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Why you need to read This Song Will Save Your Life//

This Song Will Save Your LifeThis song will save your life

Author– Leila Sales


Publishers– Pan Macmillan

Genre– Mental health, contemporary, young adult, music

LinksGoodreadsAmazon India,Amazon International


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.

My Review

Don’t be special.” That’s what I would say to my younger self if I could pinpoint the moment when I went astray. But there was no one moment. I was always astray”

Basically i bought this book because it was up on sale. I thought it will be a light and relaxable read where i didn’t have to apply my deep thoughts.

But i was wrong.

This was much more than a book it was basically my whole life. It was so relatable that i felt all the emotions which were being portrayed in this book. I think this book should be read by every teenager who is facing a difficult time in their life. The book is the best portrayal of anxiety and bullying i have ever read. It seemed like i was living with Elise from the first page of this book because it was so visual. The writing style was perfect and descriptive but also gave space to the readers to think and imagine every situation.


Also, this book portrays the perfect side effects of depression and mood swings one goes while having ay kind of mental illness.

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.”

One of the important aspect of the book was bullying. Elise had to go  through bullying in school along with cyber bullying. The trauma one can have while being bullied is clearly shown.

People are who they are and, try as you might, you cannot make them be what you want them to be.”
“Throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable

I compiled a playlist while listening to this book and here are some of the songs

  1. Bad reputation by  Joan Jett
  2. Here to never growing up by Avril Lavrigne
  3. This song will save your life
  4. The call by regina Spektor
  5. Dont you forget about me
  6. Dont you wait by Cloves
  7. Save me by Aimee Mann
  8. Hotel California by Eagles
  9. I Want You To Want me by Letters To Cleo
  10. The weakness in me by Joan Armatrading

About the author

Leila Sales

Leila Sales grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Chicago. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works as a children’s book editor. Leila spends most of her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, dance parties, and stories that she wants to write. Learn more at

Have you read this book? what are your thoughts about it?


shreya ❤


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