because all she wants to do is write the music, not sing it. On her first day of school is meets the group of guys that are going to be her best friends all through high school. They are going to be there until the end. I think that this aspect of the book made me really love it. You usually read about the girl that has the best girl friend and they are together through the whole book. It made the book more interesting to know that she was having conversation with boys that looked at her as one of the guys instead of a girl that they want to be with. But you need to understand that this is not a normal high school. Everyone is out to get each other. They all want to be on top. But one thing will keep them all close, the fact that they are really close friends. If you want a great easy read about a group of friends that stick together until the end, this book is defiantly for you. I really liked this book. It was different and that kept my interest. Elizabeth did such a great job with this book. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone that loves the music world, yet also loves the book world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is now my new favorite book!!!!! :)
EverAfterEsther More than 1 year ago
Although I had heard some really great things about this book from other bloggers and friends, I still didn't know very much about it (to the point where I really didn't even read the description) so I had no idea what to expect when I started reading Take a Bow. At first, I was hesitant that a book with 4 perspectives of different characters could be succinct and poignant rather than confusing and convoluted. But I was wrong- the lives of these 4 teens are so intertwined that it's fascinating to watch their stories unfold together, as told from POVs from each of them. Reasons to Read: 1.A story about growth and those pesky highschool years: For such a relatively short book, Take a Bow takes place over a rather extended period of time. The book takes place during their senior year of highschool, but includes a number of flashbacks to explain their relationships to one another and personal backgrounds. This is something I often find hard to do in YA books, because I've read so many that tried and just weren't able to keep me from feeling bogged down and confused in past history that I don't understand and characters I can't tell apart from one another. But Elizabeth tries this and is successful- with 4 entire characters that all stand apart on their own but come together to tell one story. That's HARD to do- this isn't a story that just happened to fall together. It's one that was masterfully woven into something beautiful. 2.Truly real characters: Honestly, I feel like I KNOW Carter, Emme, Ethan and even Sophie. It's remarkable how much these 4 remind me of myself at times, and those I grew up with and even know now. There are those you like and those you're frustrated with and those you admire and those you really can't stand but put up with for a time regardless. These four are flawed, but they're strong and remarkable in their own way. And some of them learn from mistakes, but not all of them do. 3.A passionate story: Here's what I loved most about Take a Bow: the passion these four feel for the things they love- it's just RIPPLING in waves off of the pages. It seems like you can actually feel how much they love certain things, and how hard they're willing to work for it. Whether it's a hobby or a person, or a goal, each of them ha something to feel passionate about. And I think that's so important for everyone to remember, to find something we each feel passionate about that we can dedicate time and effort towards simply because it makes us happy and enjoy life a little bit more. As realistic of a character she was, I have to admit that I did not care for Sophie in the least. And I felt like we only scratched the surface with her character, rather than going as in depth as we did with the other 3- it feels HINTED at, but I never felt like I really knew her. She felt too shallow- and I have a hard time believing that there are people that are just that shallow, so I didn't feel satisfied with how her story ended. Similarily, I also felt like that in some ways Ethan's story was kind of lacking. So much of it is spent agonizing over his love life, that I didn't feel like I had a good sense of what ELSE was going on in his life. Including the few mentions of the voices in his head- I really wasn't clear where we were trying to go with that. I honestly was not expecting to LOVE Take a Bow as much as I did; it's so unlike the typical books I'd pick out for mysef, but that's exactly what I love about book blogging- I really get to open myself up to new books I normally would never have picked up and that's exactly what Take a Bow was for me. Review copy received from Scholastic Canada for my honest review; no other compensation was received.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Did I enjoy this book: I really enjoyed this book. It was lots of fun and a quick read. I read it every free chance I had and finished it in a day. When I first started Take a Bow, I was worried that having four narrators would make the story difficult to follow. However, each narrator had such a distinct voice that is was not difficult to follow along. The four narrators are Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan - all freshman at the performing arts school. Each of these four characters were so well written that you wanted to care about them (or not care, as the situation warranted). Emme was by far my favorite character. To me, she grew the most through her 4 years at the school and she turned into such a great young lady. I loved her from the very beginning of the book and rooted for her until the very end. On the other hand, Sophie was my least favorite character. She was a user and only out for herself. She was one of those people that as long as things benefit her, that is all that matters. I was happy with her ending. I wasn't sure about Carter and Ethan in the beginning but I grew to really like each of them in their own way by the end of the book. I would really love a sequel to Take a Bow. I want to know what happens to each of these four characters - and some of the secondary characters - when they pursue life after high school. Even a book about their 15 year class reunion or a senior showcase at some point down the road would be awesome! What do you say, Ms. Eulberg??? Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. It was another great, clean YA read that was fun and quick. Will I read it again: I may someday in the distant future but it isn't a read every year type of book for me.
