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.
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on September 17th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
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