REVIEW: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life

Author: Leila Sales

Pages: 288

Summary: 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.

Rating: 5/5

I’m this weird, awkward 17-year-old girl with love for indie music and music in general and also books and writing. I’m this half-depressed girl that doesn’t have a lot of friends (I have two. One of them lives two hours away and the other three hours away). I’m a girl who’s been bullied and still is, even though it’s mostly ignoring now. I don’t know what you count that as. I’m a girl with a dream of becoming a singer one day, even if I’m coming from a country barely anyone has  ever heard of and I don’t even know what to do about it. I’m a girl that’s different from everyone in this town and a bit wise for her age. People don’t like me. Some of them decided they don’t like me from the moment they’ve laid their eyes on me, mostly because they heard something for someone who heard it from someone. I live in a small town and the music they listen to here is horrible for me and for my ears (they’re not even english songs/music it’s something much much much worse) so I stick to my indie stuff. I listen to The xx., Ellie Goulding, The Temper Trap, The Smiths, The Cure and I’m sticking out. So to say that I connected with Elise completely, would be an understatement.

This book is everything. It got me hooked from the very start. Elise’s problems were my problems so understanding her was a piece of cake. I wanted to hug her and tell her that it’ll be okay, even if I didn’t believe it for myself either. The beginning was sad, depressing even, and it made me wonder if the whole book will be like that because I didn’t find out much from the blurb. But I was relieved when the sad point in a story wasn’t as heavy as at the beginning. I keep seeing people saying how sad this book is but, maybe it’s my fucked up mind, but I didn’t find it as sad, except the beginning. Yes, there were sad parts through it, but it wasn’t so bad. Okay, I’m not making sense right now, but what I’m trying to say right now is that it wasn’t as depressing as I expected it to be, which is good, I guess. It was brilliant in every way though. It kept me turning pages of my ebook version and I’d read it faster if it wasn’t for the school and commitments.

The songs in this book are so damn brilliant that I’ve made 3 hours and 32 minutes long playlist as soon as finished it. It made me discover new/old songs, remind me of ones I haven’t heard in a while and made me listen to the songs I love all over again. You couldn’t find a better book for me. If there is a music and a character I can relate to  in almost everything, it’s sure to be a hit. Thank you, Leila Sales, for writing this wonderful novel. I can’t even think of what to say anymore because this touched me and it’ll stay with me forever. I’ll reread it over and over again, and I can’t wait to do that.

I wish I could say more, but I’m still in awe, even though I finished it hours ago. I don’t think I’ll get over this. I’d recommend it to everyone. It’s such a wonderful book, you won’t do wrong if you decide to read it.


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