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September 25, 2013

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales 
Publication date: September 17, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Contemporary)
Source: Publisher 
Format: ARC
Pages: 288
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.
Being a fan of realistic fiction, I was excited to dive into this book. I have read a couple of great reviews before starting it, and I'm glad to say I was not disappointed! This Song Will Save Your Life talks about 16 year old Elise Dembowski, who has been a loner throughout her life. One summer, she was determined to learn "how" to become popular. Elise bought new clothes, learnt all the music, read all the fashion magazines, and so on. Too bad for her, things don't go as well as she expected when school started. What I liked about Elise is that she tried, and when it didn't work, she stopped. I did not want this book to be all about how she fits in, and gladly, it wasn't it. It was much more than that.
Being in high school myself, I know how intimidating it can be. There are so many different people, and it takes time to actually find the people you click with. I understood Elise, and I was able to relate with her and understand her struggles. Elise is a brave character, and that's what I really liked about her. She had her music, and that's what kept her going. One night, she stumbles across a warehouse party, and that's when her world starts changing. It's great to see how you can change your life by doing what you love. Elise's passion and love for music was so strong, it was understandable that she only needed it to be happy. There were a lot of emotional parts in this book, but it just makes it much more realistic. I wasn't much a fan of the romance, but it wasn't much of a problem for me.
Overall, This Song Will Save Your Life is a book about the teenage struggles, friendship, and doing what you love. I think it's a fantastic and inspiring book that all teenagers should get a chance to read. The characters were great, and there was no 'boring' part in the book. I will definitely be checking Leila Sales' other book, because I loved this one!


  1. I'm glad it's not all about a girl's quest to fit in but learning how to accept herself. There's nothing more tiring than reading an entire novel about the trials and tribulations of a wannabe. I'm looking forward to reading this book!

  2. I like the sounds of this. I do have it too, and I am looking forward to reading a little more now, knowing a little more of what it is about. Great review.

  3. I am glad you liked this. I've been seeing it around quite a bit. After reading your review, I just might have to check this one out.

  4. This is my first tie hearing of this, but I do have a thing for realistic fiction. I think I might add it to my tbr :) Great review!

  5. I have heard of this one and every one seem to enjoy it. Honestly I'm happy that for once things are different. I'm getting really tired of same old wanna be stories with girls that are different but do everything to change themselves. Finally someone is learning how to accept what she is. Great review :)

  6. Yay! Great review. I'm so glad you loved it too. I just thought it was perfect. <3 Sigh. Just wish the romance had been better; with a different male character ;p Thank you for sharing. <3:)

  7. I'm so glad that you enjoyed this book too Farah, I agree it definitely is a really inspiring story! I definitely encourage you in giving Sales book Past Perfect a go, I really enjoyed it and it is a much fun and light hearted read! Great review!

  8. I think I'd really connect with Elise. She sounds like someone many teenagers can relate with :)

  9. So happy to see that you enjoyed reading the book! Isn't it wonderful that this book is not about trying to fit in? YAY to being true to who we are and doing what we love! :)

  10. I'm glad you enjoyed this. I hope to read it eventually. Nice review!!

  11. Ooh, definitely picking this up for realism and music. Great review!

  12. Ooo! I love the sound of the one. Thanks for reviewing it! :) I am a fun of realistic fiction as well and always looking for new books to add to my TBR pile.

    Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

  13. Nice review. Can't wait to read this one - it's in my TBR pile!