Wednesday, June 15, 2016

This Song will Save Your Life by Leila Sales {MINI REVIEW}

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.

Book Title: This Song will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Chick-Lit
Publication Date: September 17th 2013
                                        by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

My Review:

"Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice" is what the blurb of this book suggests. I feel it is such an understatement. Since Past Perfect, I've been a fan of Sales' writing. Her books are not only novel in their subject-matter, but also the characters and the way the story is dealt with is nothing but perfection. And I love how her book covers always celebrate life and living it as you wish. Elise's is a story of fitting-in, something most of us have faced at some point of our lives. She is witty, good-hearted, sarcastic and a fun person to be with, but apparently that's not all you need to fit in. People don't like her. She's the kind who eats her lunch all alone by herself at lunch period. She is the girl everyone prefers to have disappeared. She tries so hard, SO, SO hard to fit in, it's heart-breaking. But it's how things happen in real. People like Elise more often than not end up being the "losers" in everything, no matter how amazing they are as persons. It's like Sales took a character from our real life (who is probably me) and put her into the book and created awesomeness. Elise is a nobody, and yet she is you, she is me, she is everybody.
What do you think it takes to reinvent yourself as an all-new person, a person who makes sense, who belongs? They will still see past that, see you, the girl who is still too scared, still too smart for her own good, still a beat behind, still, always, wrong.
There is no main male lead in this book as such. But there is this character Char. He is so like the typical-guys-I've-seen-around-me that I'm amazed at not being able to hate him like I want to. Sure, he is a complete ass, but he is a typical guy we've all met at some point and the fact that he looks so real is what makes him a great asshole :p

This book will make you laugh, make you cry, possibly break your heart but leave you with a smile that is worth all of it.

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