Author: Leila Sales
Published: Sept 17, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Format: Ebook; 279pg
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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.
This book was so different than what I am used to reading. It was a bit of a reality check that I didn't really want. Elise Dembowski is the main character in this novel and it is completely told from her perspective, which is ultimately skewed. Elise has always been "precocious" and wanted to be the best at whatever she was doing. She feels as a result that she is destined to be unpopular and miserable. So, at the age of 16, Elise thinks there is nothing more to live for...until she discovers Start one night.
Start is an underground dance club that Elise happened to stumble upon. She makes her first real friends and discovers a love of DJing. Elise has always had a passion for music and now she has an outlet for all of her angst and it makes her feel amazing. Too bad there are always people out to make you feel like your dream is ridiculous and there is something wrong with you for being good at something.
I can actually really relate to the negative mindset of Elise. She is constantly mentally bashing herself about how "uncool" she is and I have to admit I beat myself up too. If I had to guess, I bet the majority of people in the world mentally bash themselves. Well, this novel definitely makes you stop and think about what really makes you happy and what gives you a feeling of purpose in life. Just following Elise through her inner struggles and issues with bullying wore me out emotionally.
Overall, this book was written really well although it was kind of a downer. The fact that I had this strong of a reaction to the book is really a testament to how good it was. Not everyone's cup of tea, especially if you read a lot of Fantasy like me, but very worth a read.
5 stars to This Song Will Save Your Life!