by Sales, Leila

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.

Elise Dembowski is not afraid of a little hard work. In fact, she embraces it. All her life, she’s taken on big, all-encompassing projects. When she was eight years old, she built her own dollhouse. When she was thirteen, she taught herself stop-motion animation. And when she’s fifteen, she embarks on the biggest, and most important, project of them all: becoming cool. Except she fails. Miserably. And everything falls to pieces.
Now, if possible, Elise’s social life is even worse than it was before. Until she stumbles into an underground dance club, and opens the door to a world she never knew existed. An inside-out world where, seemingly overnight, a previously uncool high school sophomore can become the hottest new DJ sensation. Elise finally has what she always wanted: acceptance, friendship, maybe even love. Until the real world threatens to steal it all away.
Leila Sales grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from the University of Chicago. Now she lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works as a children's book editor. Leila spends most of her time thinking about sleeping, kittens, dance parties, and stories that she wants to write

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Edgy and irresistible. If this book were a song I'd have it on repeat with the volume all the way up.

Quote: Sarah Mlynowski

You know the first time you hear that song - the one that’s got exactly the right voice, beat, and lyric, the one that’s going to spin in your head and stick to your heart and never let you forget it? Leila Sales has bottled that perfect energy in This Song Will Save Your Life. I didn’t want to let go of Elise Dembowski; darkly comic, heartbreakingly resolute, and just edgy enough that you can never predict her next move. A wild, witty, funny, thumping good read. (You will also end up downloading a whole lot of awesome music you remembered that you can’t live without.

Quote: Adele Griffin

Leila Sales’s This Song Will Save Your Life needs to be on your to-be-read list! A perfect harmony of laugh-out-loud moments, heartbreak, and hope. I didn’t want this book to end.

Quote: Eileen Cook

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.

Review: Booklist

A sweet, funny story about finding yourself in a crowd, owning your talents, and rocking out on the dance floor of life.

Quote: Madeline George

Brazil: Globo; Britain: Macmillan; Czech Republic: Albatros Media; and Israel: Yediot

Quote: Foundry

Elise is a remarkably self-aware character. Her journey toward acceptance—of others and of herself—is compelling. The supporting characters are equally well-developed, with the strengths and flaws of real people. Sales’ narrative, rich with diverse music references, reverberates with resilience. Pulsates with hope for all the misfits.

Review: Kirkus

Peskin struggled with fine tuning the title for YA novelist Leila Sales’s next book, This Song Will Save Your Life (Farrar, 2014), changing it several times before she and Sales were completely satisfied that it accurately reflected the work’s caliber.


Quote: School Library Journal

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