Theyre 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 shed be one of them, until ...more
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Two perspectives, the haves and the have nots, are told in the alternating voices of Claire (a parachute from China) and Dani (Claire's host in America).
A good friend of mine commented that THUG tried to tackle all kinds of issues important to Black Americans, and I feel like this book does the same thing for Asian Americans and teenage girls, really: we have ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I read this hoping to get a better perspective on Chinese students coming to America but I didn't have enough of a connection to Claire ...more
I loved Kelly Yangs first book so I virtually ran to request this book, but the two books could not be more different. This book was more of a soapy, Gossip Girl take on wealthy Asian teens who leave Singapore to attend American private schools. Contrasting that parachute lifestyle is Dani, the American scholarship student who is a talented debate student. The two characters suffer more than 90210 characters (maybe this would be a good teen show?) so I found ...more
I highly recommend this book!
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.
A couple of rushed points and plot points that felt like they came out of nowhere but overall a good read. ...more