Review: ‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ by Leila Sales

I received this book for free from gift in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ by Leila SalesThis Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on September 17th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 279
Format: Hardcover
Source: gift
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.

About Leila Sales

Leila Sales is the author of many critically acclaimed young adult novels, including Tonight the Streets Are Ours and This Song Will Save Your Life. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit her at

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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


I like that you’re honest. Some girls might claim to be older, you know, so they seem more mature or whatever. You’re not pretending to be anything you’re not. (66)
I suck at pretending to be anything I’m not. (66)
I liked projects where I could take things apart and figure out exactly how they worked. The problem is, you can’t do that with people. (70)
I can teach myself anything. Well, almost anything. (87)
Sometimes you just have those days where everything goes wrong. But sometimes, and totally unexpectedly, something can go right. (89)
There are some people who want to win at whatever they do, even if the things they do are not the sort of things one wins at. (106)
I don’t need a makeover. I’m happy with myself the way I am. (114)
Who had don’t this, and why? Who would possibly expend the time and energy just to hurt me this much? (139)
I liked the idea of simply not having to be here anymore, not having to deal with life. As of death could be just an extended vacation. (145)
They’re jealous of you because you’re smart and you’re talented and you know who you are. (154)
Popularity rewards the uninteresting. (206)
The world embraces ordinary. The world will never embrace you. (211)
Sometimes you have to give up something you are to get to who you want to be. (220)
Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that it’s you. That isn’t you at all. (241)
People are who they are, try as you might, you cannot make them be what you want them to be. (271)

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