This Song Will Save Your Life – Albawater.co

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 DJingTold 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


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  1. Emily May Emily May says:

    Don t be special That s what I would say to my younger self if I could pinpoint the moment when I went astray But there was no one moment I was always astray.Uh oh Brace yourself, fellow fiction lovers, I m about to tell you a true story My own, in fact So, I was kind of a weird kid And I had one hell of a bad time in school I m talking particularly about when I was aged 11 16 I was that special breed of socially clueless where I simply just didn t get it I didn t know how to not b Don t be special That s what I would say to my younger self if I could pinpoint the moment when I went astray But there was no one moment I was always astray.Uh oh Brace yourself, fellow fiction lovers, I m about to tell you a true story My own, in fact So, I was kind of a weird kid And I had one hell of a bad time in school I m talking particularly about when I was aged 11 16 I was that special breed of socially clueless where I simply just didn t get it I didn t know how to not be weird, I didn t know what the right thing was to say, I didn t understand why it wasn t okay to put my hand up and tell the teacher I d finished the work twenty minutes before the lesson ended So I walked around that school with a sign around my neck that said victim and I didn t know how to get rid of it They called me fat, they hated my hair, they called me frigid one minute and a slut the next, they walked into me on purpose, they knocked my things on the floor, they dared boys to ask me out just to see if I would believe them And every time I would change I kept thinking there was some unwritten rule that I just had to figure out and then I would be the person they wanted me to be What I didn t understand until a long time after is that everything I did broke the one social rule above all others I cared too much People latch onto things so quickly in high school Sometimes it was a twisted version of the truth about something I d said or done other times I couldn t even imagine where the rumour came from, it was a complete lie that was complete truth by lunchtime I wonder if Ms Sales has experienced this herself because Elise s story so closely resembles the reality It s so honest It says the things that uplifting books about bullying never say People are always saying that you have to tell someone, that s supposed to be the first crucial step But the reality is that no amount of phone calls from your parents or meetings with teachers can change the way people see you or change the person you are This book shows that And, in reality, the bullied kid doesn t turn up in the end dressed like Sandy from Grease with the winning lottery ticket in their hand, laughing at all the people who made fun of them In real life, there is no revenge but not only that, and this is the thing every bullied kid doesn t like to admit, but there s no desire for revenge When you play out that scenario in your head of the mean kids changing their mind and deciding to ask you to join their little clique, you don t imagine yourself saying no and laughing in their faces The sad awful thing about it is that you would be grateful Fucking grateful that someone actually thinks you re alright.The parallels I drew between this book and my life left me in awe If you replaced music with books, then Sales could very well be telling the story of my life for 90% of the novel I recognised every single character, I related to every single emotion Elise had It was a painful journey but strangely incredible as well, to see the way you felt shared by someone else even a fictional person This is a raw, moving, fantastic book that still manages to drop in some humour despite being much darker than readers will expect from the author This is something I have to stress it s completely unlike Past Perfect and Mostly Good Girls If you re wantinglike that, you re going to be disappointed.There was another aspect of this book that hit close to home and it happens early enough that I don t consider it a spoiler to talk about it During my time in school, I had one last thing that I clung to my grades They were good And in my head they were my ticket away from all the crap of school I would get a good job and never have to worry about this shit again But this one afternoon, I went into class and we got our grades back from our coursework And I got a B I know what you re thinking, haha, a B A B big fucking deal, right And it should have been nothing It would have been nothing, a minuscule drop in the ocean of life Except no, because that drop landed in an ocean that was on the brink of overflowing And I walked out of the classroom that day, just got up and walked out and walked I noticed the exact same number of miles that Elise walked 5 until I got home One difference between the two of us was that she got a razor and I got pills The other difference is that she didn t go through with it I did There s a lot I regret about that day, about how selfish I was and how, in that moment, I didn t think about a single other human being Most of all, I regret that my ten year old sister was the one to find me I regret that she had to be the one to call my mum at work and tell her that her daughter had tried to do something unthinkable I remember the looks on their faces afterwards when they heard of that B, the question hung in the air who does something like this because they got a B I didn t know how to tell them that it wasn t the B It wasn t a thing or a person or a moment that I could point to It was everything And I think This Song Will Save Your Life captures that feeling perfectly The feeling of many small things building over time until the weight of them becomes too much On their own, they re nothing It s pathetic to even make a big deal about any single one of them but together, they re suffocating.I m sorry if you re not a fan of very personal reviews but this was a very personal read for me, it was inevitable I ve thought about this rating really hard and I ve pulled apart my decision to give it five stars because I ve always given out the full rating sparingly But I think, looking back, this book was really special for me And not just for me Looking at it as objectively as is humanly possible, I think this book managed to be a lot of things emotional, sad, funny, honest and inspiring I noticed how well drawn each character was, even the secondary characters Each relationship was important in its own way and wasn t neglected, this book actually had several small stories going on that together made up the whole And the conclusion didn t try to convince me that everything changes and people walk off into the sunset holding hands and smiling Many people didn t change and the bad guys didn t learn their lesson, but I appreciated that touch of realism a lot .I ve rarely felt so relieved that a character got where they needed to be despite everything bad that had happened to them Elise has a special place in my heart, as does this book In case you were wondering, I got to where I needed to be too And my ten year old sister and I talked a lot about what happened she s now a beautiful and talented sixteen year old and my closest friend catharsisBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Tumblr


