This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila SalesWednesday, April 16, 2014
Author : Leila Sales
Genre : Contemporary
Published Date : September 17th 2013
Publisher : Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Pages : 279
Pages : 279
Source : Bought
From Goodreads :
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.
When it first came out, this book received so many attention on the blogosphere. But I'm not really interested at it at that time, because well, music is not my thing.
And the first time I actually am curious this book, it's from one of my friend in blogosphere (Cue to you, Kezia :D), saying about how much she loved it and all. And since our taste is similar, I said to myself, well why not?
And turns out, this one is a piece of amazing.
And I really love that this book managed to captured that raw emotion so beautifully, and it really connect with the real world and the real peer pressure. The writing was also light but still thoughtful, and it has managed to make me devour it on one sitting.
The characters were all great and very well-developed too.
Elise as the main character had this unique personality, and it's lovely to see her living up to this until the very end, that even the condition changes, she doesn't. And the way she behaved is believably weird, and maybe if you read it, you could say like "Wow, this girl is exaggerating everything", but I see it with my teenage's eye, and her action was like, weird but just how I expected a socially-awkward teen to behave. And another plus point is that both her parents are pretty much alive and existing, not just questionably absent like soo many YA novels out there.
The side characters also had its different role too, all with their own issues and their own personality. And even the assholes did has his own issue for doing things, and making it perfectly sensible, while being still unacceptable. And if it's not an amazing balance, I honestly don't know what is.
Overall, I think this book really succeed in tackling the issue of bullying and overwhelming peer pressure and identity crisis in teenager. Completed with powerful characters and fun but straight-to-the-heart writing, I truly recommended this book.