This Song Will Save Your Life


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group


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.


One of my biggest passions aside from reading is music, so when I read about the use of music in this book, I knew I had to have it. Once I started This Song Will Save Your Life, I realised it was about much more than music and high school. It’s about finding out who you are and learning to accept who you are.

This book centres around Elise Dembowski. I think we’ve all either known or been an Elise. She is unpopular and doesn’t have friends. She tries to put her finger on why she’s so disliked, so she spends time making herself ‘trendy’. She changes her appearance and catches up with all the latest celebrity gossip. This fails and so does a cry out for attention. When Elise is ready to give up, she discovers Vicky and Pippa and the party ‘Start’. Elise’s life begins to change as she finds friends, a hidden talent and acceptance.

I devoured This Song Will Save Your Life. It was so easy to read. The writing was beautiful. Elise’s voice really shone, and I felt like I was reading someone’s diary entry. I can understand why some readers believe she comes across as believing she’s better than anyone else, as Elise does seem to judge others, just like she’s judged. But for me, that made her more human. After all, don’t we all judge others at some point?

I think This Song Will Save Your Life is a powerful read. It encourages learning to accept yourself for who you are, which I believe is a very important message.

“Sometimes people think they know you. They know a few facts about you, and they piece you together in a way that makes sense to them. And if you don’t know yourself very well, you might even believe that they are right. But the truth is, that isn’t you. That isn’t you at all.”

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
The Coldest Girl In Coldtown- Holly Black


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