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Who Put This Song On?

book | Fiction | 2019
US & Canada → Delacorte Press (Ed. Kate Sullivan)

Included in TIME Magazine's 'Most Anticipated books of Fall 2019' and BUSTLE's 'Best Books of Fall'


In the vein of powerful reads like The Hate U Give and Girl in Pieces, comes poet Morgan Parker's pitch-perfect novel about a black teenage girl searching for her identity when the world around her views her depression as a lack of faith and blackness as something to be politely ignored.

Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town-suburbia, seventeen-year-old Morgan knows why she's in her therapist's office. She can't even count the number of times she's been the only non-white person at the sleepover, been teased for her "weird" outfits, or been told she's not "really" black. Also, she's spent most of her summer crying in bed. So there's that, too.

Lately, it feels like the whole world is listening to
the same terrible track on repeat--how to feel, who to vote for, what to believe. Morgan wonders, when can she turn this song off and begin living for herself?

Despite life being a never-ending hamster wheel of agony, Morgan finds her crew of fellow outcasts, blasts music like there's no tomorrow, discovers what being black means to her, and finally puts her mental health first. She decides that, no matter what, she will always be intense, ridiculous, passionate, and sometimes hilarious. After all, darkness isn't a bad thing. Darkness is just real.

Loosely based on her own teenage life and diaries,
award-winning poet Morgan Parker delivers an incredible debut that will make readers stand up and cheer for Morgan--and ultimately for themselves, too.

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Reviews

Poet Parker offers readers a heart-filled, laugh-out-loud hilarious YA fiction debut. Morgan's pain and passion electrify every page. Her life feels like a mess, but faced with racism, rejection, and everyday growing pains, her hope and determination still shine through. A funny, clever, wild ride of a story about growing up and breaking free.

Kirkus (starred)
Full Review

This title will serve to open up conversations about black girls and mental health... A worthwhile purchase for any collection where teen contemporary realistic fiction is popular. Give to fans of Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X.

School Library Journal

Through this story based loosely on her own life, she takes readers on a journey of self-exploration, full of all the universal teenage angst and drama that surround school, identity, sex, rejection, and friendship...This fresh read provides a positive and inclusive take on mental health and wellness and offers readers some tools to survive on their own.


Jessica Anne Bratt
Booklist (starred)

Lauded poet Parker makes a triumphant first impression in the YA space with this lyrical semi-autobiographical story of a 17-year-old black girl struggling with depression while living in small-town suburbia

Entertainment Weekly

Parker has rendered a brilliant debut of black girlhood and mental health; at turns unflinchingly irreverent, laugh out loud funny, and heartbreakingly honest.

Elizabeth Acevedo
NYT Bestselling Author of The Poet

Poet Parker offers readers a heart-filled, laugh-out-loud hilarious YA fiction debut. Morgan's pain and passion electrify every page. Her life feels like a mess, but faced with racism, rejection, and everyday growing pains, her hope and determination still shine through. A funny, clever, wild ride of a story about growing up and breaking free.

Kirkus (starred)

As a weird, depressed, Radiohead-obsessed black post-teen myself, it’s clear Morgan ripped my heart out and splattered it across the pages of this book. It’s perfect.

Samantha Irby
NYT Bestselling Author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

It’s rare to find a book that aptly balances the comedy and tragedy of being human. Morgan Parker put THIS song on—and I hope it never turns off.

Nic Stone
NYT Bestselling Author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out

In this wildly smart book—about depression, high school crushes, faith, and being a black girl in America—Parker has created a voice that will be a touchstone of stories about growing up and growing wiser. I love this book.

Julie Buntin
Author of Marlena

Drawing on her own teen experiences, Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé for adults) adroitly touches upon matters of respectability and ‘presentableness,’ stigmas against discussing mental health issues in the black community and among young adults, and internalized and societal racism.

Publishers Weekly (starred)

This fresh read provides a positive and inclusive take on mental health and wellness and offers readers some tools to survive on their own.

Booklist (starred)

'Who Put This Song On?' is a lovely, honest, wrenching and funny - a tribute to music, survival and the power of finding beautiful moments of 'temporary escape,' even if 'when i return, the world is always the same.'

Chelsey Philpot
The New York Times YA Shortlist

Ultimately, what teen Morgan goes through showcases community, people, and experiences that aren't monocrome. Many coming-of-age stories, the author found, are hopeful but not always helpful. 

Jennifer Baker
Kirkus

Who Put This Song On?” is lovely, honest, wrenching and funny — a tribute to music, survival and the power of finding beautiful moments of “temporary escape,” even if “when I return, the world is always the dumb same.”

The New York Times

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