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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.

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
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Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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    Sana
    Dec 01, 2019 marked it as anti-library  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arcs
    Oooh, this is gonna involve #MeToo so I'm definitely here for it
    Katie
    Oct 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
    the Kelly Yang train is pulling into YA station next year and we are NOT READY
    Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
    This sounds like a YA version of Crazy Rich Asians and I'm here for it.
    Candace
    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
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    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 doesnt 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. Thank you ...more
    Janice
    Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
    This is not written by the same kind of Kelly Yang who wrote Front Desk. Wow! Raw and edgy are words that I'd use to describe this book.
    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
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    Ms. Arca
    Mar 17, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    !!!! Ahhhh Kelly Yang is back! Need this need this need this.
    Karen Kline
    Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Claire is a high school junior growing up in an affluent family in Shanghai. Her father's business takes him all over the world, and he values an excellent education and wants the very best for Claire. Her mom is a status-conscience tiger-mom type. When Claire's grades start to slip and the looming gaokao (super hard Chinese college entrance exam) looks like an unlikely win, Claires dad tells her shes going to American Prep in California. Like many other Chinese students she will live with a ...more
    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
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    Miko Lee
    Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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    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.

    The
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    Nadine
    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
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    Jennybeast
    Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    Tory
    Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Shelves: ya, 2020
    [ARC] There was just too much going on. Abusive teachers! Abusive parents! Abusive boyfriends! Abusive host parents! Closeted queer characters! Poverty! Class warfare! Slut shaming! Gossip Girl-style luxurious wholly independent teens getting up to all kinds of shenanigans! And then the whole corporate intrigue/shadow-funding of the school storyline at the end??

    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
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    Kristin
    Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Wow. Well written, compelling. At almost 500 pages (long for a contemporary), this just flew by. I loved the dual POV and both characters were very strong and different from each other. Usually multiple POVs aren't warranted or both characters sound the same but this was done well. I haven't read such a good dual POV since Rachel Solomon's "You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone." Though I do wonder why both girls were so into Zach. He seemed a bit boring. I was fascinated by Claire's Crazy Rich Asians ...more
    Pam  Page
    Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: ya
    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
    caitlin
    Feb 22, 2020 rated it liked it
    Review copy courtesy of Edelweiss.

    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
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    Beth Menendez
    Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    4.75 stars. There is a lot going on in this book that is important to read and think and digest. I very much appreciate that about this book. The one thing I did not like was Claires relationship with Zach, the sudden change Of heart with Jay, and the Pollyanna ending. More to come, but the ending sort of was less powerful than it could have been bc of that. ...more
    Lisa
    Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What a brave story about the experiences of some vulnerable people - international students, those in poverty, and women in general. I related deeply with these characters and their experiences after coming forward about sexual misconduct. The omission of supportive, safe males in this book (there is one only) was telling.
    I highly recommend this book!
    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.
    Becca
    Back and forth between two girls at American Prep. One on scholarship and one a parachute from China - an unaccompanied wealthy teen getting her education in America. Both deal with sexual harassment and assault within this school.

    A couple of rushed points and plot points that felt like they came out of nowhere but overall a good read.
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    Brook-Lyn
    Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This was one of those books I knew I would love before even reading the first page. Kelly Yang did a phenomenal job of painting a detailed picture of the life of "Parachutes". I connected to them. I felt for them. They felt real to me. I also appreciated the girl power feels this book filled me with. I guarantee you'll feel all the emotions while reading this treasure. I am thankful for the opportunity to read this ARC before it is published on May, 26, 2020. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone ...more
    Ms. Yingling
    Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

    Yang, already a master of middle grade (as evidenced by Front Desk), nails the introspective, character driven genre of YA fiction as well. I won't buy it for middle school because of content, but it was still a great read.
    Hannah
    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!
    Djenne Grant
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Review coming soon <3
    Judith
    Mar 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: young-adult, arc
    11th grade and above.

    Mary
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Amazing. Engaging, challenging, and 1000% necessary.
    Zoe
    Mar 18, 2020 added it
    such a good book but super dark
    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.
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