Monday, December 30, 2013

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales Review

"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."

I wouldn't say it's funny. (Sorry. This review is going to be fairly short, compared to my other ones). I say it's kind of serious, mixed with a girl who wants friends. I say suicide is a pretty serious subject. I wouldn't laugh it off as funny or hilarious. Sadly, there are idiots who would laugh it off like that. They would claim that the girl is an attention seeker, which is true. But she's lonely and can't find any friends. She nearly killed herself, before she step into world of DJing. 

This Song Will Save Your Life is not a story of an angry girl. It's a story of a girl, who is lonely and trying to find her path. She doesn't know where to go, but she does know that she has to keep looking. That part really stuck to me. Keep on looking, looking, and looking. Reminds me of the Sound of Music, when they sing "Climb every mountain." It took her some twist and turns before she realize she had to find a reason for herself. 

I like this book. You can't help but feel sorry for Elise. She gets kicked in the worse way possible. She's a scapegoat, er...scapegirl in high school. Remember high school? It's a breeding ground for bullies, victims, and everything in between. You get pushed around. You try to find your rhythm. You find your circle. There's rivalries with other circles. Then there's the pranks. 

The plot is really stable. Although, Elise travels frequently, you won't get lost. She has the sense to tell you where she is. (Hahaha). I don't really like the Char plot though. I mean, him pretending to be someone he's not. And then Pippa forgiving Elise? Yeah, that's not really a strong plot in that section, but I'm willing to over look it. 

The ending of This Song Will Save Your Life is totally amazing. I love the character development of Elise. She changes so much. (It's like: OMG! My little girl is growing up). She tries her best to be the best she can be. Then she just lets go and becomes herself. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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