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Bagley Public Library Y YAN (Text) 33500013254453 New Available -
Breckenridge Public Library Y YAN (Text) 33500013254446 New Available -

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  • ISBN: 0062941089
  • ISBN: 9780062941084
  • Physical Description: 476 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publisher, [2020]

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Summary, etc.: They're called parachutes: teenagers dropped off to live in private homes and study in the US 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. When her debate coach starts working with her privately, Dani's game plan veers unexpectedly off course. Desperately trying to avoid each other under the same roof, Dani and Claire find themselves on a collision course, intertwining in deeper and more complicated ways, as they grapple with life-altering experiences.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #2
    *Starred Review* Yang, whose middle-grade debut Front Desk (2018) won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children's Literature, makes a fierce entrance into YA, navigating a plethora of complex themes with great honesty. Claire is a parachute, a wealthy teen from Shanghai whose parents covet the prestige of a foreign education. Dani, a scholarship student, works after school cleaning the homes of her wealthy classmates to help her mom make ends meet. Although Dani and Claire share a home—as host and boarder—they exist in separate social orbits. Yang accentuates their differences through chapters that alternate between their perspectives, highlighting the narrators' socioeconomic status, reputation, and misconceptions about each other. Their divergent worlds are brought together by experiences of sexual harassment and assault, pointing to the pervasiveness of sexual abuse on school campuses. Claire and Dani's mettle and solidarity as they contend with the institutions and privilege that hide abuse is gripping and empowering. Yang offers a compelling exploration of the parachute experience and the intersection of ethnicity, class, and reputation, while underscoring striking cultural parallels between America and China. Strong characterization and thoughtful writing make for an unforgettable read. Includes a content warning description at the onset.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Yang made a huge splash, critically and commercially, when she debuted with Front Desk. This thoughtful, forceful entry into YA promises to do the same. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Chinese United States Juvenile fiction
High school students Juvenile fiction
Debates and debating Juvenile fiction
Interpersonal relations Juvenile fiction
Young adult fiction
Chinese students Fiction
Teenage girls Fiction
Conduct of life Fiction
Host families of foreign students Fiction
Private schools Fiction
Schools Fiction
Sexual abuse Fiction
California Fiction
Shanghai (China) Fiction

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