TheBumbleGirl1 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful, well-written and entertaining book! I love it when an author is able to write a book with more than one characters point of view - and in this story, we get FOUR of them! Four realistic characters that are fun, quirky and ambitious. And Elizabeth Eulberg nails it! Not once did I get confused as to who was talking or what was going on and it made the story flow so swiftly and perfectly - I loved it! Meet our four headliners... Emme is a very talented songwriter who works hard and is very organized. But her lack of confidence and unsupportive friend keeps her from fully coming out of her shell to sing and steal the spotlight... Sophie is the singer. She knows that shes got it all and will do anything to get what she wants and make it all the way to the top. Ethan is swoon worthy but as a songwriter, he feels that he needs to create drama and chaos in order to write his songs, unlike Emme who writes from the heart. And last, but certainly not least, Carter aka the child actor. He's been there already and no longer has the drive to continue being an actor and wants to be able to just be himself and finally do what he really loves to do. It was amazing to see how their senior year unfolds - who grows and learns from their mistakes, and who doesn't. Most of all, what I loved was being able to live vicariously through all of these characters - I am no songwriter, not an aspiring actress and definitely cannot hold a note even if my life depended on it, lol; but, at some point in our lives, we have all dreamed about it. And Elizabeth definitely gave me my spotlight! All of you who are big fans of Glee, High School Musical and (here's where I show my true age!) Fame - will enjoy and devour this book over and over again! It's a must read!
lacikcrawford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book at NCTE this past year. I had so much fun. I meant some really great authors and some really great people! I am currently thinking about going again this year in VEGAS but we shall see because I just recently bought a house. :)The book is about a group of friends that go a high school that focuses on music and creative arts. They have to audition every semester to stay in the school. It is very difficult to just go and apply, and then attend this high school. Now Emme doesn't think that she is good enough to attend the high school because all she wants to do is write the music, not sing it. On her first day of school is meets the group of guys that are going to be her best friends all through high school. They are going to be there until the end. I think that this aspect of the book made me really love it. You usually read about the girl that has the best girl friend and they are together through the whole book. It made the book more interesting to know that she was having conversation with boys that looked at her as one of the guys instead of a girl that they want to be with. But you need to understand that this is not a normal high school. Everyone is out to get each other. They all want to be on top. But one thing will keep them all close, the fact that they are really close friends. If you want a great easy read about a group of friends that stick together until the end, this book is defiantly for you. I really liked this book. It was different and that kept my interest. Elizabeth did such a great job with this book. I would defiantly recommend this book to anyone that loves the music world, yet also loves the book world.
