By Shar Good day or night, awesome readers! On wednesday I read two books and did very little else. I did read one chapter of one the night before (I think, I can’t remember even though it was that recent) and I had started reading the other about a year ago, but I began from the beginning. I’m going to review one now and one some other time, I’ll probably schedule it. Now you’re probably wondering ‘what are these books she speaks of?’ If you’re very intelligent, you may have surmised that one of them was This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. The other one was a collab called How To Be Bad. But that’s not important. And tell me in the comments: Have you read this song will save your life? What did you think? What other books about bullying and DJ’ing have you read? Do you think that American schools are portrayed as having more bullying? Title: This Song Will Save Your Life Author: Leila Sales Themes: Bullying, acceptance, suicide, school, parties Genre: contemporary
My blurb: Elise has been bullied and excluded at school her whole life. She hates it. So the summer after 9th grade she begins her next big project- to become popular. She watches the right movies, buys the right clothes, and learns the names of all the famous pop artists. But she can’t make herself listen to the awful pop music. On her first day, she expects everyone to notice, to include her, to feel like she finally fits in. But nothing has changed. So she does something drastic. 9 months later, everything’s changed. Elise’s parents watch Elise closely, but they don’t realise that she sneaks out every night, to walk and be alone. But one night, Elise randomly finds a dance party. In a warehouse. At 2 am. For the first time she has real friends,a place to belong, and a passion-DJing. But what is Elise’s true identity? Is Start really the place for her? How can she hide herself from her parents? Things are getting complicated fast. What I liked: Elise was a great character who really developed over the novel, and was flawed and interesting. I liked the family-her little siblings, her dad, and her relationships with them, and that they weren’t mysteriously absent the entire time. The setting was interesting and complex. It portrayed blended/separated families in a realistic way, I think, although I’m not that experienced in such areas. The language was raw and honest. There were a lot of secondary characters who were interesting, and some lovely quotes like ‘”I don’t believe that anyone who is a legitimately interesting person can ever be popular as a teenager”‘. The premise was interesting, and I liked learnign more about Dj’ing. What I disliked: My school is not that clique-ey. Nobody I know would ever do something as mean as what was done to Elise. The romance was meh and weird and disturbing, and one thing Elise did was really mean. She didn’t seem to spend much time at school, and I think that setting wasn’t developed enough. And if Elise was so amazing and precocious, why did she care so much about popularity? I also wished somebody at some point actually explained how all the DJing works for clueless people like me.
Plot:4/5 (interesting but predictable)
Cover: 3/5(pretty but hard to read, the highlighted words LOVE didn’t really make sense)
Total: 3.75/5 (because decisions are hard)