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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 academ
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Hardcover, 278 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Point
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Mimi Valentine
You know those books that are so adorable, so sweet, so subtly inspiring that they make you want to hug the author and all of the people involved in publishing them? Take a Bow is one of those books!

My first thought after reading this was that I wanted to become a singer — which is completely untrue because I'm a writer-girl, and singing and I don't go together unless it involves broken windows. But Elizabeth Eulberg wrote this novel in a way that made me want to jump in and follow these four te
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Hippo dari Hongkong
Sep 28, 2012 Hippo dari Hongkong marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiksi
Jadi begini...

abis pulang jumatan lagi siap2 mau pergi ke kecamatan ngurus e ktp. tiba2 ada abang2 dari sebuah jasa pengiriman pos ngetok2 pager. disamperin dunk. trus dia bilang
"ada kiriman paket"
waaaaaaaaah, aseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek *kliatannya kiriman buku soalna*

"buat siapa" *basa basi*
"nggggggg...."
*hening*
"ini bener dengan dengan rumah..." *nyebutin alamat ama nomer rumah*
malah nanya dia
"iya, betul.. buat siapa paketna?"
*hening lagi*
"anu.. anu... " *menyerahkan paket tanpa mau nyebutin nama
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Nikki
Apr 25, 2012 Nikki rated it it was amazing
I'll just start by saying this: the book was beautiful. I've read a few Elizabeth Eulberg books before and I can say with absolute certainty that none of them could quite compare to Take A Bow.

I'll admit, I was initially skeptic about this one. Considering The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom and Prejudice I didn't actually expect much from this. If anything, I imagined this to be just as flat and lifeless. Maybe even worse, after I saw the format of the book: four different POVs.

The only thought th
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Mesa
Mar 17, 2012 Mesa rated it it was amazing
I found my favorite contemporary book of 2012 and my new favorite author!

You have no idea how much I love this book. It such a cute, adorable book! Take a Bow follows four unique, talented teenagers: Emme, Ethan, Sophie and Carter. I loved all characters, especially the member of Teenage Kicks: Emme, Ethan, Jack and Ben. Jack and Ben cracked me up throughout the book. It’s been a long time since a book has made me smile this much throughout the book, and even after I finished it, I had a smile o
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Barbara
While this title is likely to appeal to fans of Fame, Glee, and High School Musical, I was disappointed in it, perhaps because I've read books that cover the same terrain better. Four teens audition for spots in the prestigious New York City High School of the Creative and Performing Arts, and once they are accepted, the storyline shifts quickly to their senior year at the school. Talented songwriter Emme is painted with a sympathetic brush since she has talent to write and sing but hides that t ...more
Nicole
Jan 07, 2013 Nicole rated it liked it
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads. I used to sing and have big dreams of the spotlight which is part of why I entered to win this book.

I will admit that I somewhat delayed reading this book because I used do pageants and acting classes and I used to sing. Part of me didn't really want to go back to that world, but it wasn't all that I thought it would be, so no harm done. I liked that the book jumped back and forth between Emme, Sophie, Carter and Ethan for their point of view. I also r
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May
Oct 27, 2013 May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
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Del material del que están hechos los sueños es una novela juvenil, con una historia sobre adolescentes que están en su último año de Artes Creativas y Escénicas, y que en este último año encontrarán muchos problemas.
La única cosa negativa que le he visto a la novela, empezando por ahí, es la cantidad de personajes que hay. Hay una barbaridad de protagonistas y todos nos cuentan la historia en determinados momentos, eso en un principio me costó asimilarlo.
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Claire
Really 3.5.

I have read one other book by Eulberg and after reading this book, I find that she writes books that equal a good sit back and enjoy kind of book.

Take a Bow was enjoyable. I liked the characters. I cared about them and I enjoyed learning about them. Each chapter is written in a different perspective...or each character has their own time. I actually found that I enjoyed Ethan's view points more than the other characters. However, my favorite character was Jack. He was so funny!

Carter
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Nath
May 08, 2012 Nath rated it it was amazing
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Zoe
Aug 24, 2014 Zoe rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary


I don't give out 4 stars easily. It takes a lot to impress me with a book (mostly because I'm picky and I know what I want). However, I went into Take a Bow with high expectations due to some extraordinary reviews, and I'll admit I was genuinely impressed with what Elizabeth Eulberg managed to pull off.

Take a Bow follows 4 very different people through their journey at the School of Creative and Performing Arts in New York. This prestigious school is not your typical high school - it's essentia
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Amy
Dec 19, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
I'm a huge fan of Elizabeth's books so I went into this with really high expectations- they were blown away! I absolutely adored this book!!!