  2. Navessa Navessa says:

    I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review After reading Emily s brave and beautifully honest review of this book I really wanted to read it Where she spoke about how much she related to Elise because she was like Elise, I d like to speak from the opposite end of the spectrum because I don t think you have to have been in Elise s shoes to appreciate her story or her struggles You see, I was definitely not this main character in high school I was popular I was outgoing I stuck up I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review After reading Emily s brave and beautifully honest review of this book I really wanted to read it Where she spoke about how much she related to Elise because she was like Elise, I d like to speak from the opposite end of the spectrum because I don t think you have to have been in Elise s shoes to appreciate her story or her struggles You see, I was definitely not this main character in high school I was popular I was outgoing I stuck up for myself at loud volumes I played sports, had a ton of friends, got invited to parties, was the runner up to prom queen my senior year, dated older guys, won best dressed in the year book, you get the picture Now put your damn pitchfork down, I wasn t a mean girl either I hung out with everyone And I mean everyone In part this was because I never felt like there was one group that was really for me but also I was just highly social because I come from a massive and loud family and organized chaos is kind of a theme in my life Having friends that were hippies and jocks and punks and Goths and geeks was just an extension of that chaos and so I bounced from one group to another and back again pretty regularly But you see, even surrounded by people, I was still lonely sometimes Even surrounded by people, I felt like I didn t belong sometimes While my friends talked about boys and movies and music and Oh my god, did you hear about I dreamt of a world in which vampires stalked the night and the howls of werewolves echoed through the forest that surrounded my house While sitting in class I relived the last chapters I had read before falling asleep the night before In my mind, battles between orcs and elves took place on blood drenched fields while dragons winged past overhead Every day I counted down the hours until I could get home and continue reading because the world I lived in while I was shut up in my room was infinitelymagical than the one I lived in outside of it None of my friends knew about my obsession What I m trying to say is that even if you aren t outwardly similar to Elise, on some basic level you ll relate to and empathize with her because at its core, this book is about being different It s about being lonely and misunderstood Who of us hasn t felt that way at one point or another This book is also about acceptance, growth and self actualization It s about finding something that helps define who you are as a person It s about that thing, that onethingthat s yours and yours alone For Elise it s DJing For me, it was reading For you it was probably something else, maybe video games, maybe drawing, maybe singing but it was that one thing that gave you something to get lost in It was a place to forget about who you were and who you were supposed to be and what people thought of you and what you thought of you You probably want to know about the plot huh I well you see hmmm Okay, so I took pages of reading notes while devouring this novel but I don t even know how to translate them into something coherent here because they re pretty much nothing but my feelings And I m sure you don t want to read paragraphs of First I was sad, then I was so just know that this book made me not only feel but it made me think It brought me back to those awkward phases in my life and made me thankful all over again that reading allowed me the escape I so desperately needed It made me remember all those moments that I made selfish decisions and took for granted the good things that were right in front of me It made me feel less alone in my actions and my regrets and it made me so happy and so thankful that I grew out of those stages and have become the woman I am today I don t want to go into too much detail about the plot or Elise s progression as a character because I honestly feel that as much as I loved this book, my reflections on it might dissuade someone from reading this and that I don t want Let me say this instead at times my heart was broken for Elise and at others I wanted to throttle her but it s okay because I was meant to feel these things and I enjoyed every damn emotion Even when I was so anxious I sort of wanted to throw up Even when I was so mad for Elise that I wanted to scissor kick someone in her defense Even when I was so sad I wanted to cry and even when I was so happy I wanted to do the same Just just read it, okay Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest


