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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  6,666 ratings  ·  824 reviews
Chasing fame.

Chasing love.

Chasing a future.

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:
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
Apr 25, 2012 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
Feb 21, 2012 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
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
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
***Re-read September 2019 - I think I enjoy this book more each time I read it. I love it so much.

***Re-Read in March 2018 - I loved this book just as much the second time around. Once again, I read it in a day. I just adore pretty much everything about this.

I very recently discovered Elizabeth Eulberg and have been working my way through her books. While I’ve enjoyed all of the ones I ha
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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This. Book. Is. Absolutely. The. Best. Book. EVER!!!!!!!

This book follows four teens and each one is completely different. Emme, I can relate to her so much. She is in her best friend's shadow her whole life. So she finally speaks out. But what is so different in this book than the many others I read, is because they go to an arts high school. Their high school requires them to RE-AUDITION just to stay in school. That is a lot of pressure if you do that four times a year.
Apr 30, 2012 rated it liked it
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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
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 Mummy Cat 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!

Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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“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
Apr 18, 2012 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
Jul 13, 2014 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 essen
Apr 03, 2012 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'
Jul 20, 2011 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,
Olivia Gaughan
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved the author’s writing style and storyline! I thought one character was a little annoying but it was a quick and easy read.
Dec 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Apr 02, 2012 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
Apr 12, 2012 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.
Aug 11, 2011 rated it liked it
Similar Books: Withering Tights by Louise Rennison, 52 Reasons to Hate My Father by Jessica Brody, Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff that Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams

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 favor
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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
Mar 14, 2012 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
Aug 19, 2012 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
Michele C
Jan 01, 2012 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
Ng Xin
Jun 03, 2013 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
Mar 21, 2012 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
Pauline 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
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
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,
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
"Here I thought she was an ally, but now that she's attempting to be a singer, she's becoming part of my competition." Sophie is SUCH a toxic person! I've known too many people who see the world the way she does, and they're always stressed out and miserable. She was so petty and manipulative, I just wanted to smack her. Not getting exactly what she wanted when she wanted it turned this ambitious girl into a hate filled diva.

Anyway aside from this Queen B-word, it was a cute, sweet break away f
Daphne M.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot, but I didn't feel like there was much in the way of resolution for Sophie's storyline. I mean (view spoiler) And Sophie is just Sophie. She didn't really grow to me in the way that I sort of hoped that she would. Other than that, I liked this book very much, and enjoyed reading it. ...more
Tiff at Mostly YA Lit
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Couldn't stop reading this one. Eulberg really knows her music, and the characters were fun and true. I felt that Sophie was a little one-note, but other than that, I was really excited about the premise to the book, and I felt that it delivered.

My only wish is that Eulberg would give us a few more details on the kissing! =)
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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, Just Another Girl, Past Perfec

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