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This Song Will Save Your Life (English Edition) di [Sales, Leila]
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'if you like good, character-driven contemporary YA, read TSWSYL' Sarra Manning

'a beautiful book about the power of music' Lauren Oliver

'this book spoke to me on so many levels. I wish I’d had it as a teen' Marissa Meyer

The beginning of the book sees Elise in a quite a dark place. She's working hard on changing her image so she'll fit in at school and when all her attempts fail, she ends up feeling suicidal and harming herself. I have huge respect for the author for taking on these subjects and managing to get inside Elise's head and portray her worries so well. The book also deals with issues like cyber bullying and references eating disorders and binge drinking. I think it's important that books don't shy away from these things and although some scenes may be dark, I was really pleased with how they were addressed. This Song Will Save Your Life managed to balance everything really well so that you feel the emotion but there's enough uplifting moments to keep you entertained as well as moved. (Total Teen Fiction http://totalteenfiction.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/review-this-song-will-save-your-life-by.html)

I was just drawn in by everything I read - I liked the music references, I really enjoyed reading about the other characters, whether it was Elise's family or the people at the party. This Song Will Save Your Life is such a real and raw and emotional book, it made me fall in love with Leila Sales and her writing. (Reading in the Sunshine readinginthesunshine.wordpress.com)

The story is incredible, the way you feel about Elise from the start is powerful because she is just so messed up, she is so alone and so sad about it all. She wants to be happy but just like all 16 year olds she doesn't really know the best way to go about becoming the person she wants to be but have people like her for it. The very start of the book honestly made me sad, really sad, Elise is so low and I could see why and how that felt and I've been there, to the point she was at. It's an awful place to be and it's hard to read about it but I knew I had to keep reading, to see what happened and see where the story goes. It had its hard places, but it also had some great places and I loved how much Elise grew. (Readaraptor http://readaraptor.co.uk/this-song-will-save-your-life-leila-sales/)

Unexpectedly crawled under my skin and nestled into my heart where I imagine it will stay for a long time to come (Jess Hearts Books http://jessheartsbooks.blogspot.co.uk/)

I haven't given five stars to a book for a very long time . . . one of, if not the best contemporary book that I've read in years. (Stepping Out of the Page www.steppingoutofthepage.co.uk)

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower meets Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist: an isolated teen finds herself - and romance - through music.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 287
  • Numeri di pagina fonte ISBN: 0374351384
  • Editore: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edizione (10 ottobre 2013)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00DTUKKAI
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5.0 su 5 stelle Suicide Requires the Perfect Playlist--Even If You Don't Really Mean It 21 ottobre 2015
Di Sarah @ MG YA Book Reviews - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2013.

Once, at the start of her junior year of high school, Elise Dembrowski attempted suicide, The thing about committing suicide is you've got to have the right playlist, that is, you do if you're Elise Dembrowski. Elise's attempt doesn't succeed--she didn't mean for it to--but it does start her on a new path.

When Elise returns to school, she gives up once and for all on school social life and launches herself more firmly into her music and the midnight walks that calm her. When one night she comes across an all night dance party, Elise finally finds a life in which she can be a star rather than a misfit, but she'll have to sneak around and deceive her parents to keep up her new lifestyle. Will Elise manage to make her new dreams come true?

I loved this book about a high school misfit who finds her passion and ends up to be the coolest kid around. I think the story will resonate with many teens who are trying to navigate the waters of high school social pressures and life as a young adult. This one would make a great addition to personal, classroom, and library collections.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Like Looking in a Mirror 30 aprile 2015
Di hanakinstarbuck - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
In high school, I was very similar to Elise. I was the weird, quiet girl in the back who read novels when she was supposed to be studying, and got in trouble for crocheting in class. I spent my lunches in the library most days. I didn't *want* to be alone, though.I desperately wanted to fit in, to be accepted, to belong. I dreamt of having a gaggle of girlfriends to gossip with over lunch and a boyfriend to cuddle and kiss and go on fun dates with. So from the first page of This Song Will Save Your Life, I felt like I was looking into a mirror to my past, and it definitely hurt.

