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Author: Kelly Yang Narrator: Cassie Simone, Karissa Vacker Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Audio Length: Release Date: May 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780063013544

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. 

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  • "Parachutes is sure to establish Kelly Yang as one of YA’s most thoughtful and vital new voices.”

    - BookPage (starred review)
  • “This book will help foster empathy for the immigrant experience for young readers, while for immigrant children, it is a much-needed and validating mirror.”

    - Booklist (starred review)
  • “Yang creates a delicate balance between these heavier issues and the lighter moments of high school. The story seamlessly explores several difficult topics without veering into ‘issue-book’ territory. The real feat comes at the end when Yang strikes a hopeful and powerful tone, despite the school’s disappointing response to reports of sexual violence.”

    - School Library Journal (starred review)


  • A BookPage Top Pick of the Month in YA Fiction

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About the Author

Kelly Yang is the author of six books for children and young adults, including Front Desk, winner of the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature and the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal, was the 2019 Global Read Aloud, and has earned numerous other honors including being named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, NPR, Kirkus ReviewsSchool Library JournalPublishers Weekly, and Learn more at

About the Narrators

Cassie Simone is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.

Karissa Vacker is a multiple AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and actress. After graduating with a BFA in acting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, she performed in regional theaters across the country before moving to Los Angeles. She has guest starred in network television shows and films and continues to work on screen and stage. Her audiobook credits include romance, young adult fiction, and mystery thrillers.