This Song Will Save your Life

This Song Will Save your Life

Book - 2013
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Nearly a year after a failed suicide attempt, sixteen-year-old Elise discovers that she has the passion, and the talent, to be a disc jockey.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2013
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374351380
Branch Call Number: SALES LEILA
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 22 cm


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May 21, 2017

Great read for a broard range. Elise was written well as a character, making her very real and able to relate or feel for her even if she is different in personality to yourself. The relationships of all characters were done really well and you could feel connected to others in the story not just Elise.

I thought the last paragraph was perfect. She got a clarity and wisdom from her experience that some would take longer to really cement and although a little predictable I found the ending was satisfying and emotional, I felt proud for her and surprised on her confidence I wish I had that type of confidence as a self-critical type especially while doing what she did but as a book not a biography of someone I thought it was done really well and really honestly, including capturing and setting the scene of the different parts of her life well.

Apr 03, 2017

I loved this book, I thought it was really inspiring and I just thought a lot of people could relate to Elise.

Aug 17, 2016

This was a very inspiriring book.
She goes through suicidal thoughts, bullying, school, and breakup, and all Elise want's is to DJ. I couldn't put the book down and I loved it!!

RDPL_Teens Oct 21, 2015

Brilliant story about a young women trying to find where she fits in the world, discovering her talents & joy through music and finding her own sense of community! Fun, Inspiring, Great read!

Jul 28, 2014

I hope there is a sequel!

Jul 02, 2014

I liked and disliked this book. I'm glad I read it, the book wasn't bad. But I got bored while reading it, so I didn't continue. A week or two later, I started reading it again and I finished it. Like I said, I'm glad I read it but it's not one of my favorites.

liza98 Jun 28, 2014

I loved this book. It was so emotional and indepth that it made you connect the the main character in ways you never thought you would

Jun 22, 2014

This book is one of the most relatable books for teens that I have read in a while. It deals with tough subjects of suicide, fitting in and cyber bullying in a moving, insightful, inspiring and often comedic way. I highly recommend this book!

Jun 14, 2014

I'm not even sure where to begin. Elise is so real and suffers from such a painful combination of self-scrutiny, naivety about others, and deep convictions about what's really important in life and who is really on her side, half of which are wrong--I was rooting for her so hard from the very start and I couldn't look away until the very end, though I flinched pretty hard several times along the way. A great read.

Nov 08, 2013

Elise really is so self-aware, so clear on how she feels and why...I can see where being in high school can kind of screw with that - make you think that you need to look a certain way, act a certain way...She tries to fit in, but I don't think she tries very hard, because who really wants to be someone they're not? She finally finds something she's good at, makes some new friends, finds a guy (who's a douchebag, but that's later), and starts to figure out that she has a place in the world, and she's comfortable there. Most of her observations and sentiments are spot on, though some of her interactions with her family seem to be her pretending to be someone else. I thought it was a really decent book.

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Jun 21, 2014

Sexual Content: 2\10

Jun 21, 2014

Violence: 3/10

Jun 21, 2014

Coarse Language: 7/10

Jun 21, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: 1/10


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Dec 17, 2014

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"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." -- Elise Dembowski


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