  3. Angela Angela says:

    At the end of January I asked my friends on goodreads to recommend me their favorite books the books that brought them to tears I got A TON of responses messages, comments, direct recommendations So I decided to pick the ones that were most recommended and do a massive book haul just off books recommended to me I got around 15 books One of the books that was suggested several times to me was This Song Will Save Your Life.I was really skeptical at first about reading this because the first At the end of January I asked my friends on goodreads to recommend me their favorite books the books that brought them to tears I got A TON of responses messages, comments, direct recommendations So I decided to pick the ones that were most recommended and do a massive book haul just off books recommended to me I got around 15 books One of the books that was suggested several times to me was This Song Will Save Your Life.I was really skeptical at first about reading this because the first one of these recommended books I read I was let down by This isn t the case with this book Even though This Song Will Save Your Life was a suggested book, recently I ve decided to go into books blind So within the first few chapters I was really shocked about what this story turned into When the issue happens and then is carried throughout the story I never originally saw it coming It hit me hard too Pretty sure I saidsomeone call a barista because this roast just got darkAnd I was worried that this heavy cloud was going to rain all over this book parade for me It didn t If my bookshelf at home wasn t arranged in alphabetical order than I put place this book right beside The Truth About Alice I wouldthan likely say they were sister reads as well This book hit my heart the same way that story did Because Elise is someone I could easily relate to Her struggles were some of the same I had to face when I was in high school Elise s character development doesn t truly start toward close to the end of this story and I that would normally be a turn off for me, but it wasn t The fact that it started so late into her story reminded me so much of my own life tale because my character development didn t start till later either I was also very lucky for two reasons in high school one that I had my very own Vicky and two I was wise enough at the time to know that high school wasn t going to determine the rest of my life I only had one real friend in high schoolwho is still my best friend , who didn t judge me, didn t care that I wasn t the popular girl, didn t care that I wasn t interested in designer jeans, and was completely fine with my head always being in clouds because I m a special breed of weird Books like This Song Will Save Your Life and The Truth About Alice are books that I wish were written and read when I was in school They are coming of ages stories that just SHOULDN T be missed I m writing this short and vague review just to rant in general about the amazing ness that is this book In hopes that you will just go out and buy it yourself People will relate in some way to this book There s at least one character in this book that you know in real life Or that you might even have been at some point Good or bad On top of all the wonderful things this book has to offer it also managed to flawlessly intertwine music into it Being a big music person, going to a school of the arts, and taking so many theory classes I was relieved to find myself not having any complaints about it.I m so thankful I was recommended this story A story with a strong lead, a strong plot, and a stronger messageYou think it s so easy to change yourself You think it s so easy, but it s not True, things don t stay the same forever couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable And isn t that just you enoughThis Song Will Save Your Life isn t the perfect book, but it has the perfect message This was a book that I thought was going to be slammed with mess, mix messages, and tons of cliches It wasn t


