Release Date: April 1, 2012.
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.
If Fame and Victorious got married and had a baby, Take A Bow would be their child. And yes, that's a compliment. This book was highly entertaining and emotional, successfully balancing just the right of humor and drama.
I loved how the four characters were spotlighted. I'll admit that, at first, the characters didn't really have any distinguishing traits about their personalities for me. Meaning, if you took the names off and out of their chapters, I probably wouldn't be able to tell the difference. But fortunately, it really picked up for me and I became so invested in these characters and their drama. (Except for Sophie. I hated Sophie with a burning, fiery passion) And I thought it was really cute how the dialogue was set up like a script for Carter's chapters! It was something teeny tiny but it really made a difference in reading his character!
Like I said before, I thought the mix of humor and drama was done really well. I giggled quite a bit, but the story knew when it had to be serious and it was easy to sober up (considering the content of the book, I guess I should say horribly distasteful pun NOT intended ...) when something dark was going on.
And, okay, the book was sort of cheesy. Especially the end and especially with Emme and Ethan. But it's a charming kind of cheesy. Like the awww and swoon and giggle kind of cheesy. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy every minute of it.
Overall, I really enjoyed Take A Bow. It was a quick, lighthearted read that had me laughing and cheering and smiling the whole time. I definitely recommend this one to all of my fellow contemporary lovers or anyone who is looking for something light and happy to read after all of those dark paranormals!
Other reviews for Take A Bow:
The Hiding Spot.
Rather Be Reading.
Never Too Fond Of Books.