Lisi Hong


Excellent, Young Adult, Leila Sales, Depression, Bullies, High School, Music, DJing, Friendship, Family

Document Type

Book Review


After an attempted suicide, 911 call, hospital stay, and 24-hour watch by her divorced parents, Elise was back to normal high school life, which means bullies everywhere and no friends to be found. Elise has never been “cool” or “popular,” so when she finds an underground club and people who instantly accept her, she falls in love with the people, the music, and the judgement-free environment. Most importantly, she falls in love with DJing. Once she leaves the club though, she is back to being uncool Elise. As her DJing prowess increases and an offer to DJ on Friday nights appears, Elise chooses to sacrifice her family relationships and school in order to do what she loves; however, this choice does not make her any happier than she was before she found the club. Only when she finds a way to combine her family and her secret DJ life is she truly happy. In the end, Elise opens her heart to her new friends and family and finally embraces who she is.