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

15777621Making 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.


I loved this book so so much. This book was me, this book was absolutely relatable in every single aspect. We follow Elise Dembowski as she tries her hardest to fit in at school during her sophomore year. She tries her best, but she realizes that her efforts are doing her no good, so she decides that there is only one solution- suicide. Right after her attempt, she calls a girl to tell her what she did, wanting attention, wanting someone to pay attention to her. The girl calls the police and, Elise is put on suicide watch. After the incident, Elise sneaks out of her house every night and walks around town. One night, she stumbles on Vicky and Pippa, who show her the way to Start, a warehouse party. She meets the DJ, Char, and learns how to DJ from him. And she finds herself at Start, too.

I loved this story majorly because of two reasons:

  1. Elise’s relationship with Char wasn’t a relationship that saved her from herself. You know what kind I mean, the one where the girl is cured as soon as she gets with the guy- no. It wasn’t a relationship that did anything, really. All it did was depict how desperate Elise was for love and affection; so desperate she would take it from anyone. And I think that’s really powerful and one of my favorite aspects of the book.
  2. This Song Will Save Your Life depicted Elise’s love for music and DJing so amazingly. It showed the readers that we all can find happiness in ourselves, rather than in other people. Elise became so strong in her love for becoming a DJ, and you can tell how much she grew as a character from it.

At the end of the story, I was smiling like a fool. Because this is one of the most hopeful, most empowering YA contemporary books I’ve read. It let me know that no matter what it is, no matter what happened, you can climb out and smile at the crowd and say, “Yes. I did it.”

But don’t take my word for it- go read and and tell me about it! Did you guys like this book? Did any of you read it? TALK TO ME.

5/5 5/5 5/5 5/5


Last review I did: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews.

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