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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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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jananie (thisstoryaintover)
freaking incredible. this book had such incredibly flawed characters trying their best at every turn. another book with an author's note at the end that begs to be read—knowing the author's inspiration behind this story made it all the more meaningful. i felt so much for Claire and Dani and for girls like them in the world, and i hope more people will pick up this book. CW: rape, sexual assault ...more
Karolina Borkowska
100000000000/10 ⭐️ loved it so much, so important!


And note from Kelly Yang... I’m speechless 😖
Joce (squibblesreads)
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is my favorite book I have ever read. It’s fucking impeccable. I haven’t felt connected to a book like this in years and I am forever changed after reading this. I literally cannot.
Bookishrealm
This is a tough one. I know that Yang usually comes with some hard hitting stuff but this is one that I don't think I was truly prepared to read. Please do not allow the beautiful cover to fool you. This book has trigger warnings for rape, racism, parental infidelity, sexual assault, predatory behavior by an adult, predatory behavior by another student, underage drinking, sex on page.

Kelly Yang has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I fell in love with her Front Desk series last year and
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Camryn
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: omg
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 about sexuality and womanhood, familial expectations, cultural differences, racism, infighting between groups of the same "race," poverty, classism, the racism Asian people face in general (I think there's the idea that Asian people don't face racism, especially rich ones like Claire, but the author sho ...more
nat
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, arc
literally so good omfg
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
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Monte Price
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yarc-2020
I thought that this was going to be a story of a messy rich girl doing messy rich girl things in a foreign country. I couldn't really be more wrong. Sure, there are those moments but even without those I enjoyed the narrative being told.

I think that the story takes a little while to get going. I can kind of understand why we spent so long setting things up, but I do almost wish that the story had started when Claire moved in with Dani, but again, I can also understand why it was that Yang decid
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Lily Herman
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I definitely needed to take a beat after finishing Kelly Yang's Parachutes, because it's a powerful book that hits hard from the first page until the last. Yang fully immerses you in the world she's created, and I'm still coming back down to Earth from it.

The book covers a looooot of social issues (racism, xenophobia, classism, sexual harassment, and rape, to name a few), and while focusing and parring them down might've helped narratively, I completely understood from Kelly Yang's powerful auth
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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 for a company that contracts with many of her wealthy classmates' families. Her school is known for hosting "parachutes," or Chinese students sent by their wealthy families to America to get an edge in their education. There's money to be had in hosting these students, so Dani's mother decides to ho
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she who shall not be named
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Damn. Just Damn. The messages in this book were so powerful. I’m speechless. I don’t know what to say. I teared up so many times throughout this book, especially in the authors note. The amount of victim-blaming this book made me seethe. UGH. Why can’t people just believe women?? Why is it so hard??

Obviously, there were a few things I didn’t like and things I wish were elaborated more on, but they were vastly overshadowed by all the other positive things.

➡️ 4.5 stars
Nella ☾
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so heartbreaking to read.

It was difficult following Claire and Dani as they traversed their toxic environments: the classism, sexism, racism, and xenophobia they faced is unfortunately all too common.

The last 100 pages were especially intense. I almost wanted to cry. Claire and Dani are so brave for enduring everything they went through.

I appreciate Kelly Yang for telling a story with such sensitive themes in a beautiful and engaging way. I barely noticed this book was 500 pages long.
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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 happen that can cut holes in yours."

"Girl, justice is something that Americans invented to sell movies."

"As she starts the car, I put my feet up on the dash. Two girls from opposite sides of the earth, emerging from the ashes, stronger."


5 stars. Apart from one minor issue I have with it, Parachutes
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Jennifer
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
4.5/ 5 stars

Parachutes 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 from a very privileged family. The second girl is Dani (17). She lives in East Covina, California with a single mom. She is on the debate team, she is a scholarship student, and after school she works as a maid. Both are 1st person POVs.

