Thorndike Press


  • Kelly Yang
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432881507
  • ISBN-13: 9781432881504
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.70 lbs ( .77 kgs)
  • 670 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released September 2020



A New York Times Bestselling Author
A Parents’ Choice Gold Medal Fiction Award Winning Author
A Pacific American Award-Winning Author for Children’s Literature

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. 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. As they steer their own paths, Dani and Claire keep crashing into one another, setting a course that will change their lives forever.

Age Range: 14 and up | Grade Level: 9-12 | Lexile Measure: NA


Customer Reviews

“A fierce entrance into YA, navigating a plethora of complex themes with great honesty . . . 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.”

— ALA Booklist (starred)

“Yang deftly weaves in parallels to recent real-life events . . . On top of these explorations of nationality and wealth is the realistically pervasive look at rape culture . . . In short alternating chapters narrated by Dani and Claire, Yang creates a delicate balance between these heavier issues and the lighter moments of high school . . . [A] powerful exploration of race, class, and power through multiple lenses . . . An engrossing read that will spark discussions on a wide range of issues.”

— School Library Journal (starred)

“[Parachutes] is about the radical possibility of young women finding and detonating their voices. Yang takes a sledgehammer to rape culture itself, swinging with equal parts artistry and force. If this were a television series it would look fabulous and land deep.”

— New York Times Book Review