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Review of This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales is a book for anyone who’s ever struggled with fitting in, feeling like an outsider, or pursing your true passions because it might not “be cool.” Sixteen year-old Elise Dembowski has never been cool, but her sophomore year of high school will be different – She’s studied all summer on the key-points of being cool. This year will be different, thinks Elise. “This should have been a red flag, I realize in retrospect. Working really hard on anything is, by definition, not cool.” Needless to say, nothing changes and she is still uncool and bullied by her classmates despite her outward approach to fit the part. Elise is miserable and she almost gives up for good. Her only solace is found in music, and one night she happens to stumble upon an underground dance party where her passion in music is shared. How will Elise navigate her new found life as an underground nightclub DJ with her curfew and watchful parents? Dancing, vinyl, beat matching, and a pair of unicorn boots will keep the pages turning as readers live the life of an aspiring underground DJ.

Elise’s struggles to understand herself in her own mind are real and relatable throughout the book. Her friendships and relationships are real too, and readers will be right with Elise as she fights for her passion, makes new friends, and deals with her daily life.  “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.” This book will make a reader proud to embrace his or her flaws and talents and to use them to be extraordinary in his or her own way. This is a story I wish I had in high school, but even as a young adult – it still moved me. Please pick up this book – It is amazing and it will touch you with humor, raw passion, and totally lovable characters.

Not to mention this book offers a playlist at the end and features awesome music throughout the book. Music lovers unite! I was even compelled to add some music to Leila Sales’s list. Here are some songs and artist albums you can find in our collection:

David Bowie – Let’s Dance

Empire of the Sun – We are the People

Gorillaz – DareDamon Albarn’s band after BlurThe song Girls and Boys is mentioned and listed in the book.

Daft Punk – One More Time

Midnight City – M83 (Feat. on Warm Bodies soundtrack)Hoping to get their albums added to our collection!

Modest Mouse – DashboardAlso hoping to get their albums added to our collection!

 

What songs would you add to your own underground dance party? If we don’t have it – Request it! …OR tell me about it, and I’ll request it!

Play it loud!!!

– Sarah, currently re-reading Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb

 

 

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