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Parachutes by [Kelly Yang]

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Parachutes Kindle Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 389 ratings

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“[Parachutes] is about the radical possibility of young women finding and detonating their voices. Yang takes a sledgehammer to rape culture itself, swinging with equal parts artistry and force. If this were a television series it would look fabulous and land deep.” -- New York Times Book Review

"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:
NPR
Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
Washington Post
Amazon
School Library Journal
Bookpage
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.

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 389 ratings

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Kelly Yang is the #1 New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of the FRONT DESK series, including FRONT DESK, THREE KEYS and ROOM TO DREAM, winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children's Literature, NEW FROM HERE, YES WE WILL, and the young adult novels PARACHUTES and PRIVATE LABEL.

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