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Blog Tour: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales | Interview + Giveaway!

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Welcome to the blog tour for

Firstly, many many thanks to Macmillan for asking me to be a part of this tour! I first read THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE a little over a year ago and almost breezed through it in a day. It was so captivating and really spoke to me in many different ways so when I was asked if I wanted to be a part of this blog tour, I immediately said yes!

This Song Paperback CoverOne of the reasons I loved this book so much was because of the characters but also the importance that music played in their lives. There are many songs that have “saved me” over the years so I loved this concept for the book… AND Macmillan has turned this into a really great social media experience. You can share the songs that have helped you through hard times or mean the most to you with the hashtag #SongsThatSavedMe on social media and join the experience!

This book also got a gorgeous cover redesign for its paperback release! (Check it out to the left there!) I’m in love with the colors, the design, and still impressed that each word in the title is four letters so the words line up just perfectly! It helps make a wonderful design, doesn’t it?!

Now without further ado, I’m really excited to share with you my interview with the author of THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE, Leila Sales!


Brittany: This Song Will Save Your Life follows the story of Elise who finds her true passion in life learning the art of DJing and I loved how original and refreshing a teenage DJ was. Was there any inspiration for such a unique hobby for Elise?
Leila Sales: I love music—I always have—and I love going out dancing. Over my years of doing so, I’ve met many other people in the world of nightlife, including a number of DJs. It’s such an interesting culture with so many fascinating characters, and that made me want to set a story in this world.

Brittany: Naturally, music plays an important role in the book — a literal life-saving role. Why do you think music reaches us on such a personal and emotional level?
Leila: That’s a very complicated question, but I think the simple answer is that music—like fiction—makes us feel understood. Sometimes it seems like even your friends can’t understand your feelings or what you’re going through, but when you find an artist who gets it, then you no longer feel so alone, and your feelings are validated.

Brittany: Macmillan shared the playlist for This Song Will Save Your Life (which I absolutely craved and loved while reading the book!) and it was just so perfect. Are there any songs or playlists that you listen to for inspiration or while you write?
Leila: Thank you! I can’t think of few better compliments than somebody enjoying a playlist that I made. Generally when I’m writing I listen to “quiet” artists—the Clientele, Belle & Sebastian, the Acid House Kings, Camera Obscura—music that I love that’s not too distracting. But if I really need to tap into an intense well of adolescent emotion, then I go back to the soundtrack of my high school experience: Matchbox Twenty, Counting Crows, Lifehouse, Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind, etc. That should give you a down-to-the-year accurate picture of how old I am.

Brittany:The romance of the book involves Elise and Char, a DJ that she makes a connection with and who helps her learn some important DJing skills. Do you think the lines became a bit blurred between Elise’s emotions for her new hobby and her emotions for Char?
Leila: Sure. I think Char is an important catalyst. He helps Elise get to a better place in her life. But, you know, he has his own issues. Everyone does. Even cute slightly older guys with great taste in music.

Brittany: Elise was just so relatable for me — from the way she felt to the decisions she made. What’s been your favorite reaction that readers have had to Elise’s story?
Leila: I’ve been blown away by the positive responses I’ve gotten to this book. It means the world to me to hear from readers that meeting Elise makes them feel less alone, like they’ve finally found someone who understands them. That’s why we go into this job in the first place, you know. No one becomes an author to make millions of dollars—there are so many easier ways to get rich quick. We become authors to connect with readers, and to get real human experiences down on paper.

Brittany: Your next book, Tonight the Streets Are Ours, comes out in September. Can you tell us a little about it?
Leila: Tonight the Streets Are Ours is about a small-town girl who becomes obsessed with a blogger living in New York City. She’s never met him, but his writing makes her feel like he understands her more than anyone in her everyday life. So when his heart is broken, she sets out on a road trip to find him in person.

A big, big thank you to Leila Sales for this wonderful interview! I always love getting more insight to an author’s process and more details behind the book after I’ve read it. If you haven’t picked up THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE yet, be sure to do that ASAP!

leila sales author photo franck goldbergWant to learn more about Leila Sales and her books? We’ve got the hook-up below!

// Learn more about This Song Will Save Your Life
// Learn more about Tonight The Streets Are Ours
// Tell Us About Songs That Saved Your Life on Social Media with #SongsThatSavedMe
// Add Tonight the Streets Are Ours to your to-read list on Goodreads.
// Visit Leila’s website, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.

And don’t miss the rest of the blog tour!

April 2 : Paper Riot
April 3 : The Irish Banana
April 4 : Rainy Day Ramblings
April 5 : Lili’s Reflections
April 6 : The Compulsive Reader
April 7 : Teen Librarian Toolbox
April 8 : The Book Cellar
April 9 : Great Imaginations
April 10 : The Bevy Bibliotheque
April 11 : Jenuine Cupcakes
April 12 : Ticket to Anywhere
April 13 : The Book Addict’s Guide
April 14 : MacTeen Books
April 15 : The Perpetual Page-Turner


Thanks to Macmillan, I have TWO giveaways for you today! One winner will receive an ARC of Leila’s new book TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS! The second giveaway is for an amazing ‘SONGS THAT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE’ mix CD! There will be ONE Rafflecopter to enter for both giveaways and TWO WINNERS will be selected. US/Canada entries only, please. Must be 13 years of age or older to win.

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This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila SalesTitle: This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Publishing Info: September 17, 2013 by Macmillan
Source: BEA 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Music, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: March 2, 2014
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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.


