25 Feb 2018


Book Review / This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

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.

Published:     17th September 2013
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Series or Stand-Alone:  Stand-Alone
Source:  Library



What I liked about this story...  We follow Elise in this story where at the beginning she is very depressed and contemplates (and nearly succeeds) in committing suicide.  As the story goes along, we see Elise discover her love for DJing and see her learning to love herself and to live her life.

What I didn't like about this story...   Elise is 16 years old.  She is clearly depressed to the point of suicide yet none of her family seem aware of how unhappy she is. That said, she may have been good at hiding how she feels but I found it odd that none of her family noticed anything.  Elise then turns to sneaking out of the house every night once everyone has gone to sleep and that is when she discovers the nightclub where she starts to be a DJ.  Again, surely she would have got caught out sooner or later for sneaking out?  Lastly, at the point in the story where the parents find out what she has been doing, yes there is a slight punishment but that was soon waived to allow her to continue what she has been sneaking behind their backs to do all along and everyone lives happy ever after. 

I am afraid that I have to put this book in the category of 'this book was not for me but I might have liked it more if I had read it when I was younger'.