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Publisher Description

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. 

41 Reviews

Characters change and growDiverse charactersMulti-layered charactersBeautifully writtenThought-provokingAbuseBigotryMisogynyRacismSexual assault
“Jess laughs. She waves around her yogurt spoon as she says, "Girl, justice is something Americans invented to sell movies." When I first came across this book, I was sucked in by the stunning cover and convinced by the synopsis. And by the time I finished the last page, I was in tears, I was angry, I was somewhat relieved...I felt a lot of things and I don't even know how to describe them. This is a book about family, and friendship, and injustice, but it's just really about fighting against odds that weigh too heavily. TW: rape, assault, homophobia, sexism, racism, classicism”
“I understand the importance of this book and, overall, it wasn't a bad book. The writing had a good flow, the social commentary was on point and the overall topic that this story centers is heartbreaking. This book is highly heavy. Don't get fooled by its illustrated cover and pastel colours because holy cow this was an experience. But the reason that I'm giving this such a low rating compared to every single other person that read this book is because it has way many pages than it was necessary. And, because of that, the story dragged. It seemed like I was reading 100 pages when in fact I would be reading 20 pages or not even that. It was one of those cases that it seems like you're in a loop and you keep asking yourself and the book: ok. And....? So, I'm kind of disappointed in this. Another book that the praise that I've heard was huge but it just didn't match the expectations.”

About Kelly Yang

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.

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