This Song Will Save Your Life

Reviewed by Melanie on June 12, 2017

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When I first began this book, I honestly didn’t know if I would be able to finish it. I just finished Eliza and Her Monsters, and wasn’t sure if I could handled another heavy kind of book. After the first few chapters, I was hooked and listened as constantly as possible with two kids home on summer vacation.

Elise, like a lot of fifteen year old girls, struggles through the challenges of joint custody, high school, and trying to be “cool” when she’s always been precocious. After an attempt to get attention, Elise feels suffocated by her parents and sneaks out to take a walk around the neighborhood. She meets Vicky and Pippa, joins them on their way to an underground club, and discovered a passion she never expected. DJing.

Elise is a strong character. Even though she is sometimes intolerable with her selfishness, she deals with bullying, being unpopular, and living a double life. Social outcast by day, up and coming DJ on Thursday nights. Elise’s trials make her more interesting and a character who will stick with me in the future.

This Song Will Save Your Life Book Cover This Song Will Save Your Life
Leila Sales
Young Adult, Contemporary, Music, Realistic Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Coming of Age, High School, Teen
Listening Library
May 27, 2014
Audiobook

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, Leila Sales' THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

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