As with Elizabeth's prior books Take a Bow captures the teenage years perfectly. This book is the story of four students in a performing arts high school. I wasn't a performer in high school but the majority of my friends were in choir or theater so much of the competition and drama that takes place in the book was very familiar to me. The joy, the passion,
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Sulis Peri Hutan
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Creative and Performing Arts (CPA) -Sekolah Seni Kreatif dan Pertunjukan, New York- merupakan salah satu sekolah seni pertunjukan paling bergengsi. Tempat di mana anak-anak muda memiliki bakat luar biasa, tempat di mana mereka menggapai impian. Ada empat kisah dalam buku ini, empat passion yang besar dalam diri mereka terhadap seni.

Ethan
Dia mempunyai bakat bermusik luar biasa, bisa memaninkan berbagai alat musik dan suaranya, jangan ditanya. Mas
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Evie
Jun 01, 2012 Evie rated it it was amazing

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"Whoever said that people don't change was full of it. That or they never had a friend who wanted to be famous."

Welcome to the New York City High School of Creative and Performing Arts, a place where talents thrive and dreams come true. That is, of course, if you work really hard, all the while managing not to crack under the insane pressure. Having a genui
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Rachel
Jun 12, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
“A work in progress. And the possibilities are endless. (Eulberg 242)

Truly, the above statement is the theme of Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg that makes this one contemporary novel extraordinary. It is all about musically oriented students growing up during their senior year at a performing arts school. The amazing characters learn new amazing lessons each step of the way. None of them are perfect but they are each searching for an answer to the question: What should be the next step I take in
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Ng Xin
Jun 03, 2013 Ng Xin rated it it was ok
I really liked Elizabeth's first book, The Lonely Hearts' Club, so every time I see her books I'm alway super-enthusiastic to read them! Take A Bow wasn't really anything spectacular, though, only a very predictable story about a group of students all competing to perform in a concert, realize their dreams, etc. (Initially it's nice reading about their auditions/senior year, but as it progresses it gets rather dull and lengthy.)!While I picked up the book knowing that the plot would be vaguely c ...more
Uci
Habis menutup buku ini, komentar saya adalah... "Aaaw, co cwiiit." Ya memang manis aja sih ceritanya, nggak ada konflik yang terlalu gimanaa gitu. Sesuai target pembaca kali ya. Kisah kasih dua musisi tuh emang selalu bikin gemes sih (nulisnya mengikuti gaya terjemahan buku ini *kedipin Momo*). Makanya dari kecil obsesi saya sebenarnya pingin jadi musisi, trus pacaran sama musisi juga (dan dimulailah edisi curcol) :D

Tapi berhubung keterbatasan dana dan niat, saya baru bisa punya piano waktu suda
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Jasmine
Mar 21, 2012 Jasmine rated it it was ok
For some reason, I just couldn't get into this book. And, I really, really wanted to like it. I LOVED The Lonely Hearts Club The Lonely Hearts Club- Elizaebth Eulberg really nailed everything in that one-but Take a Bow was unfortunately a disappointment.The characters are stereotypical and two dimensional in a very annoying way, and quite frankly it is a predictable read. Predictable is not necessarily a bad thing, but this novel is the boring sort of predictable... In all, the setting of a perf ...more
Michele C
Aug 27, 2012 Michele C rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read anything by Elizabeth Eulberg yet...I highly suggest you stop reading this review and go to your nearest library or bookstore and pick up one of her books!

Her books are not only well written and interesting,but they also contain important messages. For these reasons, her books have qucikly become some of my favorite Young- Adult Contemporary novels ever.

Her latest novel, Take A Bow has to be my favorite of her three books. It follows four very different high schools (Emme,So
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Justin
Mar 16, 2012 Justin rated it it was amazing
Take a Bow really makes me wish I didn't have a rating system. I would give this book more than five stars without ever having a second thought. Elizabeth has written a Contemporary novel that embodies everything I love to see in a Contemporary, and more. It's such a cute and thoughtful story. I honestly think it's a perfect story for any type of reader.

I love how Elizabeth wrote these characters, you follow the four characters which you see mentioned in the excerpt (Emme, Sophie, Ethan and Cart
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Jacqueline
Jan 01, 2013 Jacqueline rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book because I am a performer (flutist) and am always on the look out for a good musician book, although I've really yet to find a completely realistic and relatable one. (Although Eulberg's Prom and Prejudice was almost there.)

The characters were hard to connect with, and I probably rolled my eyes several times.

