Virtual Event — Kelly Yang and "Parachutes"

Thu June 4th 2020, 4:00pm
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Virtual Event — Kelly Yang and "Parachutes"

Description from the publisher:

"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."


About Kelly Yang

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Kelly Yang is the New York Times bestselling author of Front Desk, Parachutes, and Three Keys, the sequel to Front Desk. Kelly won the 2019 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature for her novel Front Desk, based on her experiences as a 10-year old working at her family's motel business. Parachutes, her Young Adult debut novel releasing May 26, 2020 from HarperCollins, is about two girls navigating sexual misconduct at an elite private school, based on her own experience at Harvard Law School.

Kelly was born in China, immigrated to America when she was 6 years old and grew up in Southern California. She went to college at the age of 13, graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in political science, and Harvard Law School at the age of 20. After graduating with a juris doctor, she decided not to become a lawyer. Kelly served as an editorial columnist for the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong from 2010 to 2018, as well as a contributor to the New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Atlantic and also founded an after-school writing program for children called The Kelly Yang Project, before becoming a full time novelist. She lives in the Bay Area with her children. 
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