These start out as two distinct stories. But then they overlap
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Leo Oliveira
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, favoritos-2021
I'm speechless with the end of this book. It's a huge story and a remarkable one. "Parachutes" spoke to me on so many levels! I hope more readers find this book, it's necessary and important to talk about these issues. Thanks to Kelly Yang for sharing Dani and Claire with us, their voices will echo in my heart for a long time. ...more
Iris
Dec 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I have a lot of thoughts on this book, and I'm not sure how to rate it yet. I'll probably actually come back to review it (for once), because I just . . . have a lot of conflicting thoughts. ...more
ikram
full review can be found on my blog!

Claire and Dani came from different backgrounds which caused them to become each other’s polar opposite. Since the very beginning, I just know Kelly Yang wouldn’t pull the queen bee & sidekick trope—and I’m grateful for it! Often, the queen bee & sidekick trope erases one character and makes them less meaningful. This is not the case of Claire and Dani, because they have their own story to tell and they’re equally important.

Dani De La Cruz is a scholarship stu
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Claude's Bookzone
3.5 Stars

CW: (view spoiler)

This book is told in first person alternating narrative. It features two teenage girls from vastly different backgrounds. Their worlds collide when Clare becomes a boarder in Dani's home as a way to provide some much needed extra income for Dani and her mother. Clare's wealthy background e
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Layla
CW: rape and sexual assault.
4.5
Honestly I don't know where to start. I picked this book up by chance as I needed an audiobook to pass time in the car and I absolutely loved it and the topics it deals with. Of course there were minor aspects that weren't my favorite, but the overall theme of this book made those things seem irrelevant because I know this story will stick with me for the next few days, as any good book should.

Following Dani and Claire, and seeing how they dealt with the main conf
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Kate Olson
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A wholly original and triumphant feminist manifesto ~ I hesitate to say too much here because I went into it without knowing the main theme besides that of Chinese students studying in the US and I think my reading experience was better for it because I wasn’t constantly waiting for it. However, scroll down for the content warning - these are also printed in the front of the book. Oh, and can I say that I don’t know if I’ve ever seen such a successful pivot from MG to (MATURE!) YA from an author ...more
tappkalina
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm speechless.

Listened to it on audio, and at the end they dared to say "we hope you've enjoyed this..."

ENJOYED? Are y'all out of your minds? Look at me! I'm a MESS!

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interview with the author

Sounds really promising!
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Jacob Proffitt
Oct 06, 2020 marked it as unfinished
I'm abandoning this at a quarter in but without prejudice (rating). It's a bleaker story than I was expecting and I can see the sexual assault coming, though likely off-page. And the narrative voice of this is unflinching-enough that I have every expectation it'll be unsparing. And probably done very well. It's just not something I want to read at this time. Yang is an engaging author and the sense of the people, particularly people so different in expectations and experience, feels true in all ...more
Haley Tyrrell
Super quick read with deep topics! I loved it
❆Rushna❆
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, 2020-releases
A great read, especially with its relevance to current society
Abigail
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wish this book existed when I was a teenager

It’s an utterly important piece of literature
The Nerd Daily
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Raathi Chota

Kelly Yang has taken a shot at a young adult novel and brought readers to tears in this gripping story involving wealth, immigrant, relationships, and trauma.

Parachutes is a lengthy novel but it deals with many important topics faced in our society today, so it’s a breeze to read. For Yang’s first YA novel, it’s beautifully written. Readers are so invested in the story, we don’t realise until later that there’s only been one non-Asia
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Janssen
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, young-adult
This was both gripping and hard to read.
Catie
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful! This book touches on so many things - it brings light to the unfair system that supports racism, wealth inequality, and lack of access to education for many people. It serves as a window or mirror for the racist words and actions faced by many Asian people in the U.S. AND, it shows a brutally honest portrayal of two teenagers reckoning with sexual harassment and misconduct from someone in a position of power, which is heartbreaking to read. However, I knew that Kelly Yang would delive ...more
Laura Gardner
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rida Quraishi
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
This is such an amazing book and a very important one too. It speaks about such important issues and honestly it was an eye opener for me. To imagine that school children have to go through so much and how school life is now so much more than just education.

I hope everyone reads this book and understands it, understand what a girl goes through and even though the assault is over, it mentally scars her for life and it is not something one can just move on from.

I get that the book brought much mor
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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 a ...more

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