This Song Will Save Your Life

April 10, 2017

Author: 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. (Goodreads summary)

My Thoughts:

The theme is one I can relate to: that in the end, fitting in with the rest of the world isn’t worth it, not when it means giving up yourself. The actual story and writing is honestly kind of meh. Too much like all the other YA stories out there.

Content Review:

Sexual Content: Girl observes a couple of other characters kissing: boy/girl, two boys. School kids gossiping about the popular students wonder “had he (random student) cheated on Laura with Leah before breaking up with her?” One character trying to figure out another two character’s relationship: “So then why did you have sex with her?” “Because she’s hot.” Some kissing. Girl tells boy “You know, I’m not going to have sex with you,” as a warning when he starts kissing her. Some verbal flirting.

Language: 6 scatological terms, 5 derogatory terms, 2 d***, 3 hell

Violence: Girl decides to kill herself: considers various methods for a little while before deciding to cut her wrists. She cuts three lines across her wrist, not too deeply, before changing her mind and calling another girl, who calls an ambulance. Characters discuss a news story about a school shooting. Non-physical bullying goes on (snide comments and looks, one girl goes so far as to create a fake blog/diary online attributed to another girl to mock her).

Other problems: Some underage drinking, one instance of pass-out level drunkenness.


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