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Eulberg. That is really all that needs to be said here... If you like contemporaries, I highly suggest you get yourself acquainted with that name. Her first two novels, The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom & Prejudice were adorable and wonderful and completely worthy of a babbling run on sentence. Take a Bow was no exception! It is everything I hoped it would be.Take a Bow follows the senior year of three teenagers: Emme, Ethan, Sophie and Carter, during their stay at their elite performing arts school in NYC. Senior year is tough already, but when you add fierce competition for the senior showcase, huge college auditions, backstabbing, crushes, band gigs, and a soap opera role... what you get is a whole lot of drama. But in the best way possible? The format of this book really reminded me of shows like Modern Family in the way that the characters go about their own lives, but then they also kind of address the reader (like the show characters do on the interview sessions). It was pretty hilarious in this way. What I really enjoyed about this novel is that the voice is really different from Eulberg's other two novels. I have the immense pleasure of knowing the author personally, so I can say that the voice in the first two novels is similar to her own voice (hilarious). That is not a bad thing, but with Take a Bow she breaks from her own voice and is able to create four dynamic and very different characters with distinct voices. The characters continually frustrated me, but that just goes to show that I cared enough about them to get angry with them. Except maybe Sophie.... She is not a very nice person (keeping this review rated G, folks). I'm a cynic, I'll admit it. I often enjoy when books do not end with a "happy ending". To me they seem more realistic. Not giving anything away, but the ending in Take a Bow is on the happier side. I actually really liked it! It was because the whole plot is very realistic. Even when the characters eventually get what they want, they have a tough road before they reach that point. Nothing is just handed over to them, which is something I find in more than a few contemporaries. This seems unnecessary... But overall, I loved it! Should you read it? Definitely.
thebumblegirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful, well-written and entertaining book!I love it when an author is able to write a book with more than one characters point of view - and in this story, we get FOUR of them! Four realistic characters that are fun, quirky and ambitious. And Elizabeth Eulberg nails it! Not once did I get confused as to who was talking or what was going on and it made the story flow so swiftly and perfectly - I loved it!Meet our four headliners...Emme is a very talented songwriter who works hard and is very organized. But her lack of confidence and unsupportive friend keeps her from fully coming out of her shell to sing and steal the spotlight...Sophie is the singer. She knows that shes got it all and will do anything to get what she wants and make it all the way to the top.Ethan is swoon worthy but as a songwriter, he feels that he needs to create drama and chaos in order to write his songs, unlike Emme who writes from the heart.And last, but certainly not least, Carter aka the child actor. He's been there already and no longer has the drive to continue being an actor and wants to be able to just be himself and finally do what he really loves to do.It was amazing to see how their senior year unfolds - who grows and learns from their mistakes, and who doesn't. Most of all, what I loved was being able to live vicariously through all of these characters - I am no songwriter, not an aspiring actress and definitely cannot hold a note even if my life depended on it, lol; but, at some point in our lives, we have all dreamed about it. And Elizabeth definitely gave me my spotlight!All of you who are big fans of Glee, High School Musical and (here's where I show my true age!) Fame - will enjoy and devour this book over and over again! It's a must read!
thehidingspot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For me, reading an Elizabeth Eulberg novel is like cleansing my mental palate. After I've read something particularly heavy, it's nice to give my brain a break by picking up a lighthearted novel with a quick pace and engaging characters, characteristics synonymous with her novels.Take a Bow is the quintessential Eulberg novel... and it might be my favorite so far. Actually, I feel like this newest release had a bit more depth than The Lonely Hearts Club and significantly more than Prom & Prejudice. I really came to love Emme and Ethan and I don't think I've ever felt particularly attached to any of the characters in the other books, though I've definitely enjoyed them.As a completely non-artistic person, I always find novels about those who are talented in this area fascinating. I know academic pressure, but competitive performing arts schools are a totally foreign concept to me and are a bit awe-inspiring. I find myself drawn to books and movies with this theme.Despite being totally non-artistic, I closely identified with Emme. She's extremely shy and often overshadowed by the bossy and overbearing Sophie. I wanted Emme to step out of Sophie's shadow so badly... somebody had to take that girl down a notch!Take a Bow has some darker elements that weren't present in Eulberg's first two novels. This offering addresses substance abuse and, to some extent, the ill effects of childhood celebrity, whether it be actual big-screen fame or hometown fame. I think the depth present in Take a Bow is what, ultimately, made it shine.If you're a fan of Eulberg's novels, or you haven't read one but think you might like to, be sure to pick up Take a Bow.
