Wednesday, August 21, 2013

While You Wait (6): This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Release date: September 17th, 2013

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.

(Summary from GoodReads)

For a while this summer I fell off track with this feature.  However, I had the chance to read an early copy of This Song Will Save Your Life, and I'm pretty excited about it.  Sales' third novel is one that a lot of readers will connect to on an emotional level.

In This Song Will Save Your Life, Elise has to learn the ins and outs of learning how to DJ.  If you love that aspect of the book, I think that another title about a vinyl lover will probably appeal to you. 

Another story about a girl who finds friends through music. The means of expression here is a little different, but then again, who wants to read the same book twice?

More nighttime outings, mysterious identities, and lots of art.  Fans of This Song Will Save Your Life will appreciate the art featured in Crowley's novel, along with the prose and characters.

Perhaps you prefer to read about someone who plays an instrument--classical.  Maybe you want to hear the story of a girl who gives up music wanting to bring it back into her life.  A lot of the musicians Zarr mentions are classical, but there are a few modern ones in there as well that fans of other genres will appreciate.

So those are my suggestions.  If you check any of them out, let me know what you think.  Are there any others you'd add to this list?


  1. I was fortunate enough to get an e-galley of TSWSYL and I loved it! I'm glad to see you promoting it and hope readers will be eagerly snapping it up when it releases.

  2. Great feature Liz! I loved TSWSYL and Graffiti Moon. Awesome picks!



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