The Nature of Jade

The Nature of Jade

by Deb Caletti
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The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti

A beautifully rendered coming-of-age story from the National Book Award finalist and author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416910060
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 03/25/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,233,005
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Deb Caletti is an award-winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include Stay; The Nature of Jade; and Honey, Baby, Sweetheart, winner of the Washington State Book Award and the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her books for adults include He’s Gone and her latest release, The Secrets She Keeps. She lives with her family in Seattle.

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Nature of Jade 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Since being diagnosed with Panic Disorder, Jade DeLuna does not know how to cope with the shortness of breath and dizzy feelings, but could this all change when she meets the boy in the red jacket?

Jade,18, is in her senior year of high school when she is diagnosed. She knows nothing good can come out of it and she thinks not even the support of her family can help her through. Not only that, but her other family members have problems of their own.

Like her little brother, Oliver, who loves reading THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA books, but their dad has other plans for him. Dad wants Oliver to love sports, but even though Oliver has tried many times with soccer, baseball, and football, he can't seem to enjoy them. Jade and Oliver both notice their parents' marriage is falling apart, with mom always at PTA meetings and dad locking himself downstairs with his wooden city sculptures.

With all of this, Jade doesn't feel relaxed a bit.

Soon Jade finds an escape from everything, and that escape is the elephants. Not only do the elephants calm her down, they make her feel important and not so tied up in her schoolwork. Jade puts a video cam on the local zoo's elephants cage so she can have the elephants anytime she wants on her computer screen -- but one night she notices on the live video a boy in a red jacket with a toddler. Jade is so intrigued by the young man and the toddler that she volunteers at the zoo's elephant park. One day, while leaving the zoo, she finally meets the young man. The moment he speaks, Jade knows she likes him and she knows she wants to see him again.

Will I ever see the mysterious young man and the toddler again ?

If I do, will it develop into a relationship?

And is the toddler his kid?

These are all questions that Jade asks herself, and if you read this book you will find the interesting answers.

THE NATURE OF JADE by Deb Caletti is a great novel that keeps you attached and interested until the end. Ms. Caletti definitely knows how to write an engaging life story and I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
starts out kind of slow making you kind anxious to the point where I found myself skipping entire paragraphs to get to the good stuff, but once the plot gets going, it REALLY gets goin'. Over all, it's a fantastic book. I've read it twice now and I'd read it again. It had me in tears even though I already knew everything. The story never gets old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow is all i have to say. This book was so amazing, you learn to love all the characters for who they really are. I could not put this book down.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Jade has Panic Disorder. What helps keep her calm is watching the elephants at the Zoo. That is while she's watching them one day she notices a boy in a red jacket and sees that he has a baby with him. Who is this boy? Why is she so drawn to him? Is the baby his? It was cool reading about info on the elephants at the beginning of each chapter. Really liked the book and the character of Jade. I really liked the ending and how it's left open and not like an ending, ending. You know? Anyway, really want to read the author's other books now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ok, well this book was really really good. it was very romantic and emotional. i was kinda mad at the end cuz it was turning out how i wanted it to but at the very very last end it turned out good but not great. overall it was great , the characters were very good. just to tell i finished in 3 days. i recommend it!
Hopee_ More than 1 year ago
This book was veryy good. I lovedd the way all the characters were flawed in some important way, and the way Sebastian handled taking care of Bo. You get to fall in love with more than just one character in this book. But there needs to be a sequel!
Awesomeness1 More than 1 year ago
This book taught me alot in the way of animal nature and stuff like that, but it was kind of an average "discovering yourself" teenage book. The characters were realistic, and Jade was a good narrator filled with humor and honesty. The one thing I did not like though was the poor sentence structure filled with too many commas, that made some parts hard to follow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has to be one of the best I have ever read. I couldn't put it down. Once i started to read about and understand Jade and the way she thinks, I was hooked. This book kept me captivated and amazed through out the whole story. I would read it over and over again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, although a few parts were a little boring, I agree with one of the other reviewers- the book just sucks you in. It was like I didn't even realize how far I was into the book. But other than that I loved it. And i loved the relationship that Jade and Sebastian had, they just connected so well. But I just sort of felt that the ending left me hanging, maybe i missed something, but i'm not sure. The ending to me just wasn't that spectacular. other than that very good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read a lot but this is definetly one of my top three books. It's so good. You can really relate to the main character and she isn't cheesy and predicatable like other characters in stories that I've read. The ending is left open but she's flying to go see the guy she loves and it gives you a sort of satisfaction that their lives don't end perfectly but they both are in love so somehow they'll work everything out. As I said previously, the ending is left for you to wonder about what happens with the paternity thing between llittle Bo's dad and mom, but I think that was better left out. Everything would've been too perfect if that had been in the ending.
HeatherBloggs More than 1 year ago
This is one of those books that I have been pushing off finishing for months on end now, but tonight I finally finished The Nature of Jade. The story overall was really well written, however it was the the story-line that just didn't keep my interest. This could just be me, but, I feel this is something that has been used many times but, the author wasn't able to make it unique enough to not only stand out but to make it her own. When I first bought the book I had high hopes and I am honestly really sad to say it didn't meet even half of my expectations. I am interested in seeing what else the author has written, but this book just wasn't for me. Overall Rating: 2.5 Star Also posted to my blog:
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!!! I never thought i would find a book this good in a library! I dont have it ona nook but WHATEVES!!! The secret isnt that big but * SORT OF SPOILER * it causes them to move a lot. I wasnt that surprised and her mom is &*%$#. This was good GET. IT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At the end though i cryed but it was amazing really i loved it
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I have to say that the book is good but the ending is really sad. Other than that the book is a book worth reading.
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This book is so much better then i expected. I thought it was going to be cute and loveable and driven by not very deep charcters but i was wrong! This book its at must...but be ready to cry.
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eanubis89EB More than 1 year ago
I LOVED IT i read it in one day and this is one of my favorite books by Deb Caletti and I can't wait to see what's next u have enspired me to read ur books and they are very touching!
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I loved Ms. Deb Caletti. Her books are always written with great emphasis on life changing moments. Her characters have flaws that I can always relate to. One thing I enjoyed about this book are the great characters that Ms. Caletti molded for her readers. These characters were flawed from the start, looking for a way out. I adored that they didn't judge but wanted to be loved. That they can put aside all of the past and look forward to the future. I loved the story line as well. As the reader, you learn dark secrets about Sebastian and who he really is. I have to admit that this is a great element to the story that I enjoyed. Lies on top of lies, the reader is branded to think something, but learns something completely different. Amazing! The love interest in this story really captured my heart. I felt for Sebastian and instantly love this guy. He is not the bad guy he is made out to be and only did what he thought best. I am totally on his side. I like that Jade didn't judge him as well. Her heart is genuine and she cared for him like no other. I also liked that even with her panic disorder, she didn't panic for some stupid reason, but panic for him. She cared for someone else entirely. And that amazed me! This is a great story of doing what is right. Even when the circumstance point in other directions, you have to see the whole picture first. Ms. Caletti wrote an amazing story with great characters.