ShaEliPar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd been excited to read Take A Bow ever since I first heard the premise for it. I generally love books that deal with the arts; be it music or theater and author Elizabeth Eulberg definitely didn't disappoint me.The story follows the lives of 4 teens during their senior year at a performing arts school and I really loved how the novel alternates between each of their perspectives. Emme and Sophie have very different personalities so it was never confusing when the POV changed and the same thing can be said about the two guys. In fact I think the changing narrative gives you a better sense of exactly who this young people are and the pressure they are under.Emme was easily my favorite character, she's just so sweet and likeable. Watching her confidence grow as the novel moves along was really great. She's truly the heart of the story and much of what happens with the other 3 characters has a direct link back to her.Since Emme's in a band with Ethan I loved how the novel focuses a lot on that dynamic, both romantically and otherwise. Thankfully the novel doesn't leave their other 2 band mates, Jack and Ben, out in the cold with nothing to do. As supporting characters go they added a lot of humor to the novel and were as memorable as the main quartet.The novel's pacing is quick and while there is of course loads of drama between the characters, the story itself is light and fun. It reads a lot like a TV series or film, making you care quickly and holding your attention throughout. If I had to complain about anything it would be that at 278 pages the novel was just too short for me. I wanted to spend so much more time immersed in that school with Emme and her friends.As you can read from this review I'm basically trying not to gush about how amazing it is and how much you all should read it. However when it comes right down to it, I am gushing, you should read it and I hope you think its as wonderful as I do.
bucmjt More than 1 year ago
Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg is a really great story. I am not a music person. I listener, but not a player, dancer, or singer, but Eulberg made these struggles real for me. I never felt like I was out of my depth. It was a bit choppy in the beginning, starting off on the first day of freshman year, then quickly jumping to senior year. But Eulberg filled in the blanks with a practiced hand, some lovable characters, and a solid story line. This one is textbook YA, so everyone can/should read it.
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A must read! Ive now read this book 5 times! All of these author's books are so good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it not my favorite book. I would suggest checking it out!
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acutierox More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic and exceptional. Being a performing arts New Yorker high schooler, I have been through the many hoops of the performing arts audition process and found that I could relate so well to each of the characters, sometimes with Sophie, others with Emme, yet others still with Ethan. I picked this book up at a local warehouse sale for Scholastic, noticing the author's name (having read Prom and Prejudice before, another very enjoyable book, a modern spin on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice) and put it on the top of my [read: very large] pile of books to be read. I finally got around to reading it one night, and I picked it up with earnest. It was 11:00PM when I started, and it was 2:00AM the next morning when I finished. While being a fairly easy read vocabulary-wise, and also I was probably at an advantage being able to relate more closely to the performing arts lingo than another reader, this novel engrossed me with the strength and depth of character voices, and the different points of view these voices created to see different situations. I would recommend this book to any other avid teen reader, like me.
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FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
Take a Bow was a quick, easy read with a fun setting that centers around the performing arts. The characters are sweet, if a little simple, and the message is an easy one to understand. If you are looking for some new YA contemporary, this one is a good one to add to your TBR list!
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
I have really loved Elizabeth Eulberg's previous books and the one was certainly no exception. She takes a look at the high drama world of four friends who go to New York's exclusive High School for Creative and Performing Arts as they battle auditions and shows and just life in general. Its told from each of the four characters perspective which sometimes can be a challenge to hold my attention, but the author really does a great job of keeping you going. My favorite character is Emme. She grows so much into a wonderful young woman through the book. Actually all the characters grow with the exception of Sophie. She just seems to stay being arrogant. I love the romance that follows Ethan and Emme because its cute. Elizabeth really has brought her teenage characters out more in this book and I can't wait to see what she does in the future. Id even love to see what happens to Ethan and Emme when they are taking that next step.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago