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Who Put This Song On?

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Eccentric teen girl fights depression in moving story.

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Mature teens who feel hopelessly different will take solace in this very intelligent book. Who Put This Song On? is the debut novel from award-winning poet Morgan Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé). The story is drawn from diaries she wrote when she was a troubled teen. The fictional Morgan's bouts of tears she can't stop and her suicide attempt demonstrate that she suffers from mental illness. At the same time, this book presents an informative view of existential depression: The realities of Morgan's life conflict with her highly developed sense of truth. She's determined not to have her perceptions squashed by other people's beliefs about race, religion, and gender.

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