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Parachutes Kindle Edition
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 United States 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. But Dani’s game plan veers unexpectedly off course when her debate coach starts working with her privately.
As they steer their own distinct paths, Dani and Claire keep crashing into one another, setting a course that will change their lives forever.
"A fierce entrance into YA, navigating a plethora of complex themes with great honesty... Claire and Dani’s mettle and solidarity as they contend with the institutions and privilege that hide abuse is gripping and empowering. Yang offers a compelling exploration of the parachute experience and the intersection of ethnicity, class, and reputation, while underscoring striking cultural parallels between America and China. Strong characterization and thoughtful writing make for an unforgettable read." -- ALA Booklist (starred review)
"Yang deftly weaves in parallels to recent real-life events... On top of these explorations of nationality and wealth is the realistically pervasive look at rape culture... In short alternating chapters narrated by Dani and Claire, Yang creates a delicate balance between these heavier issues and the lighter moments of high school... [A] powerful exploration of race, class, and power through multiple lenses... An engrossing read that will spark discussions on a wide range of issues." -- School Library Journal (starred review)
"In her YA debut, Yang (Front Desk) draws from personal experience and the news to tell a contemporary story of class discrepancy, the pervasiveness of rape culture, and the Asian diaspora... a multifaceted read, by turns poignant, fun, and exultant in its celebration of the multitudinous experiences and strength inherent in diasporic identity." -- Publishers Weekly(starred review)
"Yang has created two distinct and vibrant voices that shimmer with passion for both justice and independence... The convincing narrative, told in alternating first-person perspectives, confronts pervasive and xenophobic stereotypes, with secondary characters’ complex identities adding depth and emotion to the story." -- Horn Book Magazine
"Yang writes astutely about the destabilizing combination of family expectations, copious wealth, and absence of adult supervision. She’s also sharply perceptive about the class and race complexities of a community that contains rich Asian visitors and American-born Asians, great wealth and straitened circumstances... A spirited slice of cultural life and story of girls facing cruel inequities, and Yang’s compelling author’s note about parachutes and her own experience of being sexually assaulted adds another poignant facet." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Parachutes is a force. As fast-paced as it is powerful, its story of immigration, social class, and rape culture calls out the damaging consequences of privilege in ways that will make readers want to speak up and take action.” -- Randy Ribay, National Book Award finalist and author of Patron Saints of Nothing
“Parachutes is not just a searing drama that explores the lives of Asians in America, it’s a courageous, empowering story about how high women can soar when they lift each other up.” -- Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl
Awards and Praise for Front Desk: Asian / Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature
Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Fiction Award Winner
Named a Best Book of the Year by:
School Library Journal
New York Public Library
Chicago Public Library
Top Ten Debut Novels 2018 -- ALA Booklist
* “Debut author Yang weaves in autobiographical content while creating a feisty and empowered heroine. The supporting characters are rich in voice and context ...achingly reveal life in America in the 1990s for persons of color and those living in poverty.” -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Kelly Yang is the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk, Three Keys, and Room to Dream and is the winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature. She went to college at age thirteen and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Harvard Law School. She is the founder of the Kelly Yang Project, a leading writing and debating program for children in Asia. She lived in Hong Kong for fifteen years, where she taught many parachutes and was a columnist for the South China Morning Post. Her writing has also been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic. Kelly currently lives in Los Angeles with her family. Please find her online at www.kellyyang.com. Parachutes is her YA debut.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07X3GKDSS
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books (May 26, 2020)
- Publication date : May 26, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2134 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 493 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #326,909 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2021
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Claire travels with her mother to meet her new host family in the United States. She moves in with another high school student, Dani, and her mother. Dani and her mom, Mrs. De La Cruz, live by much more modest means. Despite a rocky start, in the beginning, Claire and Dani learn that no one is free of problems. They form a tight friendship eventually as they face a corrupt school that will overlook serious infractions and crimes if it means getting a generous donation from a wealthy donor.
Kelly Yang has penned a masterful read full of memorable characters. There were plenty of villains throughout. It was impossible for me not to root for Claire and Dani as each girl is forced to deal with sexual predators. This was one of the five best books I've read this year.
Desde el minuto uno conecté con la historia y los personajes, desde el primer capítulo supe que sería una buena historia porque lo sentí así. Amé la trama, amé cómo la autora desarrolló la misma, y cómo plasmó todas las emociones y sentimientos que sintió ella, porque esta es una historia en gran parte vivida por la autora por lo que eso la hace aún más especial y sentida.
Claire y Dani (los personajes principales) se ganaron mi corazón y mi interés de inmediato. A pesar de la diferencia de culturas y clase social, ambas supieron entremezclar sus vidas y unirse gracias a la sensible y terrible experiencia que estaban viviendo al ser víctimas del acoso y el racismo.
En fin, es una historia que recomiendo totalmente,y que sin duda alguna volvería a releer más adelante. El final me gustó mucho, fue muy bonito, y sobre todo, liberador. AMÉ la nota de la autora, mi alma lloró por ella y por lo que tuvo que pasar, y el que haya escrito un libro plasmando esas experiencias en sus personajes dándole voz a aquello que se quiere restringir la hace muy valiente.
I am also the child of immigrants so reading other cultures stories is very interesting to me. The concept of "saving face" is not unique to Chinese culture.
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Characters: I liked both Claire and Dani a lot, even while I wished they would just talk to each other, which would have saved them both some drama. Both felt like people with plenty of their own issues. I would give Claire credit for taking to a new environment so well. Her parents are rich and she barely complains when she’s moved into one small room in one small flat. She starts off upset but that’s more because the move was hardly her decision. I particularly like the depiction of Claire’s group of friends: they are all rich, or so it seems, and appear like a bunch of mean girls at first glance. When they need each other they really come through for each other. Once they get past the image they are trying to depict and talk to each other about what is really going on with their lives, they stand up for each other and it’s great.
I may have rooted a little harder for Dani. The BS she has to put up with because she’s poor and not white while being at the top of her class are infuriating.
The casual racism in the story just baffled me. Claire and Jay look at a house for sale, because Jay wants to prove to his dad that he knows a good investment when he sees it. They look around the house, end up in a bedroom and start making out. The real estate agents comes in and gets angry. Now being angry about two teenagers coming by an open house to make out, I’d get, but no, he hits them with “This isn’t Chinatown”. Assuming two teens don’t have the money to buy a house with a price tag of several million seems pretty fair to me, the racism is not.
I don’t want to put too many spoilers in this review, but both Dani and Claire have to deal with sexual assault/rape throughout the story and it is a tough read on both accounts.
Writing: Clean and modern, I don’t recall anything that took me out of the story.
I saw a short recommendation of this book on an Instagram account for feminist and I was really intrigued. I had to buy it and I must say I really enjoy the story. Haven't finished it but I like the two perspectives.
Love the plain book cover with the golden book title on the side