Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life
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.
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux
Kat's Review
I've been getting very lucky with my book picks recently. Several winners in a row. This one is no exception. I loved it. I didn't love the main character right off the bat, but she grew on me, and by the end of the book I was firmly in her corner.

This is the story of a girl who doesn't fit in. Unlike so many books where the girl says she doesn't fit in but really everybody loves her and she's really just clueless, this girl doesn't fit in. She's sullen and awkward and tries sometimes to make friends, but doesn't really understand the whole dynamics of friendship. One of many lessons Elise learns.
I enjoyed the way this story unfolded. Outsider stumbles upon an underground party and finds that what makes her stand out is also what gets her accepted. I like that she found something she was good at, and that she had the self-confidence to pursue it, even though she probably wouldn't have looked at it like that at all.
We watch Elise lean to cope with complex social rules that she doesn't really understand. Her relationship with the DJ that gives her lessons was also a lesson in understanding gender issues, jealousy, and whether or not to dim your light when it makes the guy your like feel insecure.
Rating: All Consuming
This was a great read from start to finish, and I was sad to say good bye to Elise at the end. A great read.
I received a complimentary copy of this title from NetGalley & the publisher in return for an honest review.

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