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Preview: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

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.

Though I will admit that I was rather annoyed with Elise's character through the first part of this book, she did grow on me as the story went on. This is probably a testament to Sales' skill as a writer—she was able to take what could have been a cliche and turn it into something both heartbreaking and heartwarming. There's a lot going on in this book, especially on an emotional level, but what it comes down to is finding your place, within your family, among your friends, and in the world. And that's what made This Song Will Save Your Life a great read.

Rating: 4.25

Review copy from publisher Macmillan

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