Parachutes

Parachutes

Book - 2020 | First edition
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A wealthy Chinese teen is sent to America on her own to attend private school. Claire is a rich 11th grader in Shanghai; Dani is a scholarship student at a private school in Southern California who helps her mother clean houses. When Claire is parachuted into America to finish high school and Dani's mother needs the income from a boarder, they become unlikely housemates.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2020]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780062941084
Branch Call Number: FIC YANG K

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MeggieYang
Jan 27, 2021

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MeggieYang
Jan 27, 2021

This was such a raw and touching book, and I finished it in two sittings! This made me feel so much anger, sadness and disgust for Dani and Claire, especially since this novel was based on the author's personal experience. But also pride for the two protagonists of this story, for taking action even though everyone around them was telling them to give up and stay silent.
Sidenote: I wish that the two main protagonists had more moments together instead of always fighting or ignoring each other. Otherwise, a wonderful book tackling extremely prominent issues within our society.
Please take some time to read and appreciate this book! But note that this book contains rape, sexual assault, racism, and sexism!

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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