Also, why are the composing students basically only writing songs for singers and rock bands? Perhaps they should be labeled Singer-Songwriter students ins
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Jenny
Apr 02, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Take a Bow is a short but surprisingly emotional read, thrusting into the midst of a creative and performing arts school as four very different students try to find their way through their classes, their futures, and their individual relationships. The fact that there are four first-person point of views packed into an under three-hundred page story may cause some readers to balk initially–questioning whether or not there will be enough time to adequately connect to each character before reachin ...more
Ceitidh
Apr 26, 2012 Ceitidh rated it it was amazing
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Definitely a Must-Read!!

This is the first book by Elizabeth Eulberg I read, and I must say that she absolutely made me fall for her writing as soon as I opened the book to the first page. Here I add another contemporary author to my top list. Take a Bow is a meaningful and and highly compelling story that, whether you are a contemporary fan or not, is definitely a must-read!

Truth be told, I wasn't expecting to love this book SO much. Don't take me wrong.
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Katie
Dec 09, 2015 Katie rated it liked it
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I'm a huge fan of books (and movies/TV shows) that deal with people trying to "make it" in the entertainment industry. This interest has led to me watching movies like "Fame," eating up every last bit. I also really liked Elizabeth Eulberg's previous novel, Prom & Prejudice, so I was excited to see her writing about one of my f
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Katelyn
Apr 02, 2012 Katelyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
Normally I give myself a day or two after I've finished reading a book to let it all sink in before I start to write up my review, but not so much with this one. I couldn't wait to create the post for this title. I think it's safe to say that if I were asked to pick my top five favorite authors, Elizabeth Eulberg would without a doubt be one of those writers. I can't even really pinpoint why that is exactly, or what makes her writing stand out better than the others, but there's no denying that ...more
Cristina
3,5 en realidad :D
Reseña completa: http://palabrasqv.blogspot.com/2013/0...

Adoré a Elizabeth Eulberg y a "El club de los corazones solitarios", razón por la cual cogí con cierto temor este nuevo título, por si el libro no llegara a estar a la altura de mis expectativas. Efectivamente, no fue exactamente lo que yo esperaba, lo cual no quiere decir que esté mal, nada de eso. Es un libro muy bien llevado y con un escenario novedoso. ¿Están cansados de la típica escuela norteamericana con sus típico
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Mitch
Apr 04, 2012 Mitch rated it liked it
This wasn't an easy read and contemporary isn't usually my thing, but I wanted a change of pace after my last couple of books and hopefully I've kept this review fairly objective. Anyway, yeah, I had some problems reading this; it's a fairly interesting concept but the execution needs work.

The book’s from an ensemble first person point of view, and each narrator (Sophie, Emme, Ethan, and Carter) alternates chapters, though that's not the problem. At least for me, it was pretty easy to tell who'
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P α t r i c i α
May 26, 2015 P α t r i c i α rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
El libro está dividido en tres partes: los castings, la introducción en la que conocemos a los personajes, último curso, la parte principal del libro donde sucede toda la trama en la que los cuatro personajes narran desde sus diferentes puntos de vista lo que les va sucediendo a lo largo del último curso en el CAE, y la graduación, un final en el que cada personaje reflexiona sobre su evolución a lo largo de los cuatros años en el CAE y sobre su futuro. De tal forma que una vez que empiezas no p ...more
Jo
Dec 30, 2011 Jo rated it really liked it
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Jane Wayland
Jul 29, 2015 Jane Wayland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aunque el principio me resultó un tanto brusco y la impresión primera no fue la mejor, a lo largo de las páginas la autora ha conseguido conquistarme de nuevo. Es el tercer libro suyo que leo y lo he disfrutado mucho. Como siempre, sabe compaginar muy bien historias de amor y amistad y de vez en cuando encontramos consejos o frases que nos llegan o nos pueden dar que pensar. Desde luego, es una novela muy rápida de leer, fácil de disfrutar y muy recomendable.
Desty
Yang suka dengan If I Stay dan Where She Went pasti suka dengan yang satu ini.
Pengen deh dengerin lagunya Ethan buat Emme :)

Adegan yang paling saya suka pas mau tampil di gig terakhir mereka pas natalan

We put our arms around each other and Jack leans in for what’s supposed to be a pep talk, but he usually ends up insulting each of us.
“Okay, our last Christmas gig. Ethan’s sober, so that’s an improvement over last year…. Red is going to rock her guitar solo, although try to not make the rest of
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Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college at Syracuse University and making a career in the New York City book biz. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, We Can Work it Out, and The Great Shelby Holme
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