  4. Kathylill Kathylill says:

    When I first read those glowing 5 star reviews I was hooked I couldn t wait to get my hands on this book as soon as it came out Such high expectations Sadly this is not for me How bizarre that I really couldn t connect to it and this story s main character I don t like this girl, really I think she is blas , she is a flake and most of all I hate her for her attitude because she is oh so specialI was born to be unpopularSo starts the story of Elise Dembowski, sweet sixteen b When I first read those glowing 5 star reviews I was hooked I couldn t wait to get my hands on this book as soon as it came out Such high expectations Sadly this is not for me How bizarre that I really couldn t connect to it and this story s main character I don t like this girl, really I think she is blas , she is a flake and most of all I hate her for her attitude because she is oh so specialI was born to be unpopularSo starts the story of Elise Dembowski, sweet sixteen but sadly nobody sees her that way She is bullied, has no friends and her parents are divorced She is the one that sits alone in the school bus How pathetic Guess what If you wouldn t listen to your iPod with the earphones constantly plugged in and instead smile once in a while to people, they might actually talk to you Everybody I know, really everybody has embarrassing moments in his life and pictures and memories and scars to show for it It s called childhood and it s called growing up And to think that you re so special nobody will ever like you for you, that is just simply stupid and arrogant For someone who gets bullied, misunderstood and is constantly underestimated at school I thought she might know how wrong it is to being judged by others because of your looks and outward appearance But noooohooo for our special Elise all people around her are just stupid, idiots or bitches She is as much a snob if not worse as anybody else I was working on my combination when my friends showed up You know, Chava and Sally Those friends Just the people I wanted to see I said to them, and I wasn t even sarcastic for onceFrom the first page to the last she kept judging people, her friends and even the boy she made out with, everybody For example Her cool indie rock is so much better than the popular music The one thing I couldn t bring myself to do was listen to the music I tried, for nearly an hour Then I gave uo It was bad Not even interesting bad The popular music wasn t interesting bad, it was bad bad Auto Tuned vocalists who couldn t really sing offensively simplistic instrumentation grating melodies Like they thought we were stupid. Really Just because I like to listen or dance to pop music once in a while you oh so special girl can call me stupid and brainless Elise s attitude is so offensive to me because the majority of people and especially my friends like all kinds of music I like to listen to live jazz in a smoky bar, go to classic guitar concerts, I enjoy opera but I really love a DJ who can make me dance with house music I like indie rock as well as hip hop and don t you dare tell me I am brainless and offend you because I like listening to popular music So, because she is this spectacular music genius, after a few hours of practicing she is this AWESOME DJane at this AWESOME underground club, at 16 Suuuure But not enough, she also gets a job offer after only a few weeks of half an hour appearances as DJ for the whole Friday night putting on music until early morning Seriously Are fucking kidding me Maybe that is news to you, but at this age and according to youth labor laws that also apply in the USA as far as I know this is prohibited it is called Young Persons Protection of Employment Act I believe it is liable to prosecution to put 16 year olds to work after 8 pm But our Elise is soooo special she is even better than DJ Char, the boy who she made out with during the last weeks, who showed her how to DJ and gave her an opportunity to perform as one in the first place Pete took a swig of ginger ale If you re saying that you re sure I could find some thirty six year old guy who s spun Love Will Tear Us Apart so many times that he s able to play Tetris in his phone while he s DJing, while chugging Red Bull so he can stay awake until four am, then yeah.I m sure I could find that guy, too But, Elise, believe me when I tell you this your talent, your natural talent, puts Char s to shameAgain our oh so special Elise is better than anybody else even her mentor DJ Char and the Underground Friday Party Night in an old warehouse will be promoted with her picture and her name online in the local newspaper Let me tell you this No DJ will attract a crowd because he is an upstart But of cause special DJ Elise does And last but not least Prince DJ Char ming turns out to be Michael who works as server in Antonio s Pizzeria and who is only a part time student at the college That was Char It was all laid out for me across the Internet It was a simple portrait of a person, like a million other people, and I felt the magic of Char float off into the air, as if I d blown on a pile of dust.After I had learned all I cared about Michael Kirkby, I looked up my own name The first two search result were the same as always But the third result was different Elise Dembowski suicide had fallen down on the list The third thing that came up when I typed my own name was Elise Dembowski DJ I stared at my computer screen for a long moment, and I smiledYou know what Elise fuck you and your attitude You are nothing special You are like a million other people out there and maybe just maybe I suggest you talk to people instead of judging them Maybe Michael has a reason for his way of life But you never cared to know, because you didn t even want to know his real name Maybe you should careabout friends and family instead of destroying your sister s castle and being sarcastic and dismissive to your dad and the people who actually care about you throughout this story I really get that she has a hard life in high school, that she doesn t like her class mates and being called lesbo because she doesn t wear a bra at age 16, well it s not funny but girl really wear a bra, those boobs bounce and jingle and make 16 year old boys all kinds of horny and say all kinds of nasty things to you Being 33 years old I can honestly say I am glad I am out of school It was a horrible experience sometimes at least for me But this novel gives young adults the wrong idea that if you are an outsider you are special and you just go out at night walk into an underground club and you ll see how everything changes like in a fairy tale And no, this is not true Because I went out at night, and I did go to parties and I met all kinds of wrong people, started taking drugs and have meaningless sex with boys I never met before And the way Elise takes is not right her nightly adventures, her making out with Char, sneaking out of the house in the middle of the night Everybody is special Everybody has something good to show, everybody has gone through life altering moments as well Maybe some people were popular in school But even they had heartbreak, or have lost dear ones, or have a problematic family situation It just takes talking to them to get to know people and it takes courage to open up and to confide in others But sadly our special Elise didn t really learn this lesson


