Release Day Review: This Song Will Save Your Life


This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Age Range: 12 and up

Hardcover: 288 pages

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (September 17, 2013)

Genre: Young Adult contemporary

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (thank you!)

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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.

About the Author:

Leila Sales grew up outside of
Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Chicago in
2006. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in the mostly
glamorous world of children’s book publishing. Leila spends most of her
time thinking about sleeping, kittens, dance parties, and stories that
she wants to write.


My Thoughts:

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is a tough review for me to write. First, let me say what I loved
about the book.  It was well written, interesting, and addictive. I
couldn’t put it down. I fell in love with Elise and her story and I just
had to see how things turned out for her. I felt like she was a very
believable character and I became very invested in her.  I loved, loved,
loved her interest in DJing and the way it affected her emotionally and

I really enjoyed the way she tries to make herself over to fit in with
everyone else, only to have it backfire.  Then she remakes herself over
again, but the time, as herself. She discovers who she is and realizes
that she’s known it all along.  The writing, the plot, and the characters are all fantastic. 

I love the cover. Brilliant, gorgeous cover. I want to make a poster out of it and hang it on my wall so I can look at it every day.

So why 3 stars? Language.  I was shocked at how many F-words (among other words) were in
these pages.  I kept thinking, good grief, this is a teen novel?  The
other reason was the sexual content.  It’s not overly detailed, and “it”
doesn’t technically happen, but I don’t have a better word for what does
happen.  I think that sometimes authors forget how young their audience really is.

While I loved this book for many reasons, I still have to say that it
contains too much adult content for me to recommend it to a teen
audience.  I would have doled out a whole-hearted 5 star rating if it
hadn’t been for the language and sexual content.

Content: graphic language and sexual situations.  


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    September 17, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    It must have had a lot of curse words for you to rank it three stars and some awkward sexual content too. If I know a book is adult or for older teens I wouldn't mind as much. But even if the book is "mature" I don't need every other word to be a curse word. It's annoying and takes away from the book. I do love that everything else was so great – the characters and the writing. Thanks for letting me know before I get into it. That way I won't be too shocked. It's funny because I've read another fantastic book by this author but there was nothing offensive in it. Thanks for your honesty!

    • Reply
      September 17, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      It's so true! I loved the book so much, but it was all those curse words that really took away from the book. You are right, if it was an adult novel, I would have been expecting it. But this book is intended for age 12 and up. It just had too much "stuff" in it for that age group.

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