Please take a moment to review Hachette Book Group's updated Privacy Policy: read the updated policy here.

Who Put This Song On?

Who Put This Song On?

‘A brilliant debut of black girlhood and mental health; at turns unflinchingly irreverent, laugh out loud funny and heartbreakingly honest’ Elizabeth Acevedo, bestselling author of The Poet X

‘Morgan Parker put this song on – and I hope it never turns off’ Nic Stone, bestselling author of Dear Martin

‘It’s perfect’ Samantha Irby, bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

‘I love this book’ Julie Buntin, author of Marlena

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 world is listening to the same terrible track on repeat – and it’s telling them how to feel, who to vote for, what to believe. Morgan wonders, when can she turn this song off and begin living for herself?

Life may be a never-ending hamster wheel of agony, but 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 doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Darkness is just real.

Loosely based on her own teenage life and diaries, Morgan Parker’s WHO PUT THIS SONG ON? is an outstanding debut, full of courage, generosity and reasons to live.
Read More

Genre: Children's, Teenage & Educational / Children's / Teenage Fiction & True Stories / General Fiction (children's

On Sale: 24th September 2019

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781472154194

Reviews

Lovely, honest, wrenching and funny - a tribute to music, survival and the power of finding beautiful moments of "temporary escape"
New York Times
Nothing short of triumphant
NYLON
2019 justly belongs to Morgan Parker . . . [she] is one of this generation's best minds
Danez Smith, New York Times
Morgan Parker's poetry is vital, in both senses of the word. Her most recent collection, There Are Things More Beautiful Than Beyoncé, was an absolute knockout
Literary Hub
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
EW