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This Song Will Save Your Life: Push by Matchbox Twenty, a guest post by author Leila Sales (Blog Tour)

I am a pretty huge fan of This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales. For one, it is about music, which I love, and how music can in fact save you. On Sunday we discussed some of the songs that have saved TLT. And tucked away in the pages of This Song Will Save Your Life is a friend standing up for another friend when she sees a group of young men sexually assaulting her very inebriated friend in a club, reminding us all that she is too drunk to consent. I discuss this scene as part of The #SVYALIt Project. On April 14th This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales comes out in paperback, with a brand new cover, so if you haven’t read it yet I highly recommend that you go get a copy. It’s a really great book. Today as part of the This Song Will Save Your Life Blog Tour, author Leila Sales is sharing with us a song that saved her life. At the end of this post we are giving away an ARC of Leila’s September 2015 release, Tonight the Streets are Ours.

I competed on my high school debate team, so on Saturdays I would wake up early, put on a businesslike skirt and shiny Mary Janes, and get in the team van. We would then drive to St. Sebastian’s or Phillips Exeter or some other New England prep school, where we would argue about the electoral college all day long.

In the van we would take turns playing music on the stereo. This was in the days before CD burners or iPods, so I made mix tapes. I’d keep a blank tape in the boom box by my desk and listen to the radio while I was doing homework, and whenever I heard a song that I liked, I would quick hit “record.” So all the songs on my mixes were missing the first fifteen seconds, had static throughout, and had lost their final notes to a radio DJ’s voice saying, “You’re listening to Mix 98.5!”

One Saturday in the debate van, we were playing one of my mixes, and an older girls commented, “Leila, you must really love Matchbox Twenty.”

And I said, “What’s Matchbox Twenty?”

She laughed and said, “The band that played half the songs on your mix tape so far.”

I hadn’t known this; I had just hit “record” whenever something sounded good. But apparently everything that Matchbox Twenty did sounded good to me. And that’s how I realized that Matchbox Twenty was my favorite band.

To this day, this still seems to me like the most authentic way to fall in love with a song. Not because you’ve read a review that tells you it’s objectively good, or because a friend tells you it’s cool, or because it’s played a million times in a commercial. Just because you hear it, without knowing anything at all about how you’re “supposed” to feel about it, and still you want to hear it again.

Thank you Leila!

About the Books


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, This Song Will Save Your Life is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

ISBN: 9781250050748






From the author of This Song Will Save Your Life comes a funny and relatable book about the hazards of falling for a person you haven’t met yet.

Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she’s tired of being loyal to people who don’t appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called “Tonight the Streets Are Ours,” the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn’t exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn’t exactly who she thought she was, either.


With special thanks to Macmillan, TLT is giving away an ARC copy of Tonight the Streets Are Ours, which comes out on September 15th. Giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only please. Enter the Rafflecopter below by Midnight on April 14th to be entered to win.

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Author Links/Info

•             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.

Full Blog Tour Schedule:

http://www.paperiot.com/                                                        April 2, 2015

http://theirishbanana.blogspot.com/                                     April 3, 2015

http://www.rainydayramblings.com                                       April 4, 2015

http://lilisreflections.blogspot.com/                                       April 5, 2015

http://www.thecompulsivereader.com/                              April 6, 2015

http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/                                April 7, 2015

http://www.thebookcellarx.com/                                           April 8, 2015

http://www.greatimaginations.blogspot.com/                 April 9, 2015

http://thebevybibliotheque.net/                                             April 10, 2015

http://jenuinecupcakes.blogspot.com/                                 April 11, 2015

http://www.tickettoanywhere.net/                                       April 12, 2015

http://www.bookaddictsguide.com                                        April 13, 2015

http://macteenbooks.com                                                          April 14, 2015

http://www.perpetualpageturner.com                                 April 15, 2015


  1. Kaitlyn A. says:

    Both these books look awesome! And I am in love with the cover redesign of This Song Will Change Your Life.

  2. I love Leila’s books.

  3. Danielle says:

    I love your reason for why and how to love songs! I know that as a teen, I used to sometimes be ashamed about who I enjoyed because they weren’t “indie” enough. But now that I’m 30, I just say “Yes, please bring on The Backstreet Boys!”

  4. Eileen M. says:

    I loved This Song Will Save Your Life. And I am really looking forward to Tonight the Streets Are Ours. Friendship & the power of music are two of my favorite themes in a YA novel.

  5. Love love loved her first novel. Cannot wait to read the new one!!

  6. This Song Will Save Your Life was amazing! I even got one of my friends to read it through my book pushing. Hahaha. I’m so excited for Tonight the Streets are Ours!

  7. I love when books bring music into them, especially if there is a soundtrack (spotify?) to go along with it! I miss making mix tapes, this new generation of burning CDs just isn’t the same as recording off the radio.

  8. Really loved what Leila had to say about discovering a song and falling in love with it because of what YOU heard and not because you were supposed to based on other critic’s opinions. As far back as I can remember, I would be anywhere (the grocery store, in the car, watching a movie) and I’d hear a song and be like “ohhh what is that?!” and immediately I’d want to own it so I could listen to it over & over again. Thankfully with today’s technology I can shazam it right there and within 2 minutes have it downloaded to my iPhone from iTunes 🙂 Back in the day though, I would write down the lyrics and have to look them up online. And before the internet, I just relied on the radio to please mention the title at some point 😉 Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  9. Leila Sales has gotten totally lucky when it comes to cover designs – I think the HC and PB covers for This Song Will Save Your Life are both really gorgeous and I also adore the one for Tonight the Streets Are Ours! I can’t wait to read Tonight the Streets Are Ours since I absolutely loved This Song Will Save Your Life!

  10. I loved TSWSYL! One of my favorite books from last year! I’ve reread it a couple of times again since! Definitely looking forward to Tonght the Streets are Ours!

  11. I loved This Song Will Save Your Life! I’m just a sucker for books about music and I love bookish playlists, so… 😉

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