Monday, September 16, 2013

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life

  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 9/17/2013
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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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.

My Thoughts

What a fabulous story about finding yourself!! This was inspiring, heartbreaking, and beautiful. Have you ever felt alone and lost and just wanted to find happiness in yourself? This is a perfect book about it. I loved getting to know Elise. Not the person she thought she wanted to be, but the real her that was hidden even from herself. I loved the great messages that this book had too. It was very easy to get lost in. I think that anyone can find a little bit of themselves in this book.

Elise was a character who I really wanted to feel sorry for, but also just wanted her to be happy with herself and not care so much what others thought of her. She is lonely, sad, and just wants to fit in. She had never done anything to be an outcast, she just didn't have friends. She thought that she could study celebrities, style, all the "cool stuff" and then maybe she would finally fit in and have friends. It was sad that she felt that way. I don't condone her hanging out at a warehouse party at all hours of the night and sneaking out, but it's realistic that a teenager would do something like that. What I did love is that is how she was able to find herself and even when people still expected things out of her, she was able to see that she didn't need to do what people expected, but she needed to be and do what was in her heart. She was easy to like and I could see a lot of myself and people who I know in her. It was easy to understand why she did the things she did whether right or wrong. Mostly, I loved that she stayed true to herself and that was what made her happy.

The other characters were great. I loved that Vicky liked her for who she was almost instantly. She didn't care where she came from, or what she wore, or what her past held. She liked Elise for exactly the person she was. Char was really awesome too. He cared about her, helped her, and was there for her when she needed him... mostly. I also liked that her family was a big part of the story. Her parents are divorced and she splits her time between them, but they never make things hard on her and they love her and wants what is best for her. Even when things aren't great, they are good parents.

I loved the writing and simple beauty of this book. It isn't super deep or anything, but it's honest and real. I loved the song lyrics at the beginning of the chapters and how they relate. Music is a big part of her life and I love that she found herself in it. She may not make music, but the music makes her. She can be happy through music and make other people happy. This book has heartbreak. It has emotion, but it also has truth. It really hit a high note with me and I loved it. This book was wonderful and a book I recommend to anyone!!

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. I think I'll be able to relate to Elise a lot as I have a passion for music and her situation is something similar to mine- though mine was more like wanting to be isolated.

    Fantastic review, hon! <33

  2. I adore books that are coming of age and finding who you are and now what anybody wants you to be.

  3. I so need to read this book, Amy! I have an ARC, too, and even the awesometastic soundtrack to go along with it, I just haven't got the time to pick it up yet and I regret dearly! I definitely need to get on it, especially after your wonderful, glowing review! I love books about finding oneself, and this one sounds phenomenal! :D Thanks for the great review, sweetie!

  4. I'm glad that you enjoyed this book, Amy. I really enjoyed it myself and I felt sorry for Elise. I didn't connect with her but I understood her. The writing was great too and the message the book sent out was fabulous.
    Lovely review, Amy!

  5. Love that you loved this book so much. I really connected with it too and I totally see what you mean about everyone being able to find a bit of themselves in the pages. I need to read Sales' other book ASAP!

  6. Everyone seems to be loving this book! I definitely need to give it a try at some point. I'm so glad you enjoyed TSWSYL, Amy.
    Great review!

  7. I love the cover of this one. I'm glad you liked it too! I think I have it on my TBR.

  8. I think this is one I would really love! I'm so happy to see another great review of it!

  9. Wow, 4.5 stars! So much love for this book around the blogosphere--I'm kind of scared to start it, but excited, too. :) I'm glad you loved it, Amy.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  10. I'm still on the fence about this one, but I do think I'll read it at some point. Elise sounds like someone I would wanna get to know. Great review babe!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  11. I'm really happy that you loved this one better than I did! I can totally see what you mean by liking Vicky and Char, they really did help Elise at times. I'm glad that you found Elise to be a realistic character, too, especially with the way that she found DJing as her way to survive and as a passion :)

    Fantastic review, Amy! <33

  12. Yay I knew you would love this one, too! Elise was just so awesome I loved her and I loved that she was able to find herself despite all the expectations, too! She was so inspirational as a character I really liked how uplifting the book was despite it having dark topics.

    "She may not make music, but the music makes her." - love this! :)

  13. Sounds like something my teenaged self should have read. Great review.

  14. This sounds so touching and beautiful. The reviews are shining for this book, and it is honestly catching my interest.

  15. I read this back in July and still haven't written my review. Just … it was great. I need to do better than that!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  16. In college, I learned so much of what Elise is learning a bit younger. I realized how much being bullied as a child had altered my thought processes. Why do I give a fuck what these people I don't even like think of me? By nature, I really don't think I give a fuck. I'm a lot better now, but those thoughts are really hard to shake.


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