Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jen Reviews This Song Will Save Your Life

Title: This Song Will Save Your LifeAuthor: Leila Sales
Published: 2013
Source: Purchased myself
Rating: 4.5 stars


I've been in a reading slump of epic proportion. This is the first book I've finished in months because nothing would hold my attention. Thank you, Leila Sales for getting me out of it!

Elise, my heart really went out to her. She so desperately wants to fit in that she spends the entire summer buying new clothes and reading magazines that she thinks will help her make friends with the popular kids at her high school. Her hope is that someone will ask her to sit at their lunch table because otherwise she spends lunch period in the library or in a classroom. 

But then one night she accidentally stumbles upon a warehouse dance party and it literally changes her life. Elise finally has something to look forward to and makes friends (Vicky, who is awesome. Where can I find a friend like her??). While probably not realistic for your average teenager girl I loved Elise's "secret" life. No one knew she snuck out of her house to go to a warehouse party every Thursday night. Actually I am amazed that there are teenagers who sneak out of their house without getting caught. The house I lived in growing up was old and creaked too much, to get a door to close you almost had to slam it, and my pets would have definitely given me away.

I really just loved this book and the message of accepting yourself and that there better days are ahead (even when things just seem absolutely terrible).

Is there a song that has saved your life? Or has gotten you through a rough patch?

Music is so so so powerful. There are songs that remind me of certain people or times in my life that I immediately think of when I hear them. 


  1. Great premise and sounds really sweet :)

    I definitely know about how songs can mean something special and how particular songs have accompanied me through both sad and happy times.

  2. First of all, glad to hear I am not the only one in an epic slump. I have been reading the same 7 books for weeks now! Also glad to here you have found your way out! Second, I really loved this one. I liked Leila Sales' other books, but this one was so different. Powerful. Have you read A.S. King? Love her stuff. ~Megan

    1. I have not ready any A.S. King books. What would be the best one to read first?

  3. I loved this one so much. I heard so much hype so I was hesitant to read it but I'm so glad that I did. It's so absolutely wonderful and although there isn't one song that I'd credit with "saving" my life, I think music saves my life everyday. It's that idea that someone has been through whatever I've been through and even though I might have never met them it's comforting to know that you're not alone.

  4. I liked this one a lot, too. It was sometimes dark, but some teens go through those emotions, and they may be able to identify with the book.

    I especially liked Elise and Harry's relationship. Besides Vicky, I think that is my favorite part of the book.

  5. I've never had a song that's saved my life, but I have songs that help change my mood. Notmally, if I've had a bad day at work then I stick some of my classic nineties punk rock on and it cheers me up. I don't know why. I don't know how, but it has that affect. And there are plenty of songs that make me smile because they remind you of different things.

    I absolutely loved This Song Will Save Your Life because I can relate, everyone can. There has always been a time when someone has felt they don't fit in and you want to change yourself, so seeing the effort that Elise put into fitting in was heartbreaking. It was definitely up there in the best books I've read recently. I'm never a huge fan of books with a message because it's so often not done well, but this one subtly reminds you of how you are who you are and the best people will accept that.

  6. Great review, I also loved this book but then again I am a sucker for anything YA that has to do with music! =)

  7. I agree that this book is something special. I wasn't in a slump when I read it, but I feel like I've been in one for a while after reading it (not finding other books quite as inspiring lately). I just loved how excited it made me about music in general, and I find myself tracking down some of the music on the list at the back to check out the stuff I don't know.

  8. JEN! I am obsessed with this book! Not at all what I thought it would be and it BLEW my mind.

  9. I adored this book!!! I'm so glad to see that it helped you out of a reading slump. Now, I just have to figure out how to get out of mine!

  10. I've started and stopped reading this book. It seems that this one needs a specific mood to get into, but all the reviews that I have seen are all positive, so when that mood hits, I might just dive in and stick it out until I'm done. Brilliant review!

  11. A fantastic review! I haven't read this book but I've heard a ton of good things about it.
    And yes, I have SO MANY songs that make me think of very specific people when I hear them. SO MANY. I should make a playlist just out of them. :-)

  12. I loved this book, but being from the same state as this book was set in, I kept getting distracted by the fact that the author kept thinking the main character could walk from one town to another, when they're really far away lol.


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