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 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.
JLG Release: Dec 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine
School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Library edition with trade jacket added
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Homophobic Slur, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism, Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Underage Use, Discrimination: Sexuality, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Violence: Self-Harm
Depression (mental), Mental illness, Identity, African Americans, Community life, Prejudice and racism,