Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: September 17th 2013.
My rating: 4.5 stars.
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.
Leila Sales first impressed me with her wit and charm in Past Perfect; it was a book after a recommendation from two great bloggers (Nomes & Flann) I devoured in a few hours. It had an interesting mix of characters and was a book which had me laughing endlessly. It was a story I absolutely adored. This time once again I fell in love with this beautiful story by Sales but for different reasons entirely.
Sales has a beautiful talent for making a story appear so real. With Past Perfect I wished that I could attend a history set up, it honestly bought out the inner geek within me. With This Song Will Save Your Life all I wanted to take care of Elise. Elise had experienced a torrid time at school and through no fault of her own. She tried to do as much as she could to fit in, until it all became too much. Elise was an intelligent girl but lacked so much confidence because of the constant taunting she had to deal with. So I’m glad that by accident a chance came her way which allowed her to shine. It did take some time for Elise to finally realise her full potential, there were a lot of hurdles which got in her way, but I’m glad when she needed the support her true friends came through.
It took Elise a while to get comfortable with who she was, she had friends but they weren’t friends just people she hung around with. I did appreciate the people she did come in Elise’s life such as Vicky and Harry and even Char who accepted Elise for who she was and didn’t make instant judgements about her. The kids at school just believed what they were told, but with the people at Start Elise had the chance to actually have her own new fresh start. In This Song Will Save Your Life, it was a huge learning and growing process for Elise, like I said before there were a lot of stumbling blocks along the way, but a lot of them I came to realise were there so that Elise could learn from them.
This Song Will Save Your Life was a fun read, it was such a different book to what I was expecting, it was a raw honest story of a girl that I’m sure many individuals out there could relate to with her situation. Sales once again weaved a story which had me up reading until the early hours. I truly appreciated the heartbreaking story she decided to treat us to. I liked how she showed that despite loads of things getting in the way you should never give up, Elise continued to battle through things and I admired the character which emerged in the end and that she could show so many people out there that anything was possible.