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The Nature of Jade

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  10,850 Ratings  ·  600 Reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 25th 2008 by Simon Pulse (first published February 27th 2007)
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I wanted to like this book. And there were some things about it that I really did enjoy. But there were more things that bothered me. Some things specifically about the book, and other, more general issues that I will get to.

First, the good:
The main character, Jade, is well-written. She's interesting and sometimes pretty insightful. Like when she talks about how people get caught up in all the little, meaningless things in life so that they don't think the BIG THOUGHTS about death. Or when she
Apr 13, 2011 Nomes rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, mixed-feelings

I enjoyed my second Deb Caletti book much more than the previous one I read of hers (Honey, Baby, Sweetheart but I still have conflicted feelings...

Caletti writes beautiful prose, with sentiments about the finer details of life that make you pause and contemplate. It's a fantastic skill for a writer to have b/c it lets the reader get right inside the characters head and connect.

Maybe it's the faux fire and the rain and the sinking couch, I don't know. Or maybe it's his soft clothes and warm eye
Gwen the Librarian
Sep 27, 2007 Gwen the Librarian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenbooks
I finished reading The Nature of Jade, by Deb Caletti, a couple of days ago. I felt a real sense of mourning when it finally finished. Not because it was a sad book, but because I hated to end such a satisfying and well-written one. I would follow these characters forever.

Jade is a sixteen-year-old living in Seattle. Senior year is approaching and all of her friends and even her family are going through major changes and growing pains. Jade herself has anxiety, panic attacks. The only thing tha
Apr 14, 2011 Flannery rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I have no effing clue.
Recommended to Flannery by: Random pick at the library.
At the end of most audiobooks, the narrator says, “We hope you have enjoyed our production of Blahblahblah…” When it came to it on this one, I said out loud, “Um, I didn’t really.” There was nothing wrong on the audio side of things and I actually thought the writing was great at points, but I just couldn’t handle the story. It felt like I tied anchors to my ankles and then had to drag them along with me while I was listening. Nothing was happening for a large part of the book and when drama act ...more
Jan 16, 2009 Misty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far one of the best books I have read. I would venture to say that it is now my favorite book. I couldn't put the thing down and was completely engrossed in the characters and their lives. I couldn't get enough of Jade, her brother Oliver, Sebastian and little Bo. I read another review where someone said that they could read about these characters forever and I have to agree with that. I also really enjoyed the story with the Elephants that Jade worked with. I learned a lot about elep ...more
This is one of my absolute favorite books. It's so powerful!! Jade voice SHINES. Her story is so capturing and heart warming you will be thinking about the book days after you're done. Jade is very real and 3D. The plot is an issue all around the world but it's not very used in books however Caletti captures it PERFECTLY. If you haven't read this book please tell me what kind of cave you have been living in because you have been MISSING OUT!

-thank you&come again.
Jun 11, 2009 Sherrybaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jenny Renee
Jan 23, 2010 Jenny Renee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
What first made me interested in this novel is the fact that the main character Jade has anxiety and a panic disorder. I don’t suffer from a panic disorder but I do have anxiety and panic attacks so I thought I might like reading a story about something I can relate to, and I loved it! This book was filled with romance, friendships, family drama, and the love of animals—and I think that it was a perfect mix.

Overachiever Jade loves elephants. She loves just looking at them and they calm her down.
Kelly Martinez
Nov 23, 2008 Kelly Martinez rated it really liked it
The Nature of Jade is a compelling story of a girl, a boy, and... elephants (Yep, not your average teen romance novel). Jade Deluna has been diagnosed with Panic Disorder. Jade is a shy and cautious girl, and her disorder has made her even more so. But one thing helps Jade through her illness- visiting elephants at a local zoo, only blocks away. Jade even keeps a live zoo webcam on in her room to soothe herself over daily stresses. This is where things change for Jade. She meets Sebastian.

Oct 18, 2007 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: females
This book is written about Jade, a girl with a panic disorder. She is a senior and she lives near a zoo. She finds the elephants most mesmerizing and calming, which help her with her disorder. She leaves up the 24 hour elephant watch from the zoo's website in her room everyday. Jade goes through life averagly. She has friends, a regular family and pretty good grades. She does however think about every possible thing that could go wrong with every little thing.

One day while watching the elephant
Morgan F
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 one too many commas.
May 02, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kate by: Teen Book Club selection
Jade is a senior in high school who suffers from anxiety attacks. She takes medication and goes to a therapist, but the one thing that keeps her calm is the elephants. She lives only a few blocks from the Seattle Zoo, and watches the elephants on the Elephant Cam (like this one, at the San Diego Zoo). The elephants go about their lives like very calm people.

