Parachutes

Parachutes

Speak enters the world of Gossip Girl in this modern immigrant story from New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang about two girls navigating wealth, power, friendship, and trauma.

They’re called parachutes: teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the US while their wealthy parents remain in Asia. Claire Wang never thought she’d be one of them, until her parents pluck her from her privileged life in Shanghai and enroll her at a high school in California. Suddenly she finds herself living in a stranger’s house, with no one to tell her what to do for the first time in her life. She soon embraces her newfound freedom, especially when the hottest and most eligible parachute, Jay, asks her out.

Dani De La Cruz, Claire’s new host sister, couldn’t be less thrilled that her mom rented out a room to Claire. An academic and debate-team star, Dani is determined to earn her way into Yale, even if it means competing with privileged kids who are buying their way to the top. When her debate coach starts working with her privately, Dani’s game plan veers unexpectedly off course.

Desperately trying to avoid each other under the same roof, Dani and Claire find themselves on a collision course, intertwining in deeper and more complicated ways, as they grapple with life-altering experiences. Award-winning author Kelly Yang weaves together an unforgettable modern immigrant story about love, trauma, family, corruption, and the power of speaking out.

Title:Parachutes
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062941138
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    Parachutes Reviews

  • Kelly

    I wondered how the pitch "Speak meets Gossip Girl" would work but indeed, that's a great meets pitch. Dani is a poor girl, living with her mom in East Covina, California, where she works as a cleaner ...

  • Camryn

    I honestly don't know what to rate this. My first instinct is to give it five starts. It covers so so much: privilege from wealth, parents ignoring their children and foisting bad ideas onto them abou...

  • Jennifer

    4.5/ 5 starsParachutes is a Young Adult book that I would describe as YA contemporary realistic fiction.The book follows two teenage girls. Claire is 17 and from Shanghai, China. She is rich and comes...

  • Lance

    "Claire looks away. I recognize the hesitation on her face, even though she's different from me. She has a parachute. But what I've realized this year is even if you're born with one, things can h...

  • ?Rushna?

    A great read, especially with its relevance to current society...

  • The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Raathi ChotaKelly Yang has taken a shot at a young adult novel and brought readers to tears in this gripping story involving wealth, immigrant, relat...

  • ikram

    full review can be found on my blog!Claire and Dani came from different backgrounds which caused them to become each otherÔÇÖs polar opposite. Since the very beginning, I just know Kelly Yang wouldnÔÇ...

  • Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen

    content warnings: (view spoiler)[on-page non explicit rape, sexual harassment, victim-blaming, teacher/student (one-sided), voyeurism, public sex, grooming, body-shaming, slut-shaming, misogynistic la...

  • maya

    *3.75 starstw sexual assault this is the kind of book to leave a huge impact on the reader. it's impossible to stay unaffected when reading these girls' stories. parachutes touches upon so many releva...

  • Laura Gardner

    Wow. High school for sure. HIGHLY recommended. Had to buy it bc none of my local libraries had it yet and the hold list on SORA was 10 weeks! Will donate to my local library. ...