Friday, July 26, 2013

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your LifeTitle This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales
Release Date: 17th September 2013
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Find on: Goodreads

Quick Review: 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.

Detailed Review: WOW...WOW... Wow...Ok to be honest, this book was just what I wanted it to be. But it was much much more than that. I especially loved the different characters in the book, because they revolved around the main character, Elise's life and also impact her life in such strong ways. For example, Vicky doesn't question Elise when they first meet. She just accepts her into their group. Amelia Kindl, a friend in school though nice, cause Elise's self-esteem to drop.

The last thing Elise has ever done is try to be someone else she wasn't. But that failed. Nobody has ever liked her, not since she started school in first grade. She gets teased and bullied. She is born to be unpopular, as she bluntly puts it.  But then on one of her late-night strolls, she meets two girls, Vicky and Pippa, and is introduced to the chaos and fun that is Start. When she meets DJ Char, she is pulled into the world of DJing, where she seeks refuge and grows to love. 

You see, she is living two very different lives in both the day and night. At night, she can be herself, but during the daytime, in school, she feels trapped. But then one day, both lives suddenly clash together but in the end what happens is not a tragedy, but a miracle that tells you being yourself is never a bad thing.

Even though I think it's impossible in contemporaries, the author managed to add in some twists into the book that was really good and well-written. 

I cried in the end. I really did. Because the book was just so BEAUTIFUL I love Elise. I feel like I have bonded with her as I read the book and I don't think she is a character I will ever forget. I will always think of her as someone who exists in my life. Her voice is so powerful that it would certainly suck you straight into the story without hesitation.

Brief Review: Elise's voice was written with such clarity that it would really grip the reader from the very first sentence. Your attention will never waver as you read the book and the author makes the world of music fit in so perfectly. The story is a masterpiece unto itself; it completely surprises the reader at times when you aren't expecting it. This is a title you mustn't miss, especially for contemporary and fiction lovers!

Final Rating: 5/5 'Totally Amazing!'


To Elise, who tried to change herself

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken--- Oscar Wilde

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  1. HOOORAAAH! I'M SO GLAD YOU ENJOYED THIS BOOK! ive been really excited to read this book - and not just because i love the title! - but yay, and a book that made you cry? SOLD. i love books that have that affect on the reader!
    Great review, i'm a new follower by the way, drop by sometime?

  2. The title sounds so interesting xD By that way I love music so much, it's my life :) I will definitely add this to my to be read :) Nice review :P