Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

Description from publisher-I am not my illness. "Girl with Anxiety," "Trauma of the Week" -- no. I hate stuff like that. Everyone, everyone has their issue. But the one thing my illness did make me realize is how necessary it is to ignore the dangers of living in order to live. And how much trouble you can get into if you can't.

Jade DeLuna is too young to die. She knows this, and yet she can't quite believe it, especially when the terrifying thoughts, loss of breath, and dizzy feelings come. Since being diagnosed with Panic Disorder, she's trying her best to stay calm, and visiting the elephants at the nearby zoo seems to help. That's why Jade keeps the live zoo webcam on in her room, and that's where she first sees the boy in the red jacket. A boy who stops to watch the elephants. A boy carrying a baby.

His name is Sebastian, and he is raising his son alone. Jade is drawn into Sebastian's cozy life with his son and his activist grandmother on their Seattle houseboat, and before she knows it, she's in love. With this boy who has lived through harder times than anyone she knows. This boy with a past.

Jade knows the situation is beyond complicated, but she hasn't felt this safe in a long time. She owes it all to Sebastian, her boy with the great heart. Her boy who is hiding a terrible secret. A secret that will force Jade to decide between what is right, and what feels right.

Master storyteller Deb Caletti has once again created characters so real, you will be breathless with anticipation as their riveting story unfolds.


The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti is a truly great book. It is about friendship, love, family, confidence, and trust. You can learn a lot from Jade as she goes through her senior year.

The characters in this book were amazing. I loved Jade especially. She's different in a good way.She's also really funny and confident. Jade learns a lot of lessons throughout the book and I enjoyed reading about her learning them.

The book takes place in Seattle, especially at the zoo. The elephants help Jade deal with her panic disorder. She knows all of the elephants by name. She watches them from a webcam in the zoo by the elephants that allows her to see them on her computer. This is how she meets Sebestian and the fall in love.

The Nature of Jade is a truly amazing, meaningful book. If you are looking for an enjoyable and good read stop at the library or store and pick it up. I highly recommend it!


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