  5. Elise (TheBookishActress) Elise (TheBookishActress) says:

    So, fun fact this is the first book I ever read with a character named Elise who wasn t an Archetypal Mean Girl And oddly enough, this Elise is one of the most relatable characters I ve ever read about She s so much like me, like any of us who didn t grow up popular, that it s almost terrifyingSometimes 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 belie So, fun fact this is the first book I ever read with a character named Elise who wasn t an Archetypal Mean Girl And oddly enough, this Elise is one of the most relatable characters I ve ever read about She s so much like me, like any of us who didn t grow up popular, that it s almost terrifyingSometimes 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 isn t you That isn t you at allSo, yes, Elise is the stereotypical high school unpopular girl, but it s explored in a way that feels so muchreal than any other books I ve read about the topic She s not unpopular because of one specific Mean Girl ruining her life everyone thinks of her as fundamentally lesser Her socially acceptable actions are framed as weird because she s the weird girl She can t win Elise is a character who is trying to be liked, but isn t good enough at hiding her inner self It helps that the author conveys the school environment so well the friends of convenience, the fake niceties Even the school mean girls feel completely true to life, rather than being caricatures Elise s struggles spoke to me on such a deep levelYou think it s so easy to change yourself You think it s so easy, but it s not True, things don t stay the same forever couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable And isn t that just you enoughThe most relatable aspect to me was Elise s need to escape herself by visiting a local DJ club Maybe it sounds cheesy, but she needs to escape She s trapped in her life and she just wants to be out Above all else, I related to this The author does such a good job conveying that feeling of wanting to escape and be someone else, someone above it all and on top of her life and farpersonable, just to be her for a little while And you know what else I liked That she doesn t end the book by making the friends she needs and riding off into the sunset The conclusion of this novel is far less Explicit Narrative Punishment than most would be What stuck out to me most of all was how the author validates Elise s feelings At no point do we get some decrying of Elise for being petty and leaving the school that s not the story Leila Sales wants Elise, as a character, is given farnarrative and personal agency than characters in YA contemporary often are Above all else, This Song Will Save Your Life is a personal story It s poignant and full of vivid characters, an easy read and a memorable one So why didn t this book get five stars One thing and one thing only the romance plotline I can t deal with an underage girl x college age guy romance Elise is sixteen She is SIXTEEN How is this even in the realm of okay It s nasty, frankly Yeah, their relationship is consensual and he doesn t know her age, but the age gap is still pretty gross That disgust kept me from enjoying this book nearly as much as I wanted to VERDICT Aside from the one terrible romance factor, this book was near perfect I think this would work for all ages, though teens will connect to itThis Song Will Save Your Life is an absolutely amazing story about growing up on the outside, and I can t recommend it enough


  6. Giselle Giselle says:

    What an amazing, awe inspiring book This Song Will Save Your Life is emotional and beautiful a story that will bring out your happy tears by its conclusion Once in a while there are books where you get to fully and completely connect to the main character to such a degree that you experience it all as if it was your own story with your own emotions This was one of those books for me Elise made it incredibly easy to love her She s funny and smart, but she has never fit in with her classmates What an amazing, awe inspiring book This Song Will Save Your Life is emotional and beautiful a story that will bring out your happy tears by its conclusion Once in a while there are books where you get to fully and completely connect to the main character to such a degree that you experience it all as if it was your own story with your own emotions This was one of those books for me Elise made it incredibly easy to love her She s funny and smart, but she has never fit in with her classmates She has an artist s soul, giving all her passion to what she loves not awarding great importance to frivolous things like fashion or gossip unsurprisingly makes her an outcast at school The struggles she faces by daring to be herself is heartbreaking Leila did a great job at making this major part in the story all so very real and relatable While it had the potential to be an overwhelmingly sad story, instead it focuses on being uplifting, even inspirational Elise never loses track of who she is, keeping her focus on what makes her happy instead of giving up She is an amazing person through and through regardless of her flaws Her doubts, insecurities, and fears captures the feelings of not fitting in to a T When Elise does find out where she belongs by doing something she loves being a DJ I felt so extremely happy for her Think about a time you got some great news that made you giddy happy the rest of the day This was how I felt by the end of this book, complete with happy tears blurring the words Not even kidding, I could feel the energy of the crowd and the adrenaline pounding Elise s heart with thrill and nervous energy in those moments in the DJ booth Along the way we meet some witty, energetic characters to color these pages Even with the smallest of roles bouncer Mel for instance they brighten the story every chance they get This novel is honest in its entirety, not just with the depiction of high school Leila approaches romance and sex in a very realistic light, for one It s not always black and white with happily ever afters Sometimes romance is just an experience unclear and lustful, not all empowering love I also appreciated that romance was not used nor needed to move this story Further, Elise has a wonderful family unit 2 actually that were a significant part of this novel Her mother s house is loud with family dinners and siblings that you grow to adore as much as she does Her father s house is where you get to veg on the couch silently, but together These are parents who are refreshingly understanding and supportive of their kids passion I loved this, it completed the package I do think this novel will impact someprofoundly than others, likely dependent on your own high school experience and identity No matter, it s beautifully written with so much heart a book well worth your time An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.Forof my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads


