This Song Will Save Your Life (Paperback)
A powerful coming-of-age story about an outsider who finds herself when she enters the underground music scene.
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, Leila Sales' This Song Will Save Your Life powerful young adult coming of age novel is an exuberant story about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.
"Heartbreaking, heartfelt, and eventually heart-lifting, this YA novel is one I won't soon forget. If you're a music junkie who also loves YA, read it alongside Len Vlahos's The Scar Boys or Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park." --Janet Geddis, Avid Bookshop
"Pulsates with hope for all the misfits." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Readers will be fascinated and touched by the first-person voice because of what is roiling beneath it. . . . Teens will connect with Elise] viscerally." --Booklist, starred review
"Sales gets everything right." --MTV.com
A YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
A BuzzFeed Best YA Book of the Year
A CCBC Choice
About the Author
Leila Sales is the author of the novels Mostly Good Girls and Past Perfect. She grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. Much like the characters in This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila regularly stays up too late and listens to music too loud. When she's not writing, she spends her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, chocolate, and the meaning of life. But mostly chocolate. Leila lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York, and works in children's book publishing.