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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...more
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...more
Idle Hippo
Sep 28, 2012 Idle Hippo 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...more
Nikki
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...more
Mesa
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
Nath
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Zoe


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...more
Michele.♥
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...more
Amy
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,...more
Sulis Peri Hutan
suka suka suka suka
Ethan: pengen peluk dia, pengen cium dia. satria bergitar memang selalu mengagumkan XD. dia mempunyai bakat bermusik yg luar biasa, bisa memainkan berbagai alat musik, dan suaranya, jangan ditanya. masalahnya, dia tidak PD tampil di depan umun, dia selalu gugup dan jarang memperhatikan penonton saat beraksi di atas panggung. seperti kebanyakan musisi besar, dia tampil dg bau alkohol utk melepas kegugupan dan menciptakan lirik lagu yg hebat ketika hidupnya sedang kacau. dia mem...more
Rachel
“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...more
May
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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....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...more
Justin
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...more
Jacqueline
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...more
Jenny
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
Natalia Ceitidh
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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....more
Katie Stout
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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...more
Evie

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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...more
Ng Xin
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
Katelyn
Apr 02, 2012 Katelyn rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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
Mitch
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'...more
Patrizia
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
Kristina Jo
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destinugrainy
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
...more
Mery
May 15, 2012 Mery rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Diambil dari 4 sudut pandang. Carter, Ethan, Emme, dan Sophie. :D

Carter sang bintang film, Ethan si jago musik, Emme cewek kalem yang suka banget musik, dan Sophie yang punya impian jadi bintang.

Mereka semua mencari jalan sendiri menuju masa depan. Ada yang jalannya lurus, ada juga yang berkelok-kelok. Tapi hal-hal itu enggak buat mereka jadi putus asa...


Yang aku suka dengan buku ini adalah kecintaan penulisnya sama musik. Daaaaan Beatles. Hehehe. Setelah baca The Lonely Hearts Club, di sini ada...more
Inspired Kathy
Take a Bow is told from 4 different points of view. Emme, Sophie, Ethan and Carter alternate the narrating of the story. They are attending a prestigious New York performing arts school together. There are also some wonderful secondary characters written into this story who you can't help but love or hate.

This was a fast paced one sitting read for me, once I started I didn't stop. This is my 3rd Elizabeth Eulberg book and I'll definitely be reading her next book as well. I like her characters,...more
Mands
Estelle gave me a copy of this while in NYC and I read it on my flight back to L.A. It was a cute, light read revolving around talented, music students and was divided into 4 PoVs.

I enjoyed most of them and thought it was quite sweet, but the mean best friend seemed overly stereotypical.
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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, and Better Off Friends. She lives outside of Manhattan with her th...more
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