Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg (website | twitter)
Publisher: Point (imprint of Scholastic)
Upcoming Release Date: April 1, 2012
Target Audience: Young Adult
Format: ARC received from ALA Mid-Winter (Thank you!)
How I heard about it: Discussed with a rep from Scholastic!
Summary: Emme and Sophie have been best friends forever. Emme writes the songs and Sophie sings them. They are both accepted to a performing arts high school, where Emme is encouraged to break outside her comfort zone by her new guy friends and Sophie doesn’t have people fawning all over her as she’d hoped.
You guys. Rarely is there a main character that I want to tuck in my pocket and keep with me forever. Emme was definitely that girl in Take a Bow. She was a tiny, pint-sized, red-haired, talented, songwriting girl. She was so shy and unselfish, but had painfully low self-confidence. Despite that, she was super talented and everyone around her could tell. Her so-called best friend, Sophie, was happy to push Emme out of the lime-light so she could bask in everyone’s attention.
Sophie was mean and only focused on making herself the next big Hollywood star. Emme’s new set of friends — Ethan, Ben, and Jack — were incredibly protective of Emme. They saw right through Sophie to the core of her blackened heart. (Yes, she was this bad.) The boys form a band with Emme freshman year, and by the time they’re seniors, they’ve established a pretty decent following. They try to use the band as an excuse to pull Emme away from Sophie, as they only want the best for their girl.
I love, love, loved the musical aspect of Take a Bow. The story is actually told from four different people’s points of view. Emme was the character that I (obviously) connected with the most, but I liked being able to learn about different aspects of the program via the other voices. The story was fast-paced and moved at a speed I was really happy with.
If you give me a story that has a great group of friends involved, I will probably drool over it. I felt scared and sad to leave the characters when this story was over. I felt actively involved in the story, as if I too should be questioning where I should go to college and what would happen to me.
This is definitely a lighter read for me than usual, but it was perfect. I had been on a hunt for a book that wasn’t overly intense, but wasn’t so fluffy I felt like I was reading in the clouds. I loved absolutely everything about Take a Bow. Don’t forget to check it out – its release date is April Fool’s Day… though Take a Bow is no joke.