Hey Fellow Book-Lovers,
So today (or tonight as you may prefer), I’ll be reviewing Take a Bow. I’ll also be reviewing another book either tomorrow or on Monday, so keep your eye out for that. Happy Reading!
Book: Take a Bow
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Genre: YA Fiction
My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Lately, I’ve been really into books about music. I don’t rightly know why, but I have been, so when I came across this in the bookstore, I thought to myself, “Why not? It sounds interesting.” And so here we are.
Take a Bow is told from the perspective of four different students, Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan, with each chapter being told from a different person. Each of these people are students in high school in New York City at CPA, which stands for Creative and Performing Arts.
Emme is an amazing songwriter and even singer, but she is constantly in the shadow of her (supposed) best friend Sophie. She just wants to become a songwriter, but is later pushed to become all that she can be by Ethan. In her chapters, you see her develop from a shy young thing that doesn’t seem to believe in herself much, to a strong-willed young woman who goes after he dreams and who won’t back down.
Sophie wants to be a star and has a plan all mapped out of how to go about becoming one. She wants to be one so bad, that she’s not above using her friend Emme of pf trophy boyfriend,Carter. In her chapters, you see that pride, ego, and using people only gets you so far, without having talent and drive to really work at it.
Carter is a former child star who wants nothing more than to be normal. In his chapters, you see how fame can affect one’s life. You also see how he ccomes to terms with himself and his life and then begins to take control of it; to make it into something that he wants, instead of what he believes his mom and everyone else wants. You see him come to learn that life is more than just trying to please everyone around you.
Ethan has amazing talent. He sings and writes awesome songs, but he’s a bit of a tormented soul. He’s been scarred before and because of that has become someone of a player. He’s ruined every relationship he’s ever had and used that to write songs. The only real constant in his life is Emme, who is one of his best friends. In his chapters, you see him push Emme to step out of the shadows and be who she was meant to be. You also se him come to terms with the darkness in his own life and find happiness, both in his music and his love life.
So, overall this was a good book. It had some important messages for young adults, and presented them in such a way that you as a reader could relate to. It’s a light read, easily done in one sitting (as long as you have an hour or two free) and leaves you feeling good. That’s probably why I gave it a three star rating. I wanted to see more, I don’t know, depth and darkness in the book, especially from Ethan. I. That doesn’t mean I don’t like it or think it’s a waste of time. It’s not. It’s actually a really good story, especially when you take into account that it’s told from the POV of four people. All of which you learn the thoughts and feelings of. This might sometimes be considered to much or overwhelming, but Ms. Eulberg writes in such a way that everything flows together perfectly and doesn’t create information overload for the reader.
So on that note, go out and read it yourself. It won’t take too long and you’re bound to enjoy it.
P.S. If you like this book (you know the whole empowering kind of thing), check out Ms. Eulberg’s new book Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality.
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