MOBI Ë ☆ Elizabeth Eulberg

He's a former child star Now all he Take a MOBI #207 wants is a normal life But being normal is about as hard for him as being famous Ethan has his own issues a darkness in his head that he just can't shake He's managed to sabotage every relationship he's ever been in Emme's the only girl he's ever really respected but he's not sure what to do about thatEmme Sophi Re read September 2019 I think I enjoy this book 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 have read so far especially Better off Friends Take a Bow has become not just my favorite Eulberg book but one of my favorite books of the yearI loved the characters The story is told from the 1st person POV of four students at a prestigious arts school Emme Ethan Sophie and Carter I really enjoyed each of their perspectives I loved Emme and how kind she was I loved her relationship with her band members Ben Jack and Ethan Ethan came the closest to the “tortured artist” persona I was expecting for the setting but it was never over the top While he messed up plenty he did really try and I loved him Carter was the former child star who just wanted to have a normal life He was so nice and I loved the friendship he developed with Emme His part of the story is really focused on finding himself and while I appreciated it and did like him he came across a little pretentious at times I pretty much straight up hated Sophie at first but as the book went on I started to kind of love to hate her She could not be different than sweet Emme and I couldn’t wait to see this mean girls get what was coming to herAs I’ve mentioned I’ve been binging on Eulberg books lately and I think the thing that keeps making me come back is the character development All of her characters are really well developed and I become deeply invested in them I almost start to feel like they’re real people and I wish I was part of their friendships This year I have been really into mysteriessuspense and have not had a lot of patience for anything else These books have made me really start to appreciate a good character driven story againThe only thing I didn’t really like about the book was how Carter’s chapters were formatted Every time there was dialogue it had the character name and then a colon and then what was said It took me a little while to figure out that’s it’s supposed to mimic a script It didn’t work for me though because the rest of the text wasn’t like that If the whole POV could have been written out like a script I think it could’ve been a really interesting narrative choice but as it was it was just kind of distractingOverall I really loved Take a Bow I read it in a day I loved the characters and the friendship and even the catty egomaniac I know this review does not do justice to how much I enjoyed this book I can’t believe how long it has taken me to discover Elizabeth Eulberg If you are a fan of YA Contemporaries you definitely need to check her outOverall Rating out of 5 45 Stars

