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Who Put This Song On?

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Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town suburbia, seventeen-year-old Morgan knows why she’s in therapy. She can’t count the number of times she’s been the only non-white person at the sleepover, been teased for her “weird” outfits, and 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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: September 24th 2019 by Delacorte Press
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Adam Dalva
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I came into this YA novel (out 9/24) as a huge fan of Parker's poetry, so I'm not surprised that the language shines or that the imagery is fantastic. But more: the plot is gripping and relatable - a girl, an outsider, stuck in suburbia, wanting to break free, trapped in many ways. Beyond the excellent romantic imbroglios and school issues, the novel takes on mental health issues and race in wonderful, important ways - it is also very funny, and a pitch-perfect recapturing of a time and place (t ...more
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who Put This Song on? is the most accurate depiction of teen depression and anxiety I've ever encountered and will be an automatic recommendation for anyone going through a hard time. The dichotomy of Morgan's space as a young African American woman in a mostly white high school and her desire to fit in with other outcast groups is also really beautifully explored here.
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***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WHO PUT THIS SONG ON? by Morgan Parker in exchange for my honest review.***


As a teen, writer Morgan Parker feels like an outsider. Her christian high school hardly has any other black kids and her white therapist doesn’t get it. Morgan is suicidally depressed with anger and sadness her most prominent symptoms.

WHO PUT THIS SONG ON? is a niche book that will probably appeal to a narrow group of readers and for that reason, I
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wanted so badly to like this book. Morgan Parker was a featured author at a dinner I attended and when talking about this semi-autographical story she was hilariously honest about the struggles she endured during her teen years that led to the writing of this book. I put it at the top of my very tall TBR pile and couldn’t wait to dive in.

Unfortunately, the book isn’t as funny and engaging as the author is. I understand that it’s about mental illness but I found it very difficult to read. The m
Leah Rachel von Essen
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker was one of the most lovely YA contemporaries I’ve read in some time. Parker’s novel captures what it was like to be a teen in 2008 superbly. Morgan, the main character, is a real teen with real depression struggling to feel normal, already a black emo girl at a mostly white school, and now she’s going to therapy and struggling with her meds.

Parker has said that much of the novel is based on her own life, and it shows: together with her sheer writing talent
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from BookCon 2019 and Delacorte Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I would like to open this review by touching briefly on how much I liked Morgan Parker’s writing style. This novel is poetic without being flowery and it all flows together so well. There was such an amazing balance of description, dialogue, and events and I never felt like I was being “told” something. There’s a
Shanna Miles
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Morgan is a California girl but she’s far from typical. Fresh from a suicide attempt and on the shaky ground of recovery, she’s figuring out how to deal with parents who don’t understand her moods (though, she doesn’t really understand them herself), and how to continue to survive as one of only a handful of Black kids at a private Christian school. She doesn’t look like the other girls, dress like the other girls and she prefers Emo to Hip-Hop. Firmly outside of what passes for normal at her sc ...more
Susie Dumond
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Morgan feels cursed. She's clinically depressed, and she's struggling to communicate about it with her family and friends. And in her mostly white California suburb, her teachers, classmates, and even her friends have a way of making her feel like an outsider. So when no one around her gets where she's coming from, how can she figure out who she is?

This is an incredibly raw, real novel that pulls from Morgan Parker's life and teenage experiences. It's not plot-driven, and I think that's a streng
Ms. Yingling
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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Interesting and timely, but more YA due to language and situations.
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I could not fully follow the writing style. The flow and pacing of the book felt veryyyyyyyyy off.
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Morgan Parker is the author of THERE ARE MORE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAN BEYONCÉ, a Goodreads Choice Award semi-finalist, and OTHER PEOPLE'S COMFORT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT, selected by Eileen Myles for the 2013 Gatewood Prize. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Tin House, The Paris Review, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Best American Poetry 2016, The New York Times, a ...more