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The Devil Wears Prada meets Far from the Tree

From New York Times bestselling author Kelly Yang comes a powerful love story about two teens searching for their place in the world.

Serene dreams of making couture dresses even more stunning than her mom’s, but for now she’s an intern at her mom’s fashion label. When her mom receives a sudden diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, all that changes. Serene has to take over her mother’s business overnight while trying to figure out what happened with her dad in Beijing. He left before she was born, and Serene wants to find him, even if it means going against her mom’s one request—never look back.

Lian Chen moved from China to Serene’s mostly white Southern California beach town a year ago. He doesn’t fit in at school, where kids mispronounce his name. His parents don’t care about what he wants to do—comedy—and push him toward going to MIT engineering early. Lian thinks there’s nothing to stick around for until one day he starts a Chinese Club after school . . . and Serene walks in.

Worlds apart in the high school hierarchy, Serene and Lian soon find refuge in each other, falling in love as they navigate life-changing storms.


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"An unforgettable read. Gripping...empowering...compelling. Yang makes a fierce entrance into YA."

-- ALA Booklist, starred review

"This is a powerful exploration of race, class, and power through multiple lenses, the most powerful being sexual harassment and rape. An engrossing read that will spark discussions on a wide range of issues."

--School Library Journal, starred review

"This is a multifaceted read, by turns poignant, fun, and exultant in its celebration of the multitudinous experiences and strength inherent in diasporic identity."

--Publisher's Weekly, starred review

“Parachutes is sure to establish Kelly Yang as one of YA’s most vital new voices."

--BookPage, starred review

"Yang has created two distinct and vibrant voices that shimmer with passion for both justice and independence."

--Horn Book

“Parachutes is a force. As fast-paced as it is powerful, its story of immigration, social class, and rape culture calls out the damaging consequences of privilege in ways that will make readers want to speak up and take action.” 

--Randy Ribay, National Book Award finalist and author of Patron Saints of Nothing

Parachutes is not just a searing drama that explores the lives of Asians in America, it’s a courageous, empowering story about how high women can soar when they lift each other up.”

--Stacey Lee, award-winning author of The Downstairs Girl

Copyright Kelly Yang 2019
PARACUTES Art © Chung-Yun Yoo.