What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Take a Bow wasn't on my radar, but I saw it while I was looking for some YA contemporary books to add to my list.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.
Sounds like FAME! doesn't it? I thought it did, and that's what drew me to it in the first place.

What I Liked: 1) I've always loved the performing arts, both participating and watching, so I definitely loved that this book was taking an interest in those activities. I've been involved in theater, dance and music all my life, so it was great to read about kids who have goals in those fields and are working hard to make those dreams come true. 2) The summary says that these characters are seniors, which is true, but we actually get a lot of flashbacks in the story that give you some background as to how they came to the performing arts high school, and what they expected when then got there. This was the biggest form of character development in the story. 3) Seeing the kids figuring out what it was they really wanted. This was a big point in the story. They all came into this performing arts high school looking for something, but what they learned was what they wanted and the confidence to go get it.

What I Didn't Like: 1) The flashbacks were good for character development, but they were so frequent that they disrupted the flow of the story. When I'm reading, I don't like to have to put on the breaks, and that's something that I had to do with the jumps in the timeline. 2) The characters were kind of bland. They had very stereotypical personalities, and I felt they could have been a little better developed.

 Overall thoughts: 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!

My Rating: 3 shots

4 comments:

  1. This sounds like a good book, but I don't read a lot of contemporary. I think this is one I should probably pass on. Thanks for the great review.

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  2. I enjoyed this one. I liked that it was set at a HS for the performing arts

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