This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales Review

songwillsaveThis book is definitely one of those books you pick up when you need something light to read after having an intense book. Well…at least for the most part. Sometimes the main character did get a bit intense but other than that it was a pretty sweet story about self-development and learning to accept yourself for who you are, no matter what anybody else says or thinks. I have to admit the cliches are quite strong in this book, what with the cliques, bullying and boy trouble but other than that I loved the theme of DJing and music and the way it can inspire you and show you a reason to go on.

For all you interested in this book here is a summary of it:

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.

If your interested then definitely pick it up and check it out. I did enjoy it and it was definitely a light, yet inspiring story.


There isn’t much I can say about this book. It brings up many difficult issues such as depression, suicide, needing attention, bullying and much much more. I can’t say I wasn’t depressed and a little bit annoyed with the narrative voice, Elise. I found her to be very attention-seeking and annoying and very naive in certain situations such as with Char, Pippa and her parents. She also got way too easily off with her parents. I mean I get they were concerned about her and the fact she might try to commit suicide again but they were way too relaxed about her sneaking out of the house. I mean I’m older than her and I would have been grounded for life. I liked Char and I didn’t see why he had to turn out to be such a douche. I mean for once can these guys just end up being a bit screwed up but okay at the same time. I mean Pippa must be out of her mind to think he’s the one I mean he freaking cheated on her with a 16 year old. Like…umm..hello?

I didn’t like Elise’s attitude with her parents because they seemed to really care about her. I loved her sister and her family in general and I also didn’t like the whole journal idea. I mean it seemed very fake and obviously made up…and then it turned out to be some random person she didn’t know but yeah…I would have been more surprised if it was Vicky or Pippa. I sort of liked Amelia because I saw where she was coming from. Deciding whether to tell on someone who puts their faith in you and literally their life is tough. I feel she did the right thing and when Elise agreed finally at the end I was so happy that it all worked out.

I admit it was sweet that she ended up with Vicky’s younger brother because he seemed so dorky and sweet and you can’t help but like him. As we say in greek “manamou to”. All in all it was refreshing to see more of a DJ based story instead of the typical singer/songwriter/writer style.

In conclusion this is what I rate it:

Plot: 7 points
Characters: 6 points
Originality: 7 points
Language/Style: 6 points

Giving this book in total 26 out of 40 which isn’t bad for a contemporary novel. I wasn’t a huge fan of the writing style or most of the characters but I liked the idea of the story. Music can really save your life especially that one song you’ll hear whether you’re experiencing a difficult time or situation in your life. Also going and asking a friend, or family member for help is a good idea 🙂

Favorite Quote: Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.

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