Who Put This Song On?

Who Put This Song On?

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...

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Title:Who Put This Song On?
Author:Morgan Parker
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Who Put This Song On? Reviews

  • Adam Dalva

    Out Today: I came into this YA novel 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

    Out Today: I came into this YA novel 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 (the 00's) that feels so near that it's touchable, so far away that it's unrecognizable. Great music too!

  • Bianca

    At a time when everyone says things like "wow exposed," "I feel seen," or "omg ME" about simple things all the time, it's hard for me to articulate how deeply and seriously I feel those things about this book... This is the most of myself that I have ever, ever seen in any piece of media and it was EXTREMELY overwhelming. I had multiple highlighters on hand every time I read this because I needed to highlight so many different lines and passages for a myriad of screaming reasons, and I needed to

    At a time when everyone says things like "wow exposed," "I feel seen," or "omg ME" about simple things all the time, it's hard for me to articulate how deeply and seriously I feel those things about this book... This is the most of myself that I have ever, ever seen in any piece of media and it was EXTREMELY overwhelming. I had multiple highlighters on hand every time I read this because I needed to highlight so many different lines and passages for a myriad of screaming reasons, and I needed to be able to find them again. The amount of personal truth in here was staggering and also emotional to know that someone else had similar experiences on such a granular level.

    Earthshattering.. five stars and beyond.

  • Mya Alexice

    This was SO GOOD. It's 2008 and Morgan is a black girl amidst a mostly all-white suburb struggles with racism, depression, liking boys who only like white girls, and finding her place. Really amazing stuff. Finished reading in 2 days! What a fantastic debut novel by Morgan Parker. Can't wait to see what she does next.

  • Sami

    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.

  • Slaa!!!

    Somewhere between a 4 and a 5!! I think my favorite thing about this book was the fact that it was semi-autobiographical. I really like Morgan as a person and it was cool reading her story as a teenager, or however much of it was her story!! Because it was true to life, it felt a little meandery with no solid happy ending. But that’s understandable and realistic! I did enjoy it very much, I enjoy Morgan’s voice, her way of viewing the world, and sense of humor. And I appreciated that it presente

    Somewhere between a 4 and a 5!! I think my favorite thing about this book was the fact that it was semi-autobiographical. I really like Morgan as a person and it was cool reading her story as a teenager, or however much of it was her story!! Because it was true to life, it felt a little meandery with no solid happy ending. But that’s understandable and realistic! I did enjoy it very much, I enjoy Morgan’s voice, her way of viewing the world, and sense of humor. And I appreciated that it presented mental health and depression in a truthful and realistic way.

  • Trisha

    Surprising, lyrical and authentic

  • Kathy - Books & Munches

    TRIGGERS: Panic attacks, use of alcohol and drugs, homophobia, racism, talk about suicidal thoughts and suicide, pregnancy scare, attempted sexual abuse (cut short but still..)

    REPS: LGBTQIA+, anxiety, depression, African American, Christianity

    Once I got more into the story - more on the start of it later -, I liked Morgan more and more. She started feeling multidimensional and layered to me. Even though it took a while to get to that point, I really did like the character she became over t

    TRIGGERS: Panic attacks, use of alcohol and drugs, homophobia, racism, talk about suicidal thoughts and suicide, pregnancy scare, attempted sexual abuse (cut short but still..)

    REPS: LGBTQIA+, anxiety, depression, African American, Christianity

    Once I got more into the story - more on the start of it later -, I liked Morgan more and more. She started feeling multidimensional and layered to me. Even though it took a while to get to that point, I really did like the character she became over time. I ended up seeing a character struggling with life and people, who was still able to function and have conversations as well. It showed that anxiety isn't one thing or another but completely depends on all kinds of small things. The most normal thing to someone else might be the trigger to a panic attack for someone with anxiety.

    I don't think I ever saw anxiety represented that well in a book. Or maybe I've just been reading the wrong books? Any recommendations are more than welcome!

    The entire story is set in 2008, when Obama was running for president. I actually loved seeing that woven through the story because - being Belgian - I'm really not close to all that. Seeing the impact it had on a small individual was.. meaningful? I honestly can't think of a better word to describe it.

    Since the story is loosely based on the author's own life, I felt like I was able to look into the mind of someone actually living through the changes that were happening in America at that time.

    If you read the triggers I mentioned at the start of this review, you'll know there is a lot - a lot - happening in this book. Though to some it might seem like too much, I didn't feel that way at all. It's a dark story, yes, but sometimes you need a darker book in order to see some light in your own life. At least that's what this book did for me. Among other things.

    But.. The start of the story? Wasn't my cup of tea. I struggled because it's mentioned too often how Morgan has depression. It made her seem like a flat character at first. Like I said, that changed after a while but I struggled reading at first because of it. To be clear: I don't mean to sound bitchy in saying her depression was mentioned too often. It's just that I want to feel her depression more than read about her having one - if you know what I mean?

    Another small - and maybe to some stupid - thing I got annoyed by is how Morgan constantly says to be emo, says one of her friends is a wanna-be emo / a poser and.. I just cannot. Friends of mine were part of that scene once and there are so many different layers to being emo. It felt wrong how Morgan wanted to define what it had to mean to others.

    3.5 / 5

    Who Put This Song On? is a dark book. It's hard to read at times and might not be for everyone. But I honestly do believe it's worth reading if you're interested in an African American girl's view on how things were when Obama was running for president, while she struggled with depression and anxiety. All the layers woven into this story make for a worthy read for sure.

  • Anniek

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

    I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    Who Put This Song On? is a memoir of the author's life, with many fictionalized aspects, according to the author's note in the back. This authenticity really shines through in the novel, as it deals with a lot of heavy topics in a very real way. Morgan felt like a very realistic and relatable main character.

    The book is set around the time Obama was first elected as president, which is exactly the time I went

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars

    I received an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    Who Put This Song On? is a memoir of the author's life, with many fictionalized aspects, according to the author's note in the back. This authenticity really shines through in the novel, as it deals with a lot of heavy topics in a very real way. Morgan felt like a very realistic and relatable main character.

    The book is set around the time Obama was first elected as president, which is exactly the time I went to high school too, so this was a really fun read for me, with a lot of recognizable elements in terms of music, fashion and other pop culture references.

    The way Morgan deals with her depression and anxiety were very relatable as well. However, I did think this could have been portrayed more elaborately. The book had so much to focus on that it sometimes seemed to lose track, and it felt a little all over the place at times.

    It's also a book that's very much focused on topics such as racism, from daily microaggressions to police brutality, and especially on the way this impacts the daily life of one teenage girl. Morgan was a very well-rounded character, but this also meant that the other characters were pretty flat, which was a shame to me. I would have loved to see more of a development of the relationship between Morgan and her parents and brother, for instance.

    All in all, this was a very good read, but one that I would have probably enjoyed more if it had been a little more structured.

    Rep: black MC, black side characters, gay side character, Afro-Latinx side characters

    CWs: racism, police brutality, homophobia, depression, anxiety, mentions of suicide (ideation), alcohol consumption, drug use

  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WHO PUT THIS SONG ON? by Morgan Parker in exchange for my honest review.***

    2.5 STARS

    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

    ***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of WHO PUT THIS SONG ON? by Morgan Parker in exchange for my honest review.***

    2.5 STARS

    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’m glad Parker decided to write it. I hate to criticize too harshly a narrative nonfiction story, because, in a sense, I’m criticizing the writer so I’ll focus mostly on what I did like.

    Parker immersed me in her experience as a black teen among mostly white. I could see how, from her perspective, comments from her white peers that didn’t overtly intend harm stung. I don’t think the onus should be on her to educate her white friends. I do think a one time response like, “I know you are trying to be supportive, although when you said X I felt Y. Z would have been a better statement” could go a long way. If her peers don’t think they’re doing wrong, they won’t know to correct it. I do NOT blame her, even adults have difficulty addressing issues with people in a way that doesn’t put them on the defensive while expressing a point.

    Because I use frequent parentheticals, I enjoyed Parker’s writing style (although on my kindle when the statements started and ended on different pages. I don’t think this is a solvable issue because of the font sizes.) <— parenthetical.

    I’m glad I read WHO PUT THIS SONG ON? and would recommend to some readers even though I didn’t enjoy the reading experience.

  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell

    Got an ARC of this! I love the title and it sounds great! Music-themed books are awesome!

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