Book cover for This Song Will Save Your Life

This Song Will Save Your Life

Age 12 +



10 October 2013
288 pages
Imprint: Macmillan Children's Books


'if you like good, character-driven contemporary YA, read TSWSYL' Sarra Manning
'a beautiful book about the power of music' Lauren Oliver
'this book spoke to me on so many levels. I wish I’d had it as a teen' Marissa Meyer
The beginning of the book sees Elise in a quite a dark place. She's working hard on changing her image so she'll fit in at school and when all her attempts fail, she ends up feeling suicidal and harming herself. I have huge respect for the author for taking on these subjects and managing to get inside Elise's head and portray her worries so well. The book also deals with issues like cyber bullying and references eating disorders and binge drinking. I think it's important that books don't shy away from these things and although some scenes may be dark, I was really pleased with how they were addressed. This Song Will Save Your Life managed to balance everything really well so that you feel the emotion but there's enough uplifting moments to keep you entertained as well as moved.