Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Macmillan's Childrens Books
All her life, Elise Dembowski has been an outsider. Starting a new school, she dreams of fitting in at last – but when her best attempts at popularity fail, she almost gives up. Then she stumbles upon a secret warehouse party. There, at night, Elise can be a different person, making real friends, falling in love for the first time, and finding her true passion – DJ’ing. But when her real and secret lives collide, she has to make a decision once and for all: just who is the real Elise?An irresistible novel about hope, heartbreak and the power of music to bring people together.This Song Will Save Your Life is a book that I have seen everything, and without seeing any reviews I still got the idea that everyone seemed to love it. So it was with a little trepidation that I started this book. I was nervous, I didn't want to be end up being 'that guy', the one person who just doesn't seem to like the book everyone else seems to be raving about. I had absolutely no reason to worry, I devoured this in one sitting. And, quite seriously, this book changed my life.
Elise Dembowksi became my female Charlie (from the brilliant Perks of Being a Wallflower), and this book captured me the exact same way that did. Both books show you a character who is just desperate to find their place; for someone, anyone to notice them. Elise was a character that I couldn't help but root for, feel for and hurt for. I hadn't felt what she had felt but she made me completely understand her, and the way she was feeling. Her voice spoke to me, and that is so rare to find.
Secondary characters are important to me, and this book provided me with so many great ones. I adored Vicky, who Elise meets at underground dance club Start. She was funny, caring and a strong character. We also have Pippa, Vicky's best friend, and Char, the DJ from Start. Char was, for me, a great romantic interest because he was so unbelievably flawed. I actually really loved that about him, he wasn't at all perfect, nor was he the sweetest, loving guy that you would want someone to be with. But, Char was everything that Elise needed, and I think that was why I came to like him so much, because she did.
I was captivated by this, so much so I didn't even keep any notes for the review, or any quotes I wanted to add in. I honestly did not put this down once, I couldn't. I know I will still be thinking about this book weeks from now, it's one that has earned a pride of place spot on my bookshelf and one I will definitely be rereading. I can't recommend this enough. Read it.
Thought-provoking, moving, emotional, inspirational, uplifting.
READ THIS BOOK.