Release Date: September 17th 2013
Genres: Friendship, Music, Performing Arts, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Social Issues, Social Themes, Suicide, Television & Radio, Young Adult
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.
“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.”
It’s Been A Long Time Coming
I remember when THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE first came out and everyone was raving about it. When everyone raves about a book, it’s pretty hard for me to resist the urge to immediately buy it. Of course, that doesn’t mean I’ll immediately read said book, which leads us to the fact that I just now read this. And it only took three years!
You’re Elise, I’m Elise
Like seriously-Elise, Alise? Honestly, my favorite aspect of this book is probably the main character. All joking aside though, I think every single reader will be able to see a little bit of themselves in Elise.
Elise finds herself in high school as sort of a social outcast that attracts negative attention, and you can really feel her struggle because it’s most likely one we have all felt at some point. She starts off in a vulnerable place but gradually learns to believe in herself. Elise’s journey and character development is really what makes THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, in my opinion.
The Writing is Darkly Humorous and Witty
The humor in this book is exactly my type. Elise uses a somewhat self-deprecating type of humor and makes light out of dark situations. Light may not be the best word to describe it, but it makes the serious situations in this book just a little easier to understand and relate to. There were definitely some laugh out loud moments.
An Excellent Overall Message
Contemporary novels aren’t exactly rare so they really have to have something special to impress me. THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE had more than a few special somethings, including a moral that we all need to remember – there is power in just being yourself.
“People are who they are and, try as you might,
you cannot make them be what you want them to be.”