“Like That? Read This!” is my new weekly feature where I provide librarian-curated book recommendations. Each week I’ll be picking a recent release and sharing a list of similar books to pick up if you liked it! “Like That? Read This!” is also perfect when you’re waiting for a library copy of a hot new release and need something to read in the meantime.
Librarians and educators are welcome to use “Like That? Read This!” to create readalike lists, displays, or other readers advisory tools for their students/readers!
Author: Kelly Yang
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: May 26, 2020
Goodreads Summary: “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 US 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. When her debate coach starts working with her privately, Dani’s game plan veers unexpectedly off course.
Desperately trying to avoid each other under the same roof, Dani and Claire find themselves on a collision course, intertwining in deeper and more complicated ways, as they grapple with life-altering experiences. Award-winning author Kelly Yang weaves together an unforgettable modern immigrant story about love, trauma, family, corruption, and the power of speaking out.“
- Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
- Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
- Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno
- All-American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney
- Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis
- When The Stars Lead to You by Ronni Davis
- Something in Between by Melissa de la Cruz
- Color Me In by Natasha Diaz
- Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
- Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli
- What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel
- When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk
Have you read Parachutes? What else would you add to this list?