  7. Aj the Ravenous Reader Aj the Ravenous Reader says:

    You think it s so easy to change yourself You think it s so easy, but it s not True, things don t stay the same forever couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable And isn t thaYou think it s so easy to change yourself You think it s so easy, but it s not True, things don t stay the same forever couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable And isn t that just you enough With this book, I didn t laugh much, hurt much, cry much or went through anything much but that was okay because this book is one of those that won t do anything much to your emotions and yet will affect you so much just the same and that s only one of the many ironies of this book since it never fell short of ironies that are so true and striking that they automatically got my head nodding in agreement The book is simply written but the contents are nothing simple So many bright and wonderful ideas about life are scattered all over it that picking this book up is like finding a priceless treasure This is a truly inspiring book especially to teenagers and to anyone who is going through gone through tough times especially in believing in oneself It s practically a self help book in the guise of a really good YA fiction.Reading this book is definitely worth your valuable time


  8. Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister says:

    3.5 StarsA well written, enjoyable read but in the end I think I favored the premise of this story over what actually played out Sixteen year old Elise wants one thing to become popular and morph into anyone who doesn t resemble herself After undergoing a summer of coolness self training, Elise begins her sopho year armed with new clothes, fresh hope, and shaky confidence But her efforts prove in vain when she realizes she is still the school s biggest outcast despite her earnest attem 3.5 StarsA well written, enjoyable read but in the end I think I favored the premise of this story over what actually played out Sixteen year old Elise wants one thing to become popular and morph into anyone who doesn t resemble herself After undergoing a summer of coolness self training, Elise begins her sopho year armed with new clothes, fresh hope, and shaky confidence But her efforts prove in vain when she realizes she is still the school s biggest outcast despite her earnest attempts I always enjoy when a story shines a light upon a wallflower and this author handled this well I could feel Elise s pain and frustration her sheer desire to be someone else The only thing missing was the reason I wanted to know why she was an outcast What did her classmates see in her, regardless of how unwarranted it all may have been Elise was an extremely disliked character, and I was interested in learning where the ridicule initiated, even if it was unjustified Unfortunately, I never really gained any backstory I did love the musical element in this story and felt the in depth focus on DJing was a unique and interesting touch There is a very slight, complicated romance incorporated, but this was definitely a plot focusedon finding and learning how to believe in yourself The fact that not every aspect of this journey was neat and tidy gave the plot arealistic feel I don t want to be pacified because things worked out I want to be convinced even if that means some disappointment And in this regard, I feel much of this story held a life like feel The writing was polished, fluid, and I loved the creative descriptions Elise s character was a pretty solid representation of a young girl struggling to gain her self worth However, I did find her a bit too self centered at times and I m unsure if this was the author s intent In sum, a quick read with a strong message of self love and acceptance and of course the healing powers of music I d recommend to YA music lovers, and readers in search of an original coming of age plot Book Stats Genre Category Young Adult Contemporary Romance Mild Not really a love story Characters Well fleshed out Plot Coming of age plot about finding self worth Writing Polished and intriguing POV 1st person Heroine Cliffhanger None Standalone