Then Jade sees a boy about her age watching the elephants, and he has a baby with him. Jade begins to wonder about this boy and comes up wit
Jun 28, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-lit, 2010
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Apr 17, 2009 erinbobarin94 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Nature of Jade BY by Deb Caletti

I can not decide if i hated or loved this book. It was very funny in some parts, sarcastic great lead female, deep monologue, and a very profound plot.
However, there are some parts ( the actual dialogue) it was so very boring, and weird!! I liked the inner monologue more and luckily there was a lot of it.
This book is about This girl Named Jade. She is struggling to know who she is and what she wants. She needs to step up and take lead of her
Kate (GirlReading)
I really, really loved this. The way Deb Caletti portrays anxiety and Jade's situation was so great, I had very few issues with it. At times it was genuinely comforting to read. The elephant element within 'The Nature of Jade' filled my heart with warmth. The way the elephants connection to humans was describe was gorgeous. I though Jade and Sebastian's relationship was lovely and it was so interesting to see how Sebastian's situation was dealt with, although I would have liked to have seen more ...more
Mar 15, 2008 Kyla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***YA Book***
Two chapters in I was jealous of this book - not only had the author "stolen" the setting of my own YA book in progress (Ballard, WA) but she was using the real life elephants of the Woodland Zoo, including Hansa, the baby elephant that had a key role in my now-husband and I declaring our love to each other (true story!)
But as the book went on - and on - and on, it became clear this book would have benefited from a little judicious editing. Too many elements clutter the book to be d
May 26, 2017 Izza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
4 stars | This book was a little jem. It’s one of those quiet yet powerful “coming of age” stories. The Nature of Jade is about family and facing your fears. About growing up and realizing your parents are humans after all. And love. This novel is filled with it and not only the romantic kind of love. This is realistic YA fiction at its best.

Full review here @ IzzaReads
Jan 01, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Jade’s grandmother died, she developed a panic disorder – not because they were especially close, but because Jade realized then that people could die. This left her incredibly anxious and afraid to take risks.

After her family moved to the city, Jade began visiting the zoo near her house. She became attached to the elephants, finding them calming to watch, and then started to watch them at home, from a webcam the zoo set up. This is where she first sees the boy. He wears a red jacket, holds
Jesi Myers
Mar 06, 2017 Jesi Myers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time reading Deb Caletti, although I'd seen her books for years. It was a cute book, with Jade growing through out the course of the book. Would love to have had an Epilogue at the end!
Jan 09, 2017 Jana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was a little too much high school drama for me
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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
Stephanie Loy Son
I wish I could give this book a 4.5 instead of a 4 because it was a fabulous read. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I believe that this is one of the few "teen reads" that makes your time worthwhile. It is beautifully written and provides insights to the behavior of animals.

"The Nature of Jade" by Deb Caletti is about a high school senior named Jade who deals with a severe case of anxiety and volunteers at the zoo working with elephants. From this experience, she meets Sebastian and gets pulled into
Jul 01, 2009 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful. It goes on my top 5 best books list along side the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, Along For the Ride by Sarah Dessen, Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott, and Intensely Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. The Sebastian & Jade relationship, was amazing and lovable. There love was real. And I felt my body warm over at every time they were with each other, and that has only happened with my crushes or with Edward and Bella in Twilight or with Auden and Eli in ...more
Jul 05, 2010 Tori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Gabby Harrell
Mar 31, 2013 Gabby Harrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jade has really bad anxiety like really bad. She is watches elephants with the zoo monitor in her room to comfort her. One day she sees a boy with a baby from the monitor and becomes obsessed in a way. The plot pretty much is her summer before college and how she deals with everything.
So the plot sounds like a love story. IT IS NOT. It's just about Jade growing into her own skin and becoming independent, her growth of friendships and overcoming anxiety. I adored this book because the plot was l
My sister highly recommended this to me, but I just didn't like it anywhere near as much as she did.

I liked the premise of a girl with a panic disorder who volunteers with the elephants at the zoo. The animal behavior and the elephant parts were really fun and enjoyable. And I liked the conversations with her therapist.

But I felt the writing dragged a bit and it could have been a lot more engaging. I read some of the negative reviews of this before I picked it up, so I noticed flaws I might no
Carla ♥
i had a hard time choosing from all my unread books which to read next then i chose THE NATURE OF JADE because i got curious with the story line..

i was really excited to read this book,
but the first part of the book was quite slow and i got bored so i stopped reading it for a few days, that's why i finished this really slow ..

when i resumed reading it, the fun part was starting and i enjoyed a bit ..
when Jade and Sebastian finally met and when they started going out ..
i like how it was written a
3.5 stars.

My third Caletti book. I think I was spoiled by reading her best book to date, "Stay", first.

I love Deb Caletti's easy writing style