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Publisher's Summary

"Unflinchingly irreverent, laugh-out-loud funny, and heartbreakingly honest." (Elizabeth Acevedo, National Book Award winner and New York Times best-selling author of The Poet X) 

In the vein of powerful stories like The Hate U Give and The Poet X comes poet Morgan Parker's pitch-perfect novel about a black teenage girl searching for her identity when the world around her views her depression as a lack of faith and blackness as something to be politely ignored. 

Trapped in sunny, stifling, small-town suburbia, 17-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? 

Loosely based on her own teenage life and diaries, this incredible debut by award-winning poet Morgan Parker will make listeners stand up and cheer for a girl brave enough to live life on her own terms - and for themselves.

"Morgan Parker put THIS song on - and I hope it never turns off." (Nic Stone, New York Times best-selling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out)

“A triumphant first impression in the YA space.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“An incredibly heartfelt, deep story about a girl's coming of age.” (Refinery29)

©2019 Morgan Parker (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"This fresh read provides a positive and inclusive take on mental health and wellness and offers readers some tools to survive on their own.” (Booklist, starred review)

"A funny, clever, wild ride of a story about growing up and breaking free." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

“Drawing on her own teen experiences, Parker (There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé for adults) adroitly touches upon matters of respectability and ‘presentableness,’ stigmas against discussing mental health issues in the black community and among young adults, and internalized and societal racism.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Excellent!

I was extremely impressed with this book. I’m always very happy to find authors, artists, etc that are passionate about therapy and getting help and resources. Fantastic read.