Reviewed by Grace Soledad

The main concept of Take a Bow is similar to Fame. A group of extremely talented students have been accepted to a prestigious performing arts school. Emme has always created songs for her best friend, Sophie. It’s a win-win. She is passionate about writing songs and Sophie’s incredible voice is going to be famous someday. Sophie is convinced that she going to be a star and isn’t nervous at all about starting school; everybody is going to worship her and she’s going to rule the school with her phenomenal voice. Carter has been doing soap opera roles his entire life and is ready to get into serious acting. Ethan is an intense songwriter with a habit of screwing up relationships. What happens when you put all these characters together?

Fast forward. It’s four years later. Ethan and Emme are a part of a band that’s made up of them and their two best friends. Sophie is dating Carter, but Carter is not sure that he wants to be with her anymore, since she only wants him for his fame. It’s senior year and everything is not what they expected. Sophie’s jealous that she isn’t the best anymore. She’s just another singer – a spoiled one at that – and uses naive Emme to help her reach her goals no matter what it costs her. Emme is on fire – her songs are incredible, everybody loves her, and her group of friends is like a family. The only problem? She’s falling for Ethan, and is worried about his destructive behavior. He’s ruining his life.

Take a Bow is filled with the drama, dilemmas, character development, and passion of a diverse group of students. And let me tell you, this book blew my mind. The multiple point of view writing style offered so many different viewpoints on each character and that made for a fascinating experience. Clear writing made it easy to read and extremely enjoyable. The similarities to Fame may appeal to some readers but it is also wholly original. The classic idea is made fresh by intriguing characters and appealing writing.

A rather quick read, Take a Bow is a passionate and humorous approach to the arts. It’s sparkling and thoughtful with plenty of substance. The relationships. The glamour. It was all exactly what I was looking for and I will highly recommend it to anybody looking for an excellent read.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Also by Elizabeth Eulberg: Prom & Prejudice and The Lonely Hearts Club

Grace is a teenage bibliophile who runs the blog Words Like Silver. She is described as “antisocial” because she constantly has her nose buried in a book or a notebook. When not reading, she can be found dancing, writing, or at the beach. She wants to become an author someday and is incredibly passionate about books, and holds several records in reading awards.

A review copy was provided free of any obligation by Point. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.