HI GUYS. I’m waaaaay more excited than I normally am on a Wednesday. Why you ask (even if you didn’t…I’M TELLING YOUUU)? Because Leila Sales is on the blog today answering some of my questions and I couldn’t be more delighted. I ADORE Leila — both as a person and a writer and I sang HIGH HIGH praises for her book This Song Will Save Your Life back when I read it. A peek at what I said about it from my review: Its spirit pulses from the pages, right through to your veins and reverberates in your soul — a feeling reminiscent of any great concert or night out dancing where your ears are still buzzing and the music still pounds within you.” Read my full review!

I’d invite Leila on the blog any day ending with a Y just because but she’s here today to celebrate This Song Will Save Your Life coming out in paperback YESTERDAY! I’ve been DYING for it to come out ever since I had the honor of revealing the paperback redesign for it.

This Song Will Save Your Life Leila Sales paperback

So, let’s have a chat with Leila and then you can check out the AWESOME giveaway (no seriously, I’m dying for her new book and one of you lucky little book nerds is going to win it).


1. If books used pick-up lines when readers stood by the shelves trying to choose which book to pick up, what would This Song Will Save Your Life’s pick-up line be?

“Hey, what are you doing tonight? There’s a club if you’d like to go. You could meet somebody who really loves you.”

2. Since music is such a HUGE part of This Song Will Save Your Life obviously (and a huge passion of mine), I’m wondering what are 5 songs that have topped your playlists lately!
LOVE this question. When I wrote THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE I wanted to include only those songs that had already stood the test of time, so I don’t get a lot of opportunities to talk about newer songs that I’m digging right at this very moment.

Here are some of them:
“I Wanna Get Better,” by Bleachers
“Shut Up and Dance,” by Walk the Moon
“Sex,” by 1975
“My Friend Has a Swimming Pool,” by Mausi
“Palisades Park,” by the Counting Crows


Jamie note: AH Leila…I love Bleachers as well and same with Walk the Moon whom the husband and I just got to see in concert and they were so fun!


3. One of the things that Elise struggles with is making friends until she meets Vicky, Char and Pippa. Two part question, what other YA character do you think Elise would be good friends with? And what do you think is the difference between making friends as a teenager vs. making friends as an adult? (if there is a difference to you)
I could see Elise hanging out with Audrey from Robin Benway’s AUDREY, WAIT! They could go to shows together and have a blast. (Jamie note: LOVE THIS CHOICE. )

Difference between making friends as a teen versus as an adult: So, first of all, adults aren’t out to make you look and feel stupid all the time. Adults who make snide remarks about what you’re wearing, or about how excited you get about the “wrong” things, are universally understood to be huge jerks and wildly immature. Unfortunately, those behaviors are commonplace in high school. Because in high school there is ONE hierarchy of “cool” versus “not cool,” whereas in adulthood there’s no one set of rules that we are all “supposed” to be trying to follow.

Also: being a kid or teen is bizarre because you are divided up by age. You are for some reason expected to have things in common with some randomer just because you are fourteen and she is also fourteen. In adulthood, you can choose a career doing something that you care about, and through that career you get to meet other people who care about that specific thing. You get to choose what city to live in, and meet other people who chose to live in that same city. And even if those people are a decade younger or older than you, you still can be friends with them, and they will have actual things in common with you.

4. One thing that I loved about TSWSYL is how Elise learns that you don’t necessarily have to CHANGE to find yourself but you just have to see those perceived weaknesses/quirks as your strength and learn to be comfortable in your skin and be who you REALLY are — not who other people think you are or even who they’ve made you think you are.  If you could go back and give teenage Leila advice about this topic, what would it be?
Pretty much just that: know who you are, don’t listen to the people who tell you that what you are is “wrong.” And don’t be ashamed of being yourself, because the things that make you special (or, in high school, “weird”) are the things that make you MATTER—a lot more than whether some popular girl tells you that you matter. This is easier said than done, but it’s all true.

5. I remember being a liiiiiittle nervous about the teenage DJ aspect of this novel before I read it because it totally COULD have turned out corny but instead you made it so believable and fitting. What kind of research did you do to make it feel authentic and fit with the story?
I went out dancing a lot! I’ve always done that, but while I was writing this book I would dance and try to describe what I was seeing and experiencing (in my head, of course). Over the years I’ve also been friends with a number of DJs (and I’ve dated at least three of them), so I’ve learned a fair bit about what’s involved.

Now let’s go for some rapid fire questions:

Song that you always want to dance to: “Beat Control,” by Tilly and the Wall.

Book that saved your life: LIBBY ON WEDNESDAY, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Song that you STILL know every word to from your teen years: “One Week,” by the Barenaked Ladies. (This is my party trick. I’ll pull it out if you give even the slightest indication that you want to hear it. Or even, frankly, if you give no indication.)

Song that you’d be most likely to pick for karaoke: Well, “One Week.” Or “I Liked You So Much Better When You’re Naked,” by Ida Maria. Or “None of Your Business,” by Salt ‘n’ Pepa. Basically, if we go to do karaoke, we are going to be there for a while.

Song that you associate with high school: Ohh there are a lot. Let’s say… anything off the Lifehouse album “No Name Face,” and “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World.

