Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 288 pages
Publication Date: September 17, 2013
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.
An honest, emotional, funny yet heartbreaking story about Elise, a precocious teenager who has always excelled at everything she's ever set her mind to. As she admits, she has talent. And issues. The one talent she lacks is making friends. Which was just so sad. All she wanted was a friend and she couldn't understand why no one liked her and in fact, why she had so many enemies.
Elise's voice is so fresh and genuine. There were definitely laugh out loud moments and also moments everyone can identify with.
"I've gone to school with the same kids since kindergarten. And they knew what I was long before I did. I was uncool by the fourth grade. How is it even possible to be an uncool fourth grader? Didn't we all just string together friendship bracelets and daydream about horses and pretend to solve mysteries back then?"
“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.”
Then things turn around when Elise discovers Start, an underground dance club. She finds friends and a love for DJing. I loved the cast of characters that Leila Sales created. Vicky, the talented singer who appreciates Elise for who she is. Mel, the bouncer, who looks after Elise. Char, the mysterious DJ who shares his love of music with Elise and teaches her how to DJ. I appreciated the fact that he was such a realistically flawed character who ended up being exactly what Elise needed. And I loved that Elise's parents are such a big part of the story (in a good way).
A powerful story about growing up, acceptance, friendship, and music, I definitely recommend it.
Posted by: Pam