Elise Dembowski doesn’t know how to fit in. She dresses in the wrong clothes, and says and does the wrong things. She’s not looking to be popular; she just doesn’t want to stick out for the wrong reasons. But after a very unsuccessful attempt at making friends her first day of sophomore year, she goes home and decides to cut herself, getting her attention but not in the way she wanted.
Elise’s only outlet is music. When she’s not in class, she’s plugged into her iPod listening to anything and everything. Since she’s always under the watchful eye of her parents after her “episode” she takes to sneaking out for long walks at night. One night she stumbles upon a couple of girls who take her into Start – a nightclub. It’s there that she meets Char, the club’s DJ. He takes her under his wing and teaches her the art of DJing. She’s finally found somewhere where she feels she belongs and people who understand her. But will a hateful blog about her, a first romance, and the lies she tells to go to Start end up crushing her new-found dreams?
Elise’s story if filled with humor, sadness, self-discovery and an awesome soundtrack (okay, you’ll have to provide the music but Leila Sales gives you a playlist to get you started). The book has recently been optioned as a possible movie or musical (read about it on Entertainment Weekly here) so read it now before everyone else is talking about it.