Book that you’ve loved recently: FAMOUS IN LOVE, by Rebecca Serle! Also everything that I’ve edited, naturally. (If you’re interested, I keep a Pinterest board of all of them: https://www.pinterest.com/prettytothink/books-i-edited/ Okay, end self-promotion.)

Current favorite album: A new album just came out from the Go! Team, so I’m really enjoying that, but it’s too early to call it my FAVORITE. I’d need to listen to it about a million times more. So let’s stick with “Strangers,” by RAC. They just write such good pop songs, it’s unbelievable.


Thanks for answering all my questions, Leila!! I feel like we are music soulmates (Tilly and the Wall <33 I feel like nobody I talk to knows them) and also I think we would have a damn good time doing karaoke together!



That’s right. TWO giveaways. Two winners. (US/Canada mailing addresses only).

GIVEAWAY #1: Up for grabs is an ARC of Leila’s upcoming release — Tonight The Streets Are Ours — which is one of my most anticipated books for this year! It sounds SO EXCELLENT. You can read more about it here.

Tonight The STreets are OUrs book

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Giveaway #2: A This Song Will Save Your Life mix cd curated by the participants on the blog tour — fun surprise and a chance to discover new music perhaps?

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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.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

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. This was such a great interview! Thank you for sharing it and the giveaway with us. I wanted to read This Song Will Save Your Life when it first released and I’d love to win a copy of Leila’s new release… I’m sure it will be excellent as well!

  2. I want to win this because I love THIS SONG and PAST PERFECT so I know I’ll love it.

  3. Such great questions, Jamie! I absolutely LOVED TSWSYL! And Tonight the Streets are Ours is one of my most anticipated books for this year! I just love how Leila writes!

  4. Jessica Lee says:

    What a great post! I love books themed around music because those are my two major loves in life. All wonderful music selections and great questions asked! I’ve picked up TSWSYL and am reading immediately. (and kudos to both of you because Walk the Moon is one of my absolute favorite bands, and Jimmy Eat World is in my top five of all time!)

  5. Great interview! I really enjoyed this book and I love mix tapes, so this is a great giveaway! 🙂

  6. I’m loving all the music recs in this interview. TILLY AND THE WALL<3 I know that rad band, and you're right that hardly anyone else has heard of them because their so obscure. I think it's pretty impressive Leila knows every word to "One Week" – this post is making me want to go karaoke!

    • YAAAAS another Tilly and the Wall fan!!! I’ve loved them since Wild Like Children and just have remained impressed by them! And I soooo want to do karaoke right now. NOBODY EVER WANTS TO GO WITH ME.

  7. I already own the HC version of This Song Will Save Your Life and I love its cover but I also really adore the PB too! Even though I really don’t have enough room for more books, I’m seriously tempted to get a copy of the PB! Thanks for hosting such wonderful giveaways!

  8. Kaitlyn A. says:

    I want to read this book because it sounds like the kind of book I would love!

  9. Great interview. Whenever I hear a Lifehouse song I go back in time. And LOL at One Week, I use to listen to that song on repeat in high school.

  10. Fantastic interview Jamie and Leila! SO many of the songs in the book were part of my own teen years and big faves, so it was fantastic seeing them there!

  11. I got This Song Will Save Your Life from my TBTB Santa this year and was so glad I did. I fell in love with this book.

  12. I would LOVE to karaoke “One Week” with Leila!

  13. I absolutely enjoyed This Song!!!! I cannot wait to read another novel from Leila 😀

  14. the playlist in the interview is fun

  15. Natalie Brown says:

    Hi! I want to win this book because it sounds so good & exciting! Thank-you for this super fun chance. 🙂

  16. Ahahah I loved the first question so much, that was pretty original! *-*
    Also the fire question about song, so many titles I have to listen to! *cough* One week *cough*

  17. Great interview. I’ve been following this tour and have been loving all of the song recs and hearing more about Leila’s writing process. I am definitely going to give Audrey, Wait a look now 🙂

  18. Eileen M. says:

    I loved This Song Will Save Your Life and can’t wait to read Tonight the Streets Are Ours. Big fan of Leila Sales.

  19. Yay! I love music related questions and since This Song Will Save Your Life features music, I love this. Ooh, I like that song by Bleachers. <3 And The 1975. I want to win either of these giveaways because mix cds are alleyways a great thing and I love the one night engagement/blogging aspect/NYC setting of TTSAO. I am basically dying for that book.

  20. OMG NO NAME FACE by Lifehouse. That was my first year college soundtrack. I’m so glad Leila likes them like I do…

    Off to listen to Tilly and the Wall now. =p

  21. Aaaah Tonight the Streets Are Ours is quite possibly my #1 most anticipated book of the rest of 2015, so I understand why you wish you could win this giveaway! At least you got to interview Leila Sales, and you got some great answers. I so agree that Audrey and Elise would make good friends. And I LOVE your first question about the pickup line – if only I could come up with such creative interview questions. 🙂

  22. LOVED this interview and the book! Leila Sales is a really sweet author and I have loved interacting with her. The new cover is really pretty, and I think I might pick up another copy.

  23. Woo for 1975 and Walk the Moon! I’ll definitely check out the other artists mentioned in this interview.

  24. Loved this song will save your life! Great Interview!