Parachutes

Parachutes

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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.
Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: 2020
ISBN: 9780062941084
0062941089
Branch Call Number: YA FICTION Yang
Characteristics: 476 pages ; 22 cm

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ArapahoeTanya Jun 21, 2020

This book was amazing! I flew through all 476 pages of it. This book has everything- diversity, teen drama, romance, and it battles tough topics. It was moving and heartfelt and it will stick with me for a while.

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darladoodles
May 17, 2020

Kelly Yang is a masterful storyteller. I already knew that from reading "Front Desk," but this time the content is most definitely PG-13. Despite covering some very weighty issues including racism, sexual assault, harassment, and class discrimination; there is an underlying "Crazy Rich Asians" vibe that adds to the readability. Told from the perspective of a "parachute" named Claire and Dani, daughter of a Filipino immigrant; the narrative takes some unexpected twists and turns to uncover hypocrisy and the roots of systemic injustice. I was disappointed at the lack of redeemable male characters, but decided that might add a "White Knight" trope that would detract from Yang's vision. I predict this will be an award winner for Yang just as "Front Desk" has been. She writes stories that contain her own struggles in a way that draws us into her world and gives us new understanding.

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