August 05, 2014

Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg (review)

Title: Take A Bow
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Release date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Genre: YA, Music
Buy on: Amazon | Book Depository | B&N

Chasing fame. Chasing love. Chasing a future.

Emme has long lived in her best friend Sophie's shadow. She writes songs, and Sophie sings them. It's always been like this, and feels like it always will be.

Sophie will stop at nothing to be a star. Even if it means using her best friend and picking up a trophy boyfriend, Carter.

Carter is a victim of a particular Hollywood curse: He's a former child star. Now all he wants is a normal life. But being normal is about as hard for him as being famous.

Ethan has his own issues -- a darkness in his head that he just can't shake. He's managed to sabotage every relationship he's ever been in. Emme's the only girl he's ever really respected . . . but he's not sure what to do about that.

Sometimes you're looking for a book for a long time and you can never find a copy or it's just super expensive. And then other times when you are not looking a book just jumps out at you out of nowhere. I was looking for this book, but since I usually buy them secondhand it was hard to find it. And then I went to the library and it just set there on the shelf. So I took it home and read it in two days.

This story seems to have four main characters, but really there are only two. And maybe a half. It really is mostly about Ethan and Emme, and there is some Sophie drama (so she's the half), but I feel like Carter is actually not that much of a main character. At some point he fades to the background and isn't important at all anymore for the storyline. I think Sophie does add a lot, but on her own her storyline isn't great. However Ethan and Emme, they're story is quite interesting. I think you can actually add them together and just have them as one main character. On their own, again, they are not that great character.

Ethan and Emme are pretty much best friends since they met their freshman year at CPA (which stand for New York City High School of the Creative and Performing Arts, which makes you understand why you'd call it CPA). They are both there to compose music and pretty soon they create a band with Ben and Jack, two other guys from the music department. They don't add that much, but they are fun character to read (oh, they love bickering with each other). Emme has another best friend however. Her name is Sophie and they met when they were eight. Sophie has a plan: get famous. And during the book you notice how she literally will do anything for that. That includes dating famous Carter to get her name and face out there. I want to give major kudos to the writer Elizabeth Eulberg, because I have never hated a book character so much before in my life. Every time she opened her mouth I wanted to punch it shut, or you know, just knock her out. She really is a giant bitch. So Sophie adds a lot to the Emme storyline and due to Sophie, Emme grows a characters and ends up as a whole other person at the end of the book. Great character growth there. Ethan is... I don't know what to think of Ethan. He kind of seems like a dick sometimes, but then again he also seems like a good friend. He's alright, I guess.

This book definitely had some postitive things and it gets a bonus point for it being a music book. However, I am a person who relies a lot on blurbs and can get annoyed when it misleads me, which I feel it kind of did. Sophie and Carter didn't really need to be added and some of their things might have been left out, at least in my opinion. However, I also think there are some people who could really enjoy bitchy Sophie and could read a whole book about her. It's just what interests you, I guess.

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