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This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life

A Novel

Leila Sales

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)


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, Leila Sales' THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

YALSA Teens' Top Ten, IL Abraham Lincoln High School Book Award, Capitol Choices Noteworthy Titles for Children and Teens, Oklahoma Sequoyah YA Book Award, CT Nutmeg Children's Book A ML, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Missouri Gateway Readers Award Master List, YALSA Best Book for Young Adults


You think it's so easy to change yourself.
You think it's so easy, but it's not.
What do you think it takes to reinvent yourself as an all-new person, a person who makes sense, who belongs? Do you change your clothes, your...

Praise for This Song Will Save Your Life

“The emotional resonance of Elise's journey . . . feels very much of the moment.” —The New York Times

“*Pulsates with hope for all the misfits.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“*What sets this apart from so many problem novels is how honestly and deeply Sales probes the life of a miserable 16-year-old, from her cringe-worthy attempt at "learning" how to be popular to the observational, rather than emotional, look at what it feels like to be with a guy.” —Booklist, starred review

“*Pulsates with hope for all the misfits.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review


In the Press

An underground club scene becomes a refuge for Leila Sales's ostracized teenage heroine. - The New York Times

Reviews from Goodreads

Leila Sales

Leila Sales is the author of the novels Mostly Good Girls and Past Perfect. She grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Chicago. Much like the characters in This Song Will Save Your Life, Leila regularly stays up too late and listens to music too loud. When she's not writing, she spends her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, chocolate, and the meaning of life. But mostly chocolate. Leila lives and writes in Brooklyn, New York, and works in children's book publishing.

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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