  9. Lia Lia says:

    My playlist for this book Bastille FlawsAll Time Low TherapyCat Stevens Wild WorldDeath Cab For Cutie TransatlanticismEd Sheeran The A TeamEmeli Sand ClownNoah And The Whale Give A Little LoveGoo Goo Dolls IrisJack Savoretti Written In ScarsKeane Somewhere Only We KnowMikky Ekko SmileMumford Sons Little Lion ManPassenger Things That Stop You DreamingR.E.M Losing My ReligionRon Pope A Drop In The OceanThe Rocketboys Viva VoceX Ambassadors RenegadesI had this fe My playlist for this book Bastille FlawsAll Time Low TherapyCat Stevens Wild WorldDeath Cab For Cutie TransatlanticismEd Sheeran The A TeamEmeli Sand ClownNoah And The Whale Give A Little LoveGoo Goo Dolls IrisJack Savoretti Written In ScarsKeane Somewhere Only We KnowMikky Ekko SmileMumford Sons Little Lion ManPassenger Things That Stop You DreamingR.E.M Losing My ReligionRon Pope A Drop In The OceanThe Rocketboys Viva VoceX Ambassadors RenegadesI had this feeling suddenly I get this feeling a lot, but I don t know if there s one word for it It s not nervous or sad or even lonely It s all of that, and then a bitThe feeling is, I don t belong here I don t know how I got here, and I don t know how long I can stay before everyone else realizes that I m an impostor I am a fraud.I don t usually write very personal reviews Being a naturally reserved person, a similar approach is what I m generally comfortable with talking about my opinions, never about my life But with such a book, I feel like it s time for me to step out of my comfort zone This Song Will Save Your Life is an honest book It s a touching book, and it made me teary eyed, and it warmed my heart It s the story of a girl who was never quite right Who was always precocious, always a little bit too smart for her own good, always unaware of what she should have been like She thought she could be whatever she wanted Then, slowly, she realized that she could only be what other people wanted her to be friendless A loser Depressed Suicidal Hateful So Elise cut herself, because she needed attention Because she needed to be seen.It is no secret that teenage years are often one of the hardest and most complicated times of our lives I was no exception And now, looking back, I d like to take my younger self s hand and tell her that I m proud of her, that she s strong, that she s valuable, and that she s doing the best she can And that s okay Because I was a million different people I was the awkward girl, I was a loner, I was frigid and then suddenly a slut, I was quiet, then aggressive, and then I was the new girl, I was the quirky girl, I was even the popular girl that boys wanted to date and girls wanted to hang out with, and then I was just me, I was just a writer and a dreamer and sometimes a good friend and sometimes a bad one I was a million different people, and it was impossible to live with it, because the world is merciless And because once they see you re different, they ll do whatever they can to make your life hell But you have to fight back You have to stop apologizing for being who you are, you need to grin and say thank you when they call you weird, and eventually you ll find out that you don t really care That you went through all that judgement and thought it was going to destroy you, so you hurt yourself a little bit too, you hurt others because you didn t know any better, but at the end of it all you understand it s not worth it You find out that it feels so much better when you say whatever you want, you wear whatever you want, you do whatever you want Because it doesn t matter if you re quirky weird cold hearted she thinks she s so much better than all of us Because you re you, and you re so, so bright So full of passion and anger and strength, and you could change the world This book often hit a little too close to home Elise had a beautiful family She had parents who loved her, siblings who cared about her She was talented and smart and strong, but it still wasn t enough Because the world saw her light and wanted to snuff it out, and kids can be so cruel, and kids can be so sad So Elise brought a knife to her wrists and cut deep until she was bleeding Then she picked up the phone and, almost through a haze, she called for help.Her life didn t get any better after that in fact, it got worse She felt so lonely and numb and out of place that she had to take long night walks to get to breathe again, to feel like she wasn t trapped To feel like she was free And it was during one of these walks that Elise discovered Start, a warehouse nightclub, and she discovered her love for DJing I ve always thought that artists are all somewhat alike musicians, writers, singers, painters, even DJs There is nothing like the feeling of creating something And while Elise found out that all her passion and talent and love for music had not disappeared after all, she also opened herself up to the world To friendship To new people, good and bad, people that would stay and people that would leave because that s what happens The world that is waiting for you outside those walls is not inherently good or bad it s just there, in its infinite shades of gray, waiting for you to explore it Elise s journey wasn t pretty, and it wasn t easy It was raw and real, and far from over, but it was something She watched the people dance and cheer and kiss and she knew it was all because of her and what a glorious feeling that was 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 isn t you That isn t you at all.This is not a review on what this book is about I m writing this because I feel like This Song Will Save Your Life is a book for us The artists, the outsiders, the ones that can t sleep at night, the people that were or are or will be in pain, the people that know what passion is, that know what it means to care so much and so little at the same time It s a book for dreamers, for all of us who believe that we can, that it is possible to change things, that it is a gift to be yourself, and for those who were hurt by the world but always fought back It s a book for those of us who look at the sky and wonder, who maybe have lied and shouted and are not proud of who they were, but they are still trying And, as the song goes, maybe there s a way out of the cage where you live, maybe one of these days you can let the light in