Unlike Elise, I did manage to keep one friend in high school, and I truly believe that we saved each other from a very dark fate. Elise doesn't even have that, however. Everyone picks on her, hates her, and basically treats her like s***. She basically spends the summer studying how to fit in--what kind of clothes to wear, what celebrities the cool girls talk about, how to do her hair and makeup "the right way". It backfires the first day back to school--she realizes that by trying to study up on what cool kids do, she's already turned herself into the awkward outsider once again. So after an awful lunch with the so-called "nice girls" who still exclude her and leave her to pick up all their trash, she decides to go home and kill herself.

This first scene really resonated with me. A lot of the time, there isn't one big thing that makes someone want to die. It's all the little things, the ones that build and build on each other until that last straw--the one that breaks the camel's back, so to speak--finally pushes you over the edge. I truly felt for Elise. To me, she felt more like a real teen than alot of other novels I've read lately. I just wanted to reach in and give her a hug.

I loved her transformation over the course of the book. Her love of music and DJing is what helps her open up and finally make some friends that love her for who she really is, not who she's pretending to be.

There were a couple things that bugged me--I didn't like the way she treated her dad or her little sister-- but they still seemed like a true teen reaction to me. Also, I had a hard time believing a girl so young was able to get in to Start without once showing her ID. I also didn't care for Char much, but I think that was intentional. However, none of that took away from my enjoyment of the story and watching Elise finally embrace who she is.

This Song Will Save Your Life is a powerful novel, and I think it could give hope to those out there like me, the ones who've always felt like they didn't quite belong.
3.0 su 5 stelle For outsiders who love music 13 agosto 2015
Di Pink Amy - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Grade: C

Bullied and unpopular, Elise has never figured out how to make friends. One night, sneaking out to take a walk, she stumbles upon an after hours club where she makes friends and discovers she has a passion for DJing. The only problem--if her parents decide she's out in the middle of the night, her new life could be over.

If we're to buy into Leila Sales premise that Elise is the most unpopular girl ever to walk the halls of her high school and a target for bullies, I wish there was more of a reason other than wearing uncool clothes. I didn't find realistic that she sneaks out of her house in the middle of the night for months without anyone realizing. Also, her parents reaction (this isn't a spoiler because anyone would know this had a major point of conflict) was completely unrealistic.

I liked her humorous voice, but over all she treated others poorly including an incident with her little sister that would have had me dragging Elise to a therapist to figure out her behavior.

THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE will appeal most to outsiders interested in music. Sales' writing is engaging. Aside from Elise, the characters were interesting.

THEMES: music, family, divorce, self mutilation, high school, bullying, friendship
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3.0 su 5 stelle About finding your tribe away from the hierarchal hell of high school. 11 dicembre 2013
Di Alpha Reader - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
When Elise Dembowski tries to change herself into a popular (or, okay, not so universally hated) girl, she does so the only way she knows how – research. She watches all the cool movies and TV shows, absorbs magazine articles and YouTube videos so that, by the time she returns to high school after break, she’s ready to make some actual friends and leave her former days as a despised geek behind. Except that it backfires.

What happens next is a total accident that sees Elise reaching out to a fellow classmate and rushed to the emergency room. Now she’s more of a pariah than ever before.

One night she sneaks out of home and goes for a walk, to try and get out of her own head. During her wandering she literally stumbles across Start – a secret warehouse party. Here she meets party girl Pippa and her best friend, rocker Vicky. She’s introduced to sweet doorman Mel and watches the super hot DJ, Char (short for ‘Charming’) do his thing in the booth.

After that first night, Elise is hooked. And when Char offers her a taste of the DJ booth, she makes it her mission to learn everything she can about vinyl control, beatmatch and learning to read a crowd and give them exactly what they want.

‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ is the new young adult novel from Leila Sales.

Okay. So. Full disclosure: I went into this book as one of those people who doesn’t have a very high opinion of DJs. I pretty much think they press play and know a lot of music, without necessarily having any musical talent … and I might have once said something to the effect of; “iPod shuffle has eliminated the need for DJs. Thank God.” But, y’know, that’s all on me. Clearly I have not had good experiences with DJs. Admittedly; I've never been a big partier and have not had the joy of attending a secret warehouse party like Elise does at Start. And, yes, I can appreciate that maybe the real DJ gods reside in places like New York and London and not so much Frankston, Victoria or even Melbourne (from what I've heard. Trust me).

