This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life

3.9 (26,453 ratings by Goodreads)
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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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 148 x 216 x 28mm | 372g
  • New York
  • English
  • 0374351384
  • 9780374351380
  • 323,430

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"The emotional resonance of Elise's journey . . . feels very much of the moment." --The New York Times "*Pulsates with hope for all the misfits." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review "*What sets this apart from so many problem novels is how honestly and deeply Sales probes the life of a miserable 16-year-old, from her cringe-worthy attempt at learning how to be popular to the observational, rather than emotional, look at what it feels like to be with a guy." --Booklist, starred review "*Pulsates with hope for all the misfits." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
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About Leila Sales

Leila Sales is the author of the novels Mostly Good Girls and Past Perfect. She grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. Much like the characters in This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila regularly stays up too late and listens to music too loud. When she's not writing, she spends her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, chocolate, and the meaning of life. But mostly chocolate. Leila lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York, and works in children's book publishing.
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3.9 out of 5 stars
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3 22% (5,763)
2 6% (1,658)
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Elise.. The overachiever reminds me remarkably of me.. It's hilarious that she wanted to win at everything because I am the same way. If I start a new hobby, I want to learn everything about it so I can master it. Elise is the same way and I love that. She also doesn't know too much about social interactions, which is also something I don't know too well of. Her insightful mind and view of herself and her world was just completely refreshing. Her demons were very similar to my demons and I'm certainly glad that she got through it. With the help of music and DJing, the title is completely literal and it saved her. I'm so wonderfully glad there's a teen character who felt real. She's not perfect at all, especially in the beginning when she attempts suicide. Some of the thoughts that she had felt realistic to someone who is going through depression. Being at such a low point in her life, you just wanted to hug her and tell her everything is going to be all right. Overall, a wonderful realistic read that you will definitely want to pick up. It's just that great and AHH I WANT EVERYONE TO READ IT. It's also the book that pretty much cemented me into enjoying contemporary.. *SHOCKED face* Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review from in exchange for an honest more
by Giselle SM
This book has some heavy issues, it's about bulling and suicide or attempted suicide. Elise is somewhat of an outcast in school and as the years go by she feels more and more isolated. Elise is at the end of her rope. She is contemplating suicide, when she stumbles upon an underground club, what she discovers changes her life. Music and DJing. There was some romance in the book but I liked how it didn't overshadow the whole story. This book was very uplifting and inspiring. Everyone in the book seemed so relatable. Especially Elise. That made it even harder to hear her struggles. I loved the quotes by famous bands in between each of the chapters. I also liked how her parents were a part of the book, they were not absent or messed up in some way, which I think a lot of parents or guardians are not really that helpful in young adult books, that I thought was really nice. Thank you to Farrar, Straus and Giroux /Netgalley for providing me this eARC for an honest more
by Sarah
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