Parachutes

Title

Parachutes

Authors

Kelly Yang

Publisher

Katherine Tegen Books

Publication Year

2020

ISBN

9780062941084

Pages

496 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

9-12

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; LGBTQ; Race & Culture; Separation; Single parent; Gay/Lesbian; Immigrants and refugees; single mother; separated parents; lesbian; immigrant parent(s)

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Asian

Keywords

sexual assault; international students; private school

Diversity Impact

indirect

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