BOOK Take a Bow

Take a BowE Carter and Ethan are all students at a performing arts school where talent is the norm and fame is the goal But sometimes being in the spotlight isn't as important as the people you're sharing it with as the four of them are going to find out in Elizabeth Eulberg's excellent new novel which is about the auditions life puts us through every day both big and small 455 A Going into Take a Bow I have to admit I wasn't too sure what to expect because the blurb is a bit vague Also while I enjoyed Ms Eulberg's previous books I had some apprehension due to the blurb because I'm not a fan of high school drama and it seems inevitable in the story And indeed there was some echoes of high school drama but it definitively wasn't the focus of Take a Bow I felt the book was about friendships their dreams and their journey So I really really enjoyed and loved Take a Bow However to be frank I'm having finding the right words for this review this is my third attempt ^^; It's hard to put it into words because as soon as I started reading Take a Bow it just felt right and I was sucked in the story I really liked how the book opens with the four characters awaiting for their audition to CPA We get a brief introduction to each character but also a feel of their personalities and their aspirations More importantly though it immediately sets the tone of the book and introduces the readers to the reality of their world Then fast forward four years and Carter Sophie Ethan and Emme are about to start their senior year and that's when the story really starts Now when I think of Take a Bow three elements come to mind the characters the friendships and the setting To me it's the combination of the three that made Take a Bow such a winner I'll start with the easiest for me the setting I really liked that CPA was not a regular high school because for me it added another layer of complexity set Take a Bow apart from most contemporary YA books and made it interesting Why Because most students attending CPA are passionate about their arts know what they want in their future and are already on the path of achieving it Singing writing music dancing these are not hobbies for them it's their livelihoods And I find admirable that they commit to it at such a young age And it definitively was a commitment Otherwise why audition each semester simply to remain at CPA and then audition for roles or spots in productions and showcases and actually perform The auditions and the competition also contributed to make the characters tougher and mature It felt like a totally different world to me while still remaining a contemporary book and feeling real So the setting was definitively key for me here When it comes to the characters I have to command Ms Eulberg for coming up with interesting layered characters but also for her writing since Take a Bow is told from four different POVs and each had a very distinct voice Also it was great to be privy to all four's thoughts and emotions and it definitively made the book stronger Another kudo to Ms Eulberg for the intricate ways all four storylines connected and intersected each other Sometimes when you read a book with multiple POVs it feels a bit clunky the change of POVs too abrupt But in the case of Take a Bow it flowed really well and it did feel like I was reading one book and not four stories Oups got a little carried away LOL Back to the characters I absolutely loved Carter Emme and Ethan they were great real and so lovable I liked how Carter was so down to earth when it came to his fame his acting career and his talent He was just a nice guy trying to figure out who was the real Carter Harrison and in no way was he spoiled or arrogant I think it speaks very loudly of Carter's personality and the way he was raised What I liked the most though was Carter's journey throughout the book the growth and the maturity he gained I liked that he realized that nobody was pushing him to be an actor that all these years he's misread his mother's behavior and action She wasn't pushing him to be a superstar; she wanted him to be happy I thought for him to walk away from acting to pursue his passion was both brave and wise Emme I loved Emme At first she appeared to be shy and not confident but the inner strength this girl has I also loved her loyalty to her friends even if someone might not have deserved it and that part of Emme really made me connect with her I've been in Emme's shoes where I knew I was being manipulated and used But at the same time it's hard to give up such a friendship that was so dear to you Even then Emme never stooped to the level of being mean or wanting revenge And I loved seeing Emme coming out of her shell and gaining confidence As for Ethan I have to admit that I had some doubts at first The guy definitively made some mistakes But once you see the way he stood by Emme always being there for her loving her He definitively redeemed himself You can't help but loving him and root for him And I believe that with Emme he won't repeat the same mistakes He has someone to ground him Finally there's Sophie She was made to be the villain of the book and therefore is not very likable and yes in some ways her character is a bit stereotypical However it doesn't make her character less real What I liked is that Ms Eulberg didn't backtrack at the end redeeming her character Sophie is the way she is and does not change I'm sure she did consider Emme as her best friend when she was younger but truth is the most important person to Sophie is herself Even when she was dating Carter she was already imagining their breakup just before her launching her first release ^^; Everything she did was to achieve superstardom and that's what mattered to her In a way you have to admire her determination and her will even though she's going about it the wrong wayFinally the friendships I loved loved the many friendships in Take a Bow The chemistry and bond between the members of Teenage Kicks is the friendship that stands out the most for me How Ethan Emme Jack and Ben by the way Jack and Ben were great great secondary characters formed an unit and had each other's backs The support the boys gave Emme how everyone was happy for each other when accepted in the college of their choices etc Carter envied Emme for the band friendship and I did too P I also enjoyed the budding friendship between Emme and Carter; how good a listener Emme was and her encouragements to Carter Also how Carter was there for Emme Even the brittle friendship between Sophie and Emme In this case it felt like the two girls just grew apart and this happens so often in high school Sometimes you have to let go even if it's hard I have a feeling Ms Eulberg wanted to write about friendships at different states and how they affect one's life and she did a great job I also very much loved the romance between Emme and Ethan and I liked how Ms Eulberg focused on theirs that she didn't feel obligated to give everyone a love story Emme and Ethan had such a chemistry they knew each other so well Seriously they were a great match and it was very heart warming to see them finally get together P Friends to lovers theme lovers you're going to like this one Take a Bow was almost the perfect contemporary YA for me but it wasn't because of two things The first is I wished we've seen a bit of Emme's feelings towards Ethan throughout the book I loved how it ended the way they get together Emme's declaration that she's had feelings for Ethan for a long time and how she didn't need to figure them out while Ethan had a girlfriend etc was really perfect However throughout Take a Bow we read about Ethan's feelings for Emme and understood where it came from But I don't feel the same way for Emme What she said definitively made sense and I know it was genuine Perhaps she didn't want to acknowledge her feelings and therefore that's why we didn't get but I thought it came a little bit out of the blue ^^; My second is wishful thinking on my part I wanted Take a Bow to be longer I loved everything about it but I can't help but think that if it was longer the book would be completed and perhaps we'd get development for Emme's feelings for Ethan P Seriously though I think Ms Eulberg should consider writing slightly longer book I really enjoyed Take a Bow and am recommending it to everyone It officially became one of my all time favorite YA novels and have propelled Ms Eulberg onto my auto buy author list P I hope everyone who gives it a go enjoys it as much as I did

Elizabeth Eulberg ☆ Take a Bow READER

PDF ↠ BOOK Take a Bow Æ HELPYOUANTIB ↠ [PDF / Epub] ★ Take a Bow Author Elizabeth Eulberg – Helpyouantib.co.uk Chasing fameChasing loveChasing a futureEmme 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 Chasing fChasing fameChasing loveChasing a futureEmme 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 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 booksMy 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 teenagers on their aspiring path to stardomTake a Bow is told through four alternating perspectives which I originally thought would be confusing but it works for this book The four teens are so different both in personalities and aspirations but their stories are weaved together perfectly Each of them are real and imperfect and relatable I was surprised by how uickly I became attached to all of them and how invested I became in rooting for them to reach their dreamsThe plot is so well paced that you will undoubtedly finish this book in one sitting And the music aspect was brilliant Even if you can't really hear the music you'll feel like you're soaking up in the melody anyways because of the flawless way the author described itBeautifully written and full of heart Take a Bow is a book that will bring a smile to your face and make you want to pursue your craziest dream I'd recommend it to all wholeheartedlyBUY or BORROW This book is made for those days when you just want to read something that's sweet and awesome and smile worthy That makes it buy worthy in my opinionPS I usually don't include uotes in my reviews but I just wanted to give you a taste of the awesomeness I'm trying to explain Here's one from Carter's point of view My diet has been a serious topic lately since the producers feel the need for my character to appear shirtless A lot Because most seventeen year old guys hang out at home in khakis and nothing else In one scene I take off my shirt before I open up a book I don't get it but apparently the viewers like it It's beyond embarrassing Carter page 54 in the ARC See what I mean ; Original review at Mimi Valentine's YA Review Blog