Book Review: This Song Will Save Your Life

Hey, Nerdy Peeps! It’s been a while since I have brought you a book review and I finally finished one worthy of a review.

Book Review: This Song Will Save Your Life

Book Snippet

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.

Why This Book…

I heard about this book through a book tubers channel and thought why not give it a shot. It happened to be a mental health based recommendation and I haven’t really read a book with mental health in it. At first, getting into it I wasn’t sure I was going to like it, but I was wrong. Now, I’m not going to lie the beginning was great, and I loved the end, but the middle almost lost me. The book just got to be so slow and I wasn’t really sure what was going to happen. I was so close to putting this book away and not finishing it. As I powered through the ending finally saved this book for me.

One of my favorite things in the book was the name of the secret dance club. I think Leila did a good job with calling it Start because it was her way of showing that Elise was starting her life how she wanted to be accepted. Now, I hated her love interest in this story. Char was awful and to me just a jerk that preyed on a vulnerable girl. So, he can go flush his head down the toilet.

“I believe that a person’s taste in music tells you a lot about them. In some cases, it tells you everything you need to know.” (Goodreads)

Elise Dembowski

I LOVED her! Now, don’t get me wrong, acting on self-harm just for attention made me mad, and I wanted to hate her, but I got passed it. I felt like I was just like her when I was in high school. Wanting to be just like everyone else, was a big thing for me before I hit my sophomore year. So, it was really easy to relate to everything she was going to. Making friends wasn’t easy for me, and until I hit my senior year I finally made some amazing friends.

Also, being able to find herself through her love a music was awesome to me. I love using music as an escape, and she found friends who loved her for herself. I did think she was nuts to be walking around alone at night but hey when you find an awesome dance party I guess walking at night is worth it.

Even though her family couldn’t tell, I could really feel her depression and anxiety throughout the whole book. Then when she got through it and realized she didn’t need to be liked by being like everyone else, I was like thank goodness she figured it out!

You think it’s so easy to change yourself. You think it’s so easy, but it’s not. True, things don’t stay the same forever: couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred. And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self-spinning, shifting positions– but always, at last, it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor. Because throughout it all, you are still, always, you: beautiful and bruised, known and unknowable. And isn’t that – just you – enough.”  (Goodreads)


This book does contain some triggers.

  • Self-harm/suicide
  • depression
  • anger caused by anxiety
  • anxiety attacks

Definitely, give this book a shot if you are needing a good mental health read. It was pretty relatable for me and I am so glad to add it to my shelves.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Also, let me know your thoughts if you’ve read it.

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