  10. Keertana Keertana says:

    I ve written a lot of difficult reviews over the past year, but there has never come a point where I planned to just give up and screw the review because I just couldn t do it. And then, of course, I read Leila Sales This Song Will Save Your Life and it punched me right in the feels and brought back so many memories and left me a total wreck I still don t know how to write this review I don t think I can do justice to this book I just hope that, no matter what, this book gets the attention it I ve written a lot of difficult reviews over the past year, but there has never come a point where I planned to just give up and screw the review because I just couldn t do it. And then, of course, I read Leila Sales This Song Will Save Your Life and it punched me right in the feels and brought back so many memories and left me a total wreck I still don t know how to write this review I don t think I can do justice to this book I just hope that, no matter what, this book gets the attention it deserves Because, in case you couldn t already figure out, TSWSYL is life changing.Leila Sales latest is a dark novel, but an important one How do I fit in I think it s a question we ve all asked ourselves at some point or the other Growing up, I didn t actually have a lot of friends I moved to New Jersey when I was seven and, suddenly, I just didn t have anyone I had a tight circle back in Michigan, but here I was suddenly an oddity I was too smart I was too plump My mom braided my hair in pigtails which was just too weird I used phrases like, I was pulling your leg, which just wasn t cool. And still, I d charge forward to school everyday for three years until I found someone my best friend the first person to accept me for who I was I was lucky this was before middle school I was lucky I realized that it was absolutely okay to be just who I was in life I was also extremely lucky that the only time I ever considered suicide last summer I was too terrified of blood to actually go through with it.Elise, however, wasn t that lucky Elise has grown up knowing she s different and although she spends an entire summer trying desperately to change herself to learn all the latest bands, to wear all the latest clothes, to do everything right, she still manages to miss the mark And, suddenly, it s all too much for her to bear TSWSYL is the perfect coming of age novel, exploring what it means to have no one, be no one in anyone s eyes, and still discover a group to fit in Sales, first and foremost, is spot on with her characterization of Elise I connected with her from the first page heck, I spent all my summers teaching myself something or the other, whether it was Hindi or all about paleontology or just about bird watching so seeing Elise come to the realization that learning for the sake of learning wasn t a social plus point, just like I did myself many years ago, was like walking back down memory lane.And yet, Elise manages to be a teenager of her own nature too While she has distinct qualities that many readers will connect with, I also love that she s fiercely independent in her quirks, her love of music, and especially her relationships with her parents I feel as if Sales hit the nail on the head with Elise s parents Ultimately, as much as we all wish our parents could help us find friends and get through life, they can t. Not always Thus, Elise s bonds with her divorced parents are messy and complicated, full of unsaid words and lost emotions Yet, despite all that, the affection Elise has for them and their understated pride of her accomplishments is felt so palpably through these pages I don t think there is anything I lovethan an author who is able to convey feelings without explicitly stating them and those waves were exactly what I got with this novel.TSWSYL really picks up, plot wise, when Elise discovers an underground club and soon learns to DJ Already her love for music puts her in an ideal spot to fit in with the crowd, but her personality soon earns her many friends as well Vicky, the carefree girl Elise first meets at the club, soon becomes a close friend and seeing their friendship evolve awkwardly, slowly, but surely was such a heart wrenching bond to watch unfold I sometimes like to think there are two types of books in the world those with horrible, no one wants you here best friends who push the protagonist toward asshole guys or ditch them during a time of need or completely don t care and those with the what would I do without you girls who stick up for the heroine and slap away the assholes and sometimes do that to the hero too when he s being a dick Thankfully, TSWSYL falls into the latter category for sure.As far as romance goes, I can t say this book has a lot Or, rather, let me re phrase that this book doesn t have a typical romance And yet, it is muchrealistic than any other romance I ve read Char, the current DJ at the club Elise discovers, soon teaches her how to DJ and becomesthan just a friend to her Both Char and their relationship have an almost ethereal quality to it, being difficult and complicated, but coated with a veneer of ease Char is much older than Elise, which gives their romance a very different angle and dynamic, but also makes their relationship muchrewarding in the future Elise s growth because of and due to this love story is what I ultimately loved about it, so added to its originality, Sales manages to stun yet again.TSWSYL will probably not be as personal an emotional journey as it was for me, but regardless of that fact, it is an incredible novel It is filled with unforgettable characters, evenstuck in your head music, and wonderful depth Utterly moving, deeply touching, and poignant, this is not a book that will leave your thoughts for a long time to come Leila Sales, you are my hero