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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
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Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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    Dec 01, 2019 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
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    Oooh, this is gonna involve #MeToo so I'm definitely here for it
    Oct 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
    the Kelly Yang train is pulling into YA station next year and we are NOT READY
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    There are some books that just hit you in a spot you can't stop talking about them and telling people that they really MUST give them a chance. In Parachutes we meet two characters who we come to root for, knowing their stories and their struggles. We see as the system begins to fail them and as they feel as if they aren't heard. It's up to them to decide to stand up for what is right. A strong voice for the #MeToo movement and the need for girls and women to know that their voice matters and as ...more
    Bonnie Grover
    Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    “Your voice is your armor.” Kelly Yang addresses so many issues in this YA novel from the lives of a parachutes: teenagers dropped off to live in private homes in the US while their wealthy parents remain in Asia, to life-altering experiences. It is a modern immigrant story of love, trauma, friendship, corruption, and the power of speaking out. “Being strong doesn’t mean never hurting.” This is possibly one of the best books I have read in 2019. I cannot wait to buy several copies to share. ...more
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    Ellie M
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    4.75 stars, really. The only reason why it wasn't 5 was because of something Claire did with someone Dani liked...that really bothered me, and I didn't see why Dani was suddenly okay with it. She deserved better.

    Claire is a wealthy student living in Shanghai until her parents decide to send her to Los Angeles for the rest of high school, living with a host family. Dani attends the same private school on a scholarship while living with her single mom after her dad left them behind. It's always
    Richard Thompson
    Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Kelly Yang is a friend and client, so I can't claim to be a totally objective reviewer, but this is a really good book that I thoroughly enjoyed though I am certainly not a member of its target audience. I loved the way that the stories of Dani and Claire came to parallel climaxes with Dani in the national debate championship and Claire in the administrative board hearing. I won't spoil the story, but look forward to Dani's big debate, which brings the loose ends together in a clever way.

    Wow. This book packs quite a few punches. Even more so when you read the author's note at the end - in fact start with the author's note.
    I have experience with "Parachutes" in Singapore, and their lives may appear free and untethered by parental issues, but the truth is anything but. There's that thing about what happens to young elephants when the adults have been killed for their tusks, and that's what happens here.
    My students and I loved Front Desk, and this first foray into YA shows the
    Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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    Dani and Claire: 2 girls who are polar opposites yet have so many similarities, albeit unbeknownst to each other. Opposites in status, wealth, parental love and approval yet both yearning for the greener grass. The parachute kids seem to be wrapped in so much privilege yet share commonality with the Asian Americans that are not acknowledged. But, mostly, this is about immigration and #metoo that is told in an effortless way through both Dani’s and Claire’s lens. This will be a big of a hit with ...more
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    Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    I have been absorbed in Claire & Dani's world for three days and I just was not ready for this one to end. The themes of immigrants, Chinese "parachute" students, wealth, harassment of women, and rape. The concept of "parachute" students from China was new to me; learning about their navigation of their new world in the U.S. was certainly an eye-opener. The author's note at the end is one that cannot be missed as it lends another dimension to the story (heartbreaking). I love Front Desk for ...more
    Jenny Yergin
    Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This book is heartrenching, emotional, raw and powerful.

    It talks about harassment, intimidation, rape, and power. What is sad is things like this happen on a regular basis, which is why we need this book to raise awareness of what is happening in society and give females the power and support to fight back.
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Wow! This book is so moving and powerful. Parachutes explores so many important topics, such as sexual assault, immigration, wealth, and privilege. Claire and Dani are truly inspiring, and I believe every young woman should read this book! This is a must read!
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Amazing. Engaging, challenging, and 1000% necessary.
    Leah Clark
    Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    It took me two reads to know what to say about this one. There is so much hurt, bravery, and courage wrapped up in this story. I look forward to holding a published copy in 2020.
    Djenne Grant
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Review coming soon <3
    Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I'm just gonna go ahead & call it now: the cover of PARACHUTES will be one of the best YA covers of 2020. And the story is equally as incredible. It shifts between Claire & Dani, two girls with dramatically different backgrounds who end up living together in the same home. Claire is a "parachute" (a wealthy teen sent to the USA without her family to attend private school) while Dani is a house-cleaning, ultra-studious teen determined to get into Yale.

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    Kelly Yang is the New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of FRONT DESK, winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children's Literature, PARACHUTES (forthcoming YA debut novel, May 2020, Harpercollins) and THREE KEYS (Front Desk Sequel, Sept 2020, Scholastic). She was born in China and grew up in Los Angeles. She went to college at the age of 13 and graduated from UC Berkeley ...more
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