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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, Leila Sales' This Song Will Save Your Life is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.
Includes a PDF playlist of recommended music.
©2014 Leila Sales (P)2014 Listening Library
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By MidnightBookGirl on 07-31-15

For Music Lovers and Outsiders

There are so many great. quotable moments in this book, as main character Elise struggles with finding her identity and trying to learn the social language that she just can't interpret.

The book is a little dark, and deals with themes of suicide and bullying. While listening to this book I kept thinking of Stephen King's quote about not trusting anyone who says they loved high school. I do believe that the things that make you interesting as an adult can be the thing that made you a target of ridicule in school.

I loved how real Elise was, how complicated and oblivious she could be, and how she could be confident and fearless in some aspects of her life, while completely inept and scared in others areas. Her actions sometimes had me shaking my head, but I loved her.

This Song Will Save Your Life is a rare YA book in the fact that Elise's parents play a big role, and you can see the way their parenting would result in who Elise is.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers of all ages (especially if you're a lover of music and have Cure and Joy Division in your own playlist).

Loved the narration, which I felt captured Elise perfectly.

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By Sophie on 09-12-17

Good easy book

It a good short book. Can be listen easily in one day! Good story of a struggling teen. Good narrator, easy to understand.

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