Book Birthdays September 15th – 21st: The Dream Thieves, Frozen, This Song Will Save Your Life & more!
We’d like to wish a very happy book birthday to each of this week’s YA/middle grade new release lovelies! We’re excited for some long-awaited sequels and a few interesting debuts this week. Which new releases are you most excited to read?
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
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.
Here are links to some particularly well-written, thoughtful reviews of This Song Will Save Your Life:
The Social Potato Reviews “Anyone who has ever felt loneliness will easily find themselves relating to Elise’s situation and troubles, making it quite a painful (in a good way) and uplifting experience.”
Nick’s Book Blog “The writing was my favorite part of This Song Will Save Your Life. Leila Sales writes gorgeously. She really made me feel all the emotions coming through the pages and her prose flowed smoothly and beautifully.”
MTV Hollywood Crush “The book is funny, insightful and captures with unflinching authenticity the experience of a bullied kid; Sales gets everything right as she shows how even a smart, self-aware girl with involved parents and a bright future can end up crushed by the hopelessness and helplessness of being victimized.”
Pretty Deadly Reviews “This Song Will Save Your Life was amazing. Absolutely amazing. I had some struggles with the main character, Elise, but other than that, this book is heartbreaking and powerful.”
A Reader of Fictions “This Song Will Save Your Life is a book that I could see saving lives. I sincerely hope that young people who are friendless and desperate, who do not understand why no one likes them, find this book and know that they’re not alone. “
Anna Reads “It also celebrates being different, which is partly why it felt like such a ‘real’ story. Everything Elise experience was amplified for the sake of storytelling, but it still reminded me of what it felt like to be a teenager.”