But, still, those were my prejudices going into this book, and the ones I couldn’t shake even by the last page. Which probably explains why I've given this book 3-stars. Because I couldn’t really understand the transcended DJ music experience that so moves the protagonist. And when Char, Elise’s DJ mentor/guru, offers insights like; "anyone can put together an iPod playlist and press play, but not just anyone can have my job," I pretty much rolled my eyes and was all, “O, RLY??”

But the DJ stuff aside, ‘This Song Will Save Your Life’ did have some aspects that actually worked for me. A big focus of the book is on bullying – Elise is a young woman who has always been treated like dirt at school. She’s never had any friends, and every one of her classmates has treated her as an emotional punching bag for no other reason than she dresses a little differently and isn’t terribly impressed with popular culture.

Leila Sales did a good, if harrowing, job of presenting Elise’s life as hell-drudgery where she knows to expect the worst and be resigned in her role as outcast. The really heartbreaking sections are when Elise attempts to be ‘normal’ and fit in, only to be beaten back down by her bullying classmates.

With that in perspective, when she discovers Start it’s less about the music and more about her finding a tribe away from the hierarchal hell of high school. When she meets Pippa, Vicky, Char and Mel, Elise starts to realise that high school does have a finish line and it is possible to survive. In that respect, I liked what Start represented as a place where Elise could be herself and be celebrated for her difference.

There’s a bit of romance presented in Elise being mentored by Char and this was where Leila Sales scored the biggest points for me. She didn’t write a twee love story. Instead, Char is a hard character to pin down – in one sense he’s a total jerk, in another he’s very sympathetic for being someone for whom things don’t come naturally and he has to battle the green-eyes monster. I loved how multifaceted he was, and that Sales didn’t write a run-of-the-mill romance for him and Elise.

But, ultimately, the novel fell a bit flat for me. I felt like, much as Start was a great outlet for her, there was meatier story in Elise’s home and school life but I always felt like Sales wrote those as backdrops and never gave enough meaty exploration into those worlds. Case in point was when Elise’s relationship with her father became strained under the weight of her hiding her DJing sets … I was hoping Sales would stick with that for a little longer, pull it apart a bit more, but it ended up just being a crutch and neatly tied up.

And it was also hard to get into a book that had such big things to say about DJing when I was never terribly moved or convinced by that world. But, y’know, I've read some rave reviews of this book so maybe how much you love it comes down to whether or not you’ve had a truly moving musical experience with a stellar DJ … unlike me, when I've only been subjected to scratchy techno crap. Oh well.
5.0 su 5 stelle See when I first started reading it I wasn't too sure what to think I mean this could've been a repeat of thirteen reasons why ( 8 novembre 2014
Di Miranda - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
This was one of those books that even as an adult its worth the read.
It dwells on the topics of suicide, fitting in, bullying, and just finding yourself no matter what it is.
See when I first started reading it I wasn't too sure what to think I mean this could've been a repeat of thirteen reasons why (that book was great so I'm not knocking it down.). For me I was going into it thinking it wasn't going to be new enough. These topics of suicide and bullying and finding ones self have been done a lot and not many good. But instead I found myself up late, way late if were being honesty reading and have a few tears shed because honestly Elise's life it sucked. This book will have an adult going back and thinking about their own childhood, teen years, hell even college or work years. And once your back on those scuffed stairs and hallways of a school you'll see yourself whether you were un popular, popular, or just didn't care. And it'll just make you think about all the things that happened and how you choose to survive...
Elise did and I'm glad she did.
My favorite things about this book was the characters they weren't all overly developed so you had a bunch of baggage characters but they were made real enough that it was flowed well and everyone had his/her own voice. The DJing was awesome as well that was a new fresh take, don't think I can recall ever reading about a character being a DJ so that was exciting, that and the playlist at the end of the book was EPIC its now a playlist on my Spotify and I've listened to it a few times since reading this book. All in all this story was amazing definitely worth picking up and reading. And for me it'll be re-read probably soon.
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5 dancing stars
re-readable: Definitely
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