Goodreads Rating: 3.94/ 5 stars
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Coming of Age
Publication Date: April 14th 2015
Publisher: Square Fish
A powerful coming-of-age story about an outsider who finds herself when she enters the underground music scene.
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, Leila Sales’ This Song Will Save Your Life powerful young adult coming of age novel is an exuberant story about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.
This Song Will Save Your Life hits my heart in the rawest way. The story was so realistic and straightforward. The lines were so relatable and I don’t know how to describe what I’m feeling right now as my emotions swirled all over me. I’ll make this as a short review because it’s hard to formulate a review for this book.
Elise Dembowski is an easy character to sympathize with. In her school, she’s been bullied and treated as an outcast. She wants a sense of belonging or just fit in on a crowd. She tried to commit suicide for being treated badly but through music, it became her therapy. She becomes a DJ at a nightclub where people can see her for who she is. Someone who’s vibrant and passionate about music. I remember the feeling of not being able to fit in a crowd when I was in high school. There was a time I really felt invisible during a conversation and when I tried to join in, they just continued as if I weren’t there with them. It hurts and I felt lonely. I also remembered having a heart-to-heart talk with my mom about it. She said that I should cheer up and do things I enjoyed like playing Badminton or reading a book. That’s what I did and in the end, I found a few friends whom I’m comfortable with and accept me for who I am. Until now, I still keep in touch with them.
What lesson did I learn from this book? You don’t have to change just to fit in the crowd. Just be yourself and enjoy what you’re passionate about. You’ll find a group of friends who’ll accept you for who you are. Who will be there when you needed through good and bad times.
Can I say this book has an impeccable list of songs? For someone who enjoys old tunes, I appreciate it very much. I love listening to them all.
Final rating: 4.5 / 5 stars