Parachutes by Kelly Yang audiobook

Parachutes

By Kelly Yang
Read by Cassie Simone  and Karissa Vacker

Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins 9780062941084
10.80 Hours 1
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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. 

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Summary

Summary

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month in YA Fiction

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. 

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This book will help foster empathy for the immigrant experience for young readers, while for immigrant children, it is a much-needed and validating mirror.” Booklist (starred review)
"Parachutes is sure to establish Kelly Yang as one of YA’s most thoughtful and vital new voices.” BookPage (starred review)
“Yang creates a delicate balance between these heavier issues and the lighter moments of high school. The story seamlessly explores several difficult topics without veering into ‘issue-book’ territory. The real feat comes at the end when Yang strikes a hopeful and powerful tone, despite the school’s disappointing response to reports of sexual violence.” School Library Journal (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Kelly Yang

Author Bio: Kelly Yang

Kelly Yang is the author of six books for children and young adults, including Front Desk, winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature and the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, was the 2019 Global Read Aloud, and has earned numerous other honors including being named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus ReviewsSchool Library JournalPublishers Weekly, and Amazon.com. Learn more at KellyYang.com.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 10.80
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English