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.
Ok, so when I see that a book is about music in some way or another, I know before I even start reading that it is a Jess Book. (I once read a book where the main character actually didn't like music and I have never related less to a character in my entire reading life.) Also, I've heard so many fantastic things about Leila Sales's writing. I haven't read her other books, but they have been on my radar...and even more so now that I read and loved this one!
Now, Elise is a flawed character. She's not super easy to like all the time. She does some extreme things for all the wrong reasons, she's a complete hypocrite sometimes, she does and says some things that make you want to punch her. But she'd also honest and earnest and really wants to figure out who she is and her place in the world. She's REAL, and that's what I love about her. Because, yes, it's great to read a book and think, wow, I love this character, I would totally be her friend. But, let's be honest, if you spent time inside the thoughts of anyone, even your best friend in the world, you'd find out she did things for the wrong reasons, was a hypocrite sometimes, and thought some things that made you want to punch her. That's how real girls are, even the most awesome girls. So this is why I loved Elise as a character...I loved her FOR her faults, because that's what made her such an awesome character to me.
So, music + flawed main character = you know Jess is in love. This book had gorgeous writing, too, so it was one that just got me in a way that not a lot of books do.
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