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.
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Plagued by bullies, high-schooler Elise Dembowski (named for The Cure's “A Letter to Elise”) is extremely self-conscious about her unpopularity. As her behavior becomes more self-destructive and isolating, Elise stumbles on an underground dance party and parlays her love of eccentric music into an attention-grabbing DJ gig. We definitely identified with Elise's conflicting desires to fit in and be true to herself. This Song Will Save Your Life is an uplifting story about learning to identify the people who truly matter.
Elise has endured a lifetime of social isolation and bullying at school. Walking alone one night soon after a halfhearted suicide attempt, the 16-year-old inadvertently ends up at an underground nightclub. There, an aspiring musician befriends her, and she catches the eye of Char, a cute DJ who agrees to teach her to mix music. But as talented, driven Elise spends more nights sneaking out to learn how to DJ (and kiss Char), her double life spins out of control. Elise is a complex, well-drawn character, and it's easy to relate to her sense of feeling like an outsider ("There are so many rules that you don't know, and no matter how much you study, you can't learn them all"). Sales (Past Perfect) fills her third YA novel with honest insights about high school's cruel politics, tender conversations between Elise and her equally struggling parents, and visceral descriptions of life as a DJ: "It felt like invisible veins and arteries ran between me and every person in that room, communicating information between us instantly and noiselessly." Ages 12 up.
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Best book ever! It shows that you can over came anything you set your mind too!
I was in my school library not really doing anything and I saw the book on the shelf and I'm like "this looks good" and I checked it out! I read the first par and that's when I usually put it away because I book picky! But I was addicted to it! The book is amazing!! I little naughty language for middle school but it's a great novel! Exiting, sad, happy and amazing book!! I finished it and all my friends want to read it! This is by far her best book!
This changed my life. It was far from amazing. It was perfect. Everything. The ending. The beginning. The middle. I love it so much, i just wish more people would read it. The taste in music is amazing. Its hilarious. Thrilling. Sad. Eventful. I just cant believe i have finally read the perfect book. This is my personal favorite.