Addressing all the ups and downs of adolescence, senior year of high school, teen romance, and self-discovery, Elizabeth Eulberg’s Take a Bow may be the author’s finest book to date. She handily takes on all the classic earmarks of a coming of age tale in a refreshingly new package, with the added pressures and challenges that come with attending a highly competitive performing arts school.
Take a Bow follows the ups and downs of four students: Emme, Sophie, Carter, and Ethan through their senior year at one of New York City’s most prestigious performing arts schools. After glimpsing their auditions in the prologue, the book’s primary action fast fowards four years later to their final year, as they prepare for college and some of the biggest performances of their lives. Careers, personalities, romance, and friendships are all on the line, and Eulberg deftly addresses them all.
Eulberg’s writing is elevated to its finest level in Take a Bow, as her characters face some high stakes auditions and performances. Even readers who haven’t participated in arts programs will appreciate the pressure and competition Eulberg describes throughout the novel. It takes the challenges of high school and adolescence to an entirely new level.
Take a Bow is in stores April 1st (though it could be out early, so check your local book store). Here is the official synopsis:
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.