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Publisher's Summary

Speak enters the world of Gossip Girl in this modern immigrant story from New York Times best-selling 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.  

©2020 Kelly Yang (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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This book had way too many swear words

I would not recommend this book to young people. Or any adults who are offended by the f word.

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Powerful but frustrating

The material is very powerful and the story but I found myself being so frustrated with the two main characters. I wanted so much for them to bridge class gap between them, stop assuming and support one another. Also while this book has LGBTQ characters I wouldn't necessarily categorize it as an LGBTQ book considering that the 2 LGBTQ characters are mainly in the background.

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Empathy, Honesty, Complexity, Hope

This is a novel about two young women first, and the flawed world they live in second. I appreciated that the author made me care about the characters long before sending them into the important issues that the book is concerned with. I was able to completely empathize with their decisions and reactions because I was invested in them well before the world came crashing down on them.

I appreciated the honesty of the character portrayals. These are two believable young women and they aren't flawless. Nonetheless, when they do or say things that are unkind or self-involved or self-deluding, I felt for them. I recognized those behaviors. I remembered what it was to be a teenager trying to find my place.

Finally, I appreciated the complexity of the portrayals of all the characters. The author makes it clear that Asian-Americans are not a monolith. There is vast diversity of opinion and differences (cultural, generational, socio-economic, and just plain personal) within the "community", including over sexual harassment. The portrayal of the debates among Asian-Americans was realistic and rang true.

Finally, I applauded the book's notion of what "winning" looks like. Winning meant speaking the truth. Not "my truth", not "a truth", but the simple, unassailable truth that "no means no". In a world of fake news and a seeming worship of the idea that truth is subjective, the reminder that such a fundamental thing is not subject to debate gives me hope.

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Incredibly moving

I couldn't put out down. Kelly Yang is such a talented writer. She sucked me in with great characters and poignant themes. This is such an important book to read; I'm recommending it to all my friends!

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Great story, difficult subject

I appreciated the trigger warning at the beginning of the book. I was able to put it aside until I was in a mental state strong enough to listen without spiraling into my trauma. This book touches on very difficult subjects that we really need to talk about more, to provide support & understanding to those who have experienced this trauma. Well done! I will be recommending this book to others.

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So glad that women......

So glad that women all over are standing up against the horrible injustices that have been happening for years. May God continue to give them strength to do so.

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A very emotional book, but educational. Its heartbreaking to hear that this happens to our children. Parents and children trusted the school to help, guide and mold them, not to be the one who failed them. Great book. Depicts situation that is hard to overcome by any teenager.

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Loved this read. Very relatable in some parts of the book, and have lived through the parachute phase in life. It’s a must pick up book!

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This was a truly amazing story and I had the greatest time enjoying it.

This book gave me hope that even if there isn’t always justice there are people fighting for reconstruction of today’s society normals of down playing sexual assault. Plus it read well and was very enticing.

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Worth the credit

I cared and liked both of the characters , and the narrations for both girls were great - the situation needs to be talked about more. Until I read their. Book I never heard of parachute kids so it was great knowing this knowledge