Sunday, August 25, 2013

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Reading Source: NetGalley
Reading Level: 12+  
Grade Level: 7 +
Length: 288 pages 
Format: ebook
  Cover Art: 4/5
 Overall: 3/5  


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.

This book has some heavy issues, it's about bulling and suicide or attempted suicide.  

Elise is somewhat of an outcast in school and as the years go by she feels more and more isolated. Elise is at the end of her rope. She is contemplating suicide, when she stumbles upon an underground club, what she discovers changes her life.

Music and DJing. 

There was some romance in the book but I liked how it didn't overshadow the whole story. This book was very uplifting and inspiring. Everyone in the book seemed so relatable. Especially Elise. That made it even harder to hear her struggles. 

I loved the quotes by famous bands in between each of the chapters.

I also liked how her parents were a part of the book, they were not absent or messed up in some way, which I think a lot of parents or guardians are not really that helpful in young adult books, that I thought was really nice.

Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux /Netgalley for providing me this eARC for an honest review.

How awesome is this? The author has compiled a playlist on her website



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