Parachutes

Parachutes

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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 HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062941084
Branch Call Number: YF 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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