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This Song Will Save Your Life by [Sales, Leila]
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4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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'if you like good, character-driven contemporary YA, read TSWSYL' Sarra Manning

'a beautiful book about the power of music' Lauren Oliver

'this book spoke to me on so many levels. I wish I’d had it as a teen' Marissa Meyer

The beginning of the book sees Elise in a quite a dark place. She's working hard on changing her image so she'll fit in at school and when all her attempts fail, she ends up feeling suicidal and harming herself. I have huge respect for the author for taking on these subjects and managing to get inside Elise's head and portray her worries so well. The book also deals with issues like cyber bullying and references eating disorders and binge drinking. I think it's important that books don't shy away from these things and although some scenes may be dark, I was really pleased with how they were addressed. This Song Will Save Your Life managed to balance everything really well so that you feel the emotion but there's enough uplifting moments to keep you entertained as well as moved. (Total Teen Fiction http://totalteenfiction.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/review-this-song-will-save-your-life-by.html)

I was just drawn in by everything I read - I liked the music references, I really enjoyed reading about the other characters, whether it was Elise's family or the people at the party. This Song Will Save Your Life is such a real and raw and emotional book, it made me fall in love with Leila Sales and her writing. (Reading in the Sunshine readinginthesunshine.wordpress.com)

The story is incredible, the way you feel about Elise from the start is powerful because she is just so messed up, she is so alone and so sad about it all. She wants to be happy but just like all 16 year olds she doesn't really know the best way to go about becoming the person she wants to be but have people like her for it. The very start of the book honestly made me sad, really sad, Elise is so low and I could see why and how that felt and I've been there, to the point she was at. It's an awful place to be and it's hard to read about it but I knew I had to keep reading, to see what happened and see where the story goes. It had its hard places, but it also had some great places and I loved how much Elise grew. (Readaraptor http://readaraptor.co.uk/this-song-will-save-your-life-leila-sales/)

Unexpectedly crawled under my skin and nestled into my heart where I imagine it will stay for a long time to come (Jess Hearts Books http://jessheartsbooks.blogspot.co.uk/)

I haven't given five stars to a book for a very long time . . . one of, if not the best contemporary book that I've read in years. (Stepping Out of the Page www.steppingoutofthepage.co.uk)

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist: an isolated teen finds herself - and romance - through music.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 697 KB
  • Print Length: 287 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374351384
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (10 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DTUKKAI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #207,089 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This Song Will Save Your Life is one of those books that reminds me just why I love Young Adult so much. Fresh, realistic, thought-provoking, this story reminded me of that loneliness, that feeling of inadequacy that haunts you as a teenager (and let's face it - never goes away). It's not often I call books beautiful but for me, Leila Sales has written one beautiful book. When I get the FEELS at page 21 I know I'm on to a winner.

TSWSYL introduces us to Elise. Elise broke my heart, I know Elise, I've been Elise, I've made fun of Elise, I've stuck up for Elise. Elise is that girl, that beautiful soul you can't help but root for, can't help but wish that everyone else can see just what a magical human being she is. She's special, like everyone else - but because of the rules, the perceptions, the BS, we don't always get the recognition. Someone else decides that we are cool or aren't cool. We're weird because we like The Clash or because we don't like The Clash, we choose converse over heels, we like Gossip Girl instead of Hannibal and vice versa.

Elise says in the book "I didn't know. I feel sometimes like...there are all these rules. Just to be a person. You know? You're supposed to carry a shoulder bag, not a backpack. You're supposed to wear headbands, or you're not supposed to wear headbands. It's okay to describe yourself as likeable, but it's not okay to describe yourself as eloquent. You can sit in the front of the school bus, but you can't sit in the middle. You're not supposed to be with a boy, even when he wants you to. I didn't know that. There are so many rules, and they don't make any sense, and I just can't learn them all" How very true...

Elise doesn't fit in.
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Format: Paperback
Elise Dembowski has always been an outsider, and she has never quite fitted in anywhere. At school she has dreams of fitting in at last – having friends, people to talk to, everything she’s wanted – but when this fails, she almost gives up. But then by accident she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party running at night. There Elise can be a whole new person – one who makes real friends, falls in love and finds her true passion – DJ’ing. But as her real and secret lives collide, Elise has to make a decision once and for all and work out just exactly who she is….

I REALLY enjoyed this. As the story is told from Elise’s point of view it felt straightaway as though I knew her. I was able to read about all of her thoughts and feelings on everything happening in her life, and it really helped me to get to know her and to really understand her as a person. I particularly identified with Elise’s personality and situation – I was never popular or fitted in a great deal at school and so because of this I really felt that I got her and that we understood each other, it was like I had found a wonderful friend. I liked that Elise hasn’t got it all worked out, instead she is real and so lifelike.

I loved the warehouse party and the whole DJ’ing scene – it was fun, it was exciting and it was just so full of energy and life! I particularly enjoyed Elise’s love for DJ’ing, I could feel her enthusiasm and I knew it was something she could be really passionate about. I liked that she wasn’t a complete expert at first, but instead Elise was dedicated to learning and practising.

I was just drawn in by everything I read – I liked the music references, I really enjoyed reading about the other characters, whether it was Elise’s family or the people at the party. This Song Will Save Your Life is such a real and raw and emotional book, it made me fall in love with Leila Sales and her writing.
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Format: Paperback
I just wrote and deleted the first word of this review so many times I can’t even count them, but most of them were ‘wow’ or ‘phew’ or ‘gosh’ or something along those lines. Because it’s hard to put into words exactly how I feel about this book, but those were the words that popped into my head when I finished reading it. It really moved me, even though I’ve never been through anything that comes close to the experiences Elise, our main character in this novel, has had to endure.

I think what I loved about it was how real it felt. It spoke to me in a way that most books don’t. I actually had no idea what this book was about or what to expect from it when I picked it up. I’d seen its name mentioned around the web, I thought the cover was gorgeous, and it was a signed copy that was just begging me to take it home from Hatchards.

So when I began reading it, I actually first thought I might be a little old for it. Elise’s attitude within the first few pages is quite childish, and the seriousness of the situation was absolutely unclear. But that soon changed when Elise hit rock bottom, and contemplated killing herself. Like I said before, I’ve never been in that situation and I hope that I never am, but even still I really felt a connection with Elise, and I think anyone else who reads it will too.

She’s not always the most likeable character, and sometimes you’ll want to grab her by the shoulders and shake her to try and snap her out of it, but that’s what makes This Song Will Save Your Life so great. It’s honest, and doesn’t sugar coat bullying, self harm or depression even in the slightest. I’ve read other books centred around similar subjects that I actually felt gave out the wrong messages, but this author, Leila Sales, really knows what she’s doing.
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