- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (10 Oct. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1447252837
- ISBN-13: 978-1447252832
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 269,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
This Song Will Save Your Life Paperback – Unabridged, 10 Oct 2013
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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)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist: an isolated teen finds herself - and romance - through music.See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Elise was such an endearing character for me, she was just this poor girl who despite what how she tried she never had friends, people hated her from the start. And the most upsetting thing is she really did try hard and if she didn't meet Pippa and Vicky on one of her middle of the night walks, she wouldn't have found something that not only gave her so much joy but acceptance of who she was. (and a bit of a backbone haha). Since Elise was younger she hasn't been content with just being good at something, she's wanted to be #1 , so when Char offerers to teach her how to DJ, she jumps at the opportunity to spend time with him if not anything else.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great book - about the power of music and being yourself. Loved it from start to finish.Published 3 months ago by Chelley Toy - TalesOfYesterday
It's one of the worst book I've ever read, and I love reading very much. As a person with actual depression I can say that this book romanticizes mental illness and makes it look... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marta Pagani
I finished This Song Will Save Your Life at 1.30am this morning and at the time I had a lot of feelings about it but I fell asleep before I wrote them down. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rhia (rhiareads)
If someone had to choose the perfect book for me to read This Song Will Save Your Life would be it. It is a book (I love reading) about the power of music (my favourite thing in... Read morePublished on 14 Jan. 2015 by LJBentley
this book is amazing it was a total page turner an i couldn't put it down! i followed Elise through the book and loved meeting all the different characters espeshil Vicky and Char. Read morePublished on 5 Dec. 2014 by LAO
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. Read morePublished on 19 Oct. 2014 by Ashleigh Allsopp
I had seen this online recently and decided to read it today.. I had completed it in a few hours and I absolutely enjoyed reading it! thank you!Published on 2 Oct. 2014 by Sarah Logue