I feel like I’ve been finally catching up with a lot of books that have received a lot of hype lately and THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE was definitely one of them. I picked up the ARC at BEA, having Leila Sales sign my copy, confident that I would fall in love with the book and this would be one I wanted to keep. Then with all of the hype about the book, praising how honest and amazing it was, my confidence didn’t wane, but the hype did start to allow doubt to set in just a tiiiiiny bit considering my recent track record.

Well, the good news is that I definitely still enjoyed it! Right from the beginning, I connected with Elsie, who has always felt like an outsider in her own life. She’s never been good at making friends, has never been the popular one, and somehow even after trying, she still doesn’t manage to fit in with really anyone at all. I felt so bad for her and just couldn’t grasp what exactly was wrong with every single kid at her school and why Elise couldn’t manage to get in good with anyone. In a way, I totally related to her. I wasn’t ever one of the popular girls in middle school (or high school, but I had stopped caring by then) and in a class of only twenty-four kids for pre-school through eighth grade, it was glaringly obvious when you weren’t a part of the “in” crowd and that was something I struggled with for a long time. That fact alone allowed me to connect with Elsie on many levels so I really appreciated that character connection and directly tapping in to my personal experiences.

I finished THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE in two days. I almost finished it in one afternoon but you know… Life got in the way. Anyway, I was utterly captivated and reading about Elsie’s story was both incredibly interesting and heartbreaking… But unfortunately for me, this just wasn’t a book that really stuck with me. I was totally sucked in as I was reading but only those pivotal moments in the beginning of the book really stuck with me after I finished and sitting here writing my review weeks later, I don’t feel the magic with me still that many other fans of the book did.

I think my lack of feelings towards the book may be because I didn’t connect with the rest of it as much. You see, Elise falls in love with a DJ but more so, she falls in love with DJing. It’s something she never even considered doing but she does love music and once she starts this new craft, she completely throws herself into it, determined to be the best she can be. I certainly know a thing or two about that having spent much of my time in high school perfecting the crafts that I could. I absolutely loved how much Elise loved music and I also loved the music featured and the bands that were named dropped (I even begged Twitter to let me know if there was a playlist. There is!!), but I just didn’t connect with the whole underground club scene and I wasn’t a huge fan of Elise’s new friends that she met there. I didn’t dislike them, but I wasn’t a huge fan of Pippa and the whole quasi-triangle thing between Elise, Char, and Pippa. I didn’t have major issues while I was reading, but it seems like the more things I think about as I review, the more things I notice that I just didn’t quite connect with.

I loved the message that this book sends and I absolutely could have used a book like this when I was in junior high or high school. I went through so many of the same things that Elise did — maybe not as extreme, but I had plenty of friend issues and especially in junior high, the constant wonder of the arbitrary system of who’s popular and who isn’t — and I think it’s definitely an important read if you’ve gone through anything like this (chances are, you have). I really loved how the book wrapped up and seeing Elise go through so many personal changes and revelations. For me, I think the hype monster did get me just a little bit. It’s hard to go into a book when everyone else raves about it and while I did enjoy it a lot, I’m not sure it’s sky-rocketed to a favorite for me.

I love how this book made me think back on my own history and it sort of brought a personal peace. I’ve already made peace with these things a while ago, but it’s always nice to have that reassurance that being popular or having a ton of friends doesn’t necessarily equal personal success. It’s about the quality of friends. The importance of family. The level of enjoyment you allow yourself to have in life. Most of all, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE tells us all that be whoever you are, no matter who that person is. Your dreams are so much easier to follow when you’re true to yourself and life is just so much more fulfilling that way.


“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!


Ew, typo in the first status update. Guess I was just too excited! Also, where was this supposed to take place? There was a mention of the Illinois fair but no such town exists in IL. HMMM.


Elise // Character Obsessions: Music, researching popularity, DJing.
I felt so bad for Elise, mostly because I had been in her shoes. I feel like so many people, especially girls, can relate to Elise’s experiences. Sometimes it’s hard not to be popular or to have a lot of friends and for Elise, it wasn’t almost more scientific at times than actually a strong desire to be popular. Elise just didn’t want to be alone anymore. Didn’t want to be made fun of. Her story was heartbreaking and yet uplifting and I really loved seeing her go through the various changes and the road of self-discovery throughout the book.
Char // Character Obsessions: Music, DJing, girls.
Char was… confusing. It was hard for me to really understand him and I think that was the point. I was always worried for Elise and what her relationship with him might become and I was afraid of his potential to hurt her. I actually ended up disliking him a lot, if we’re just being honest here, and I was very protective of Elise whenever he was in the picture! I am happy for his willingness to teach her how to DJ though.


Kept Me Hooked On: The unexpected. Who would expect a book about a teenage DJ to be such a success? I love how the readers were introduced to something so extraordinary and uncommon and making it something amazing. I loved that the book wasn’t entirely smashed in the city too. Elise lives a suburban life… And yet somehow ends up in this hidden underground world of music, dancing, and nightlife.
Left Me Wanting More: Emotion. Oh, there were plenty of things to be emotional about in this book, but I felt like Elise herself was more calculating and scientific about things at times than emotional. I think I always connect with a more emotional side because I’m really able to just lose myself.

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This is definitely a book that even though it didn’t end up as a total favorite, I’d still recommend to everyone to read. It’s an important journey regarding self-worth, family, friendships, and following your dreams. I think most of us have gone through was Elise did in one degree or another and it’s definitely something that helped me reflect on my own past and come to a certain peace about how things went down in junior high and high school, even more so than I thought I already had.


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