Sep 12, 2013

Blog Tour: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Publication Date: 9.17.2013
Pages: 288
Genre: Contemporary
Series: No
Source: ARC from publisher

Rating: A+

Summary (from Goodreads):
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.

It’s not often I add a picture of GIF to a review. Call me old school, but I like my words to do the talking. But sometimes? There just aren’t words to describe your absolute love of a book.  And since you guys can’t actually see me sitting here, shaking with excitement like a Labrador puppy, I’ll give you this:

Oh, yes, my friends. This book is that freaking amazing.

Sometimes you just find your book soulmate. There’s no rhyme or reason, and it’s usually the book you never see coming. This Song Will Save Your Life by the amazing Leila Sales is mine.

From page one I just got Elise. I understood her need to be popular and accepted. My heart broke for the disastrous choices I witnessed her making. I wanted to protect and coddle her and keep her heart safe, but it was only through Elise being broken down and desperate that she emerged as one hell of a main character.

Typically a book needs a love story to make my heart beat erratically, and this book is no different in that respect. What is different is that instead of watching a girl fall for a boy, I was watching a girl fall in love with herself. Watching Elise transform from a girl who wanted to be loved by others to a girl who could love herself was the biggest joy of all.

I think one of the biggest reasons this book resonated with me was the music. Like Elise, I live my life with a constant soundtrack. I have a song, a playlist, a mix cd for every mood and emotion. Finding that one song that encompasses a memory or a specific emotion is like lightening in a bottle and winning the lottery at the same time. Sales perfectly captured that cosmic alignment repeatedly with Elise.

I cannot wait to hand this book to as many people as possible. Everyone needs to read this one. It’s easily making my top 5 favorite books of 2013.

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1.       Music plays an integral part of This Song Will Save Your Life. How important is music to you?
It’s probably a 9 on an importance scale of 1 to 10. I’m not saying I couldn’t live without it, but it is on the list of “things I would not want to live without,” right after nasal spray, Pepto Bismol, and Kleenex with aloe. (I get sick a lot.)

2.       Elise is an awkward, but loveable, character. Is she based off of anyone you know or experiences you had?
For sure. All my characters are based off me somewhat. They are not me, but they often view the world through the same lenses as I do.

3.       Did you consider any other titles for this book while writing?
I had entitled it “The Last of the Famous International Party Girls,” which is a reworked title of a Morrissey song. My editor didn’t feel that best represented the story, so she proposed changing it to “My Suicide Playlist.” I don’t remember which of us ultimately came up with “This Song Will Save Your Life,” but I’m very happy with it. The folder on my computer is still called “Party Girls,” but that’s just because I’m too lazy to change it, and anyway I know what it refers to.

        4.    I fell totally and completely in love with This Song Will Save Your Life—what’s the last book                    you fell in total love with?
Thank you! I’m thrilled that you loved it so much. The most recent book that I fell for was John Cusick’s Cherry, Money, Baby, which is also coming out this fall.

5.       What are you currently working on?
A lot of blog posts for the This Song Will Save Your Life blog tour! The full schedule is here: This is nearly the end of the tour, so make sure to get caught up on my earlier posts if you haven’t already.

The Leila Sales Soundtrack
What songs would you assign as the soundtrack to your life at these specific moments:

1. High School Days: “Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying,” by Belle and Sebastian

2. Love Life (past, present or future): “Maybe You Can Owe Me,” by Architecture in Helsinki

3. Finding out you were being published: “Time to Pretend,” by MGMT

4. Current writing project: “I Love You Always Forever,” by Donna Lewis

5. Theme song of your life: “Roadrunner,” by The Modern Lovers

The awesome folks at Macmillan are letting me giveaway one finished copy of This Song Will Save Your Life AND a CD with the TSWSYL playlist. Trust me - it's epic.

You must be a resident of the US or Canada and over the age of 13 to enter.



  1. LOL! A glass case of emotion. Yep. I think I'm squeezed in there with you. It's a tight fit but we can get through it! FABULOUS story! Loved Elise, the whole DJ thing, all of it. LOVED, I tell you! I plan on passing it along to as many people as I can, too. We'll be TSWSYL pushers. It'll be fabulous.

  2. I think it's Fighter by Christina Aguilera :)

  3. I started this one yesterday! I'm leaving on a trip on Sunday (for work) and it's definitely coming with me :)

  4. I want to read this book so much! I'm not sure what song would describe me, but one I could imagine as my life soundtrack is the Harry Potter theme song (or BBC's Sherlock's soundtrack...)

  5. One of Vienna Teng's songs used to describe me well, but not any more.

  6. I love music. I am always connecting music to characters instead of myself. I love your writing, especially "cosmic alignment". I sure want to read this story with Elise growing to be proud of herself. Splendid review!

  7. Oh wow, I have no idea what song describes me but I definitely need to read this book! It sounds pretty amazing : )


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