Wednesday 12 February 2014

Review: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

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.

Review: I'd heard a lot about this book which made me really want to read it. I was very excited when I found it in my local library and when I eventually got around to reading it I was glad that I did. This book is a great book for young adults because it tackles issues such a bullying, in real life and cyber bullying. Self esteem and how children cope when their parents are separated. It also teaches readers to go for what you believe in and not just follow the crowd. This is definitely something I'll be buying for school! 

From what I'd heard people say I thought this book was going to be a total contemporary book full of slushy romance but it really wasn't it was very real. Elise is a great characters. The reader can tell straight away that she is unhappy with her life and confused about the kind of person she wants to be, but she knows the kind of person she definitely doesn't want to be, and totally stands behind that 100 percent. She is loyal to her family and seems to have endless energy to go after her true passion which is djing! She has some very interesting friends and other characters in the book surrounding her and I think the quirkiness of these other characters really make the book what it is. 

The issues dealt with in this book make for some difficult reading in parts and you definitely shouldn't pick this up if you're feeling down in any way. The talks of such ideal jbehaviour will definitely bring you down even further. The issues and the bullying that Elise faces make for really compelling reading,however, and you find yourself turning the pages quicker and quicker to learn what her eventual fate is going to be. I really enjoyed reading about her relationship with her parents and how that develops, and her trying out being a DJ for the first time. There is also the issue of you glove, and whilst this isn't explored fully in the pages of this novel, it is touched upon and of course, only adds to the issues that Elise has to cope with. 

Overall I thought this was a really good, solid read. I read it very quickly because whilst it is a short book, it is also a real page turner. You should definitely be aware that this book deals with touch issues very honestly and it will definitely dredge up some memories of your own high school bullies, but overall this is definitely worth a read! 

1 comment:

  1. So glad you loved this! I agree that I flew through it too, really addictive.