This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life

Book rating: 04 Paperback

By (author) Leila Sales

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  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 18mm | 217g
  • Publication date: 10 October 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1447252837
  • ISBN 13: 9781447252832
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 5,865

Product description

The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist: an isolated teen finds herself - and romance - through music. All her life, Elise Dembowski has been an outsider. Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last - but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. Then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time, and finding her true passion - DJing. But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise?

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Author information

Leila Sales grew up outside Boston, USA, and graduated from the University of Chicago. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works as an editor for Penguin Children's Books. She has a website:, tweets @LeilaSalesBooks and is on Facebook: LeilaWrites. She has published two previous novels, Mostly Good Girls and Past Perfect.

Customer reviews

By Inês Gueifão 28 Jul 2014 5

I'm going to be 100% honest here: I only bought this book because 1) I needed 5 books in order to get Amazon's free shipping (when it was still a thing), 2) I absolutely loved the cover and 3) the title reminded me of my favourite song by Simple Plan. I didn't know it was about DJing until I actually had the book in my hands. If I had known that, I think I wouldn't have bought it.

I'm also going to be 100% honest here: I absolutely 100%+ loved this book. Again, I related deeply to Elise, in regards to being the outcast, feeling like I want to die but at the same time don't and the actual falling for a DJ kind of thing. It hit some of my own private feelings that I try to ignore but can't because they are a part of who I am, whether I like it or not. And that's probably why I liked this book: in a way, I'm still the old Elise and I need to find my own true love that will save me from myself. I don't mean a boyfriend (let's face it: a boy didn't save Elise and a boy won't save me), I mean my hobby, my THING.

This being said, I highly recommend the book to all of us who don't thing we'll make it and who want to disappear without the actual dying part. You are also Elise. Elise used to be one of us.

By Maria 23 Nov 2013 3

Leila Sales has created an enjoyable story based on a not so enjoyable topic by carefully constructing the plot to tell the story of a troubled teenager.

Elise is a typical teenager however her issues of school and friends go deeper into a dark side of emotions. Sales has cleverly planned out chapter 1 because by the end of it we already have a good idea of what type of character Elise is. We follow her through the book as she tackles problems of school and being alone but most importantly as a person she feels like she can not be herself which I feel the target audience is suitable because as teenagers they can relate to her.

Although it is an enjoyable book, I did have a few problems. Firstly, I found that a few situations within the book aren't very believable, whether that was just my opinion or not I found this kind of put the book down in way of it's realistic views. Secondly, Elise's sister, Alex, who is 7 years-old speaks more maturely for her age as she seems to have a very mature personality. This didn't ruin the book though as it's only a small thing.

The most entertaining event throughout the book was the DJ part because I absolutely loved reading into the technical side and being able to learn at the same time as the character.

Overall an easy read novel, more suited to teenagers.

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'if you like good, character-driven contemporary YA, read TSWSYL' Sarra Manning 'a beautiful book about the power of music' Lauren Oliver 'this book spoke to me on so many levels. I wish I'd had it as a teen' Marissa Meyer