Thursday, May 1, 2014

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Pages: 279

Received: Barnes and Noble

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

                     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.

My Thoughts:

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What an amazing and inspiring book! This story is emotional and makes you think twice about how you should be lucky about the life you have. The main character, Elise, is very relatable and I can just feel for the character. 
The struggles she faces by daring to be herself is heartbreaking. I thought it was just going to be a whole sad story, but it’s uplifting and inspirational. 

Finding a place that you feel is “yours” is like Elise’s DJ booth. I was extremely happy for her and almost felt the tears coming. I guess you can call this a “coming of age” novel, as well.
The novel is truthful to old cliches of being in high school and the people in it. If you read the first part, you might have to think about putting it down, but DON’T! It’s scary how realistic this book can be to this century, and how we can’t seem to fix it. 

I’m almost positive this will impact other reader’s lives and think about their past. This book was written beautifully and I recommend it, if you want a sometimes sad, but heartwarming novel. This novel is worth burning your chicken and opening the book instead!


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