by Leila Sales
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Publication Date: September 17th 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Genre: Young Adult / Contemporary
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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. (Goodreads)
The main character in the story, Elise, was a lot like me when I was a teenager. With the exception being that I did have a few choice friends and I really didn’t care what people thought of me, but I could totally relate to her feelings of never quite fitting in. Elise wants people to like her more than anything. To be honest, I had a hard time seeing how someone like her couldn’t have friends. I thought she was amazingly sarcastic and funny at times, but those are the types of people that I seem to be drawn towards. This girl, I felt so incredibly sad for this girl and what she had to go through. The author did a really great job of describing the emotions that Elise was feeling. I definitely felt her pain.
The most relatable thing between Elise and myself would have to be the music. I love music. It has gotten me through some pretty rough times in my life. Most times, my I put my headphones on and tune out the world. So I can’t definitely relate to that aspect of the book. Music is an amazing and powerful outlet; I wish more people would take advantage of it. I love that we get to see Elise find herself through the music, and she grows and blossoms from the amazing talent that she discovers.
I really enjoyed the characters in the book, and I think the author did a really great job of making them all very realistic. Everyone had their own problems, and I feel like their stories really helped Elise with her own issues, and showed her that people aren’t always what they seem. I really liked Vicky the most. If Elise had not had Vicky cheering her on, I think she might have given up a lot sooner. But Vicky proved to be a really great friend, and that is exactly what Elise needed.
I really enjoy reading contemporary novels, and this book was definitely thought provoking. I started the book knowing that I would probably really like it, especially because of the music aspects of the book, and I found it to be a very enjoyable read. It’s definitely a book that I would love to share with my teenage daughters. I think they may be able to find parts of the book that they can relate to, just as I did. I think that maybe everyone will be able to find something relatable about the book.