All her life Elise Dembowski has been an outsider.
Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last – but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. Then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time and finding her true passion – Djing.
But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise?
If someone had to choose the perfect book for me to read This Song Will Save Your Life would be it. It is a book (I love reading) about the power of music (my favourite thing in the world). With these two forces combined it would have to be some pretty crappy writing to make me dislike this book.
Fortunately, This Song Will Save Your Life is well written, has likeable character and a great story. Crisis averted.
For me, the overriding message that I took from This Song Will Save Your Life is that music does have a unique power to help you heal. This is something that I already knew and felt but to have other likeminded people write it down and understand that too is a wonderful thing. Whenever the world is upsetting me I turn to music. Why? Because music has never let me down.
This seems to be the same thing that happens to Elise. She discovers a talent hidden under her love for music and, in a sense, it saves her. Not only does it give her something to feel proud of, something that she can call her own but it also allows her the opportunity to surround herself with a circle of likeminded friends.
This Song Will Save Your Life deals with a pretty dark subject matter and whilst it may seem glib to throw about the phrase that life does get better and things will all work out in the end that is sort of what you take from the novel. Things do get better.
This Song Will Save Your Life is a good book that tackles an uncomfortable subject but does so in a way that you feel hopeful without feeling patronised. Well done Leila Sales.
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales is available now.
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