Who Put This Song On?

Morgan Parker

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ young adult
challenging emotional reflective slow-paced

336 pages | first published 2019

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.

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emotional 100%
funny 62%
inspiring 50%
reflective 50%
hopeful 37%
informative 37%
lighthearted 25%
sad 25%
tense 25%
adventurous 12%
challenging 12%
dark 12%


medium 44%
slow 33%
fast 22%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 87% | No: 12%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 77% | It's complicated: 22%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 66% | It's complicated: 22% | No: 11%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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