Title: This Song Will Save Your Life
Author: Leila Sales
Published by: Macmillan Children's Books
Publication date: 10th October 2013
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary/Romance/Coming-of-age/Bullying
Everyone I know loves this book. The hype surrounding it went on for months, and I was a bit apprehensive to read it because of that. Now, just over a year since it was published, I've finally decided to give it a try.
My first impressions weren't great. Now, I don't think I've ever DNF'd a book, but the first half of this one is so extremely slow that I actually found myself wanting to give up several times. But I pushed through and it got better, thankfully.
I began to love the characters, especially Elise and Vicky. After a while, people in YA blur together because a lot of them tend to share the same traits. This Song Will Save Your Life was a breath of fresh air in the way that everyone is so different and none of them seemed to conform to YA stereotypes. I'm hoping the bluntly realistic and honest portrayal of teenagers carries over into Sales' other books.
Something I liked about Elise, especially, is that she got through the bullying by having a secret hobby. When I was getting bullied at school, literally no one - not even my friends, at the time - knew that I had a blog with a few thousand followers who actually took the time to see what was going on in my life. And no one knew that Elise was a secret DJ with thousands of fans who loved dancing the night away to her music. Blogging helped me like DJ'ing helped Elise, and that was nice to see.
Despite all of that, I still found myself getting bored in places and reading just to get to the end rather than reading it for enjoyment. Yes, there were parts I loved, but...it was lacking a lot. However, I will be trying Sales' next book when it comes out because it sounds interesting, and I'm hoping I'll enjoy it more. It's about a person who stalks a blogger, so I have a feeling it'll be slightly terrifying, and maybe a bit close to home, but I really want to check it out.
Do I recommend this book? Not really, no. While there were some parts that I liked, overall it wasn't anything spectacularly mindblowing. Saying that, I've only ever seen positive reviews of this book so maybe that's just me!