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This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales Book Review

This Song Will Save Your LifeMaking 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.

Source: ALA
Pages: 288
Release Date: September 17, 2013
This Song Will Save Your Life turned out to be so much different than what I expected it to be. It was a story that showed finding hope in the darkest hour. I was so moved by it and this was a book that definitely put Leila Sales on my radar.

The book starts with the main character, Elise, being depressed and lonely. She’s bullied and has always felt different than everyone else around her. One night, while out for a walk, she stumbles across an underground club, which eventually leads to her DJing. 

Elise was a complicated character. I was empathetic to how lonely she felt, but I also wished she would realize all the good things she did have. I loved when she found her passion in DJing. The titles of every chapter are song lyrics and I thought it was so amazing how each lyric fit the various chapters. 

Something that was pretty significant of this book was the lack of romance. There definitely was a little bit thrown in, but This Song Will Save Your Life was ultimately a journey about finding yourself. It could be depressing at certain points, but really uplifting at others. This book made a pretty powerful message and impact.

I’d highly recommend This Song Will Save Your Life. It was a great book, with an amazing message :) I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers. 


  1. Lack of romance doesn't necessarily tick me off, really depends how much is going on, really.

    Fab review, Montana! <33

  2. Great review! I remember seeing this around a while back and being really intrigued by the concept. I'm so glad it was enjoyable :) I like when a story is strong enough to show a character's emotional growth and journey through something other than romance. It's nice when the main character learns about herself HERSELF, rather than just having a boy teach her, like a lot of novels seem to do!

    - Allie @ Little Birdie Books

    1. I completely agree! It was definitely an amazing book :)

  3. Man, I love my romance so that's a bit disappointing, but I'm happy you loved the book! It's really hard to balance between being sympathetic and then being annoyed with a character because they don't appreciate everything they do have. Great review!


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