Thu, September 19, 2013

This Song Will Save Your Life Review

This Song Will Save Your Life book cover

This Song Will Save Your Life book cover

This Song Will Save Your Life
By Leila Sales
Publication date: Sept. 17, 2013
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 288 pages
Source: Publisher

Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

— Goodreads.com description

What a melancholy, beautiful and real story this is! I’ve adored Leila Sales for ages — Past Perfect and Mostly Good Girls are both amazing – but This Song Will Save Your Life really took things to a new level.

This Song Will Save Your Life is about finding an escape — something to help lift the weight from your shoulders and broaden your horizons.

For Elise, that escape is music, which makes this book a must for you music lovers. It celebrates music’s transformative and healing powers in a really lovely way.

It also celebrates being different, which is partly why it felt like such a “real” story. Everything Elise experience was amplified for the sake of storytelling, but it still reminded me of what it felt like to be a teenager. I had a lot of emo teen feelings as I read: anxiety, annoyance, excitement, judgment, anger.

Very well done, Leila Sales! Check this one out for sure, you guys.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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6 Comments

  1. Sash from Sash and Em said:

    YES!

    Now, I must go read her other books too – I loved her writing. 🙂

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  2. We Heart YA said:

    Sounds like it’s a good friendship-based story too, which are often our faves! (Not every relationship-driven story has to be romantic!)

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  3. kay said:

    I agree, I really felt like she wrote Elise close to reality. It’s one of my favorite YA contemporary novels this year.

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  5. Sophie Hedley said:

    I love the sound of this book. 🙂

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  6. Jess @ Gone with the Words said:

    I totally also felt all the emo teenage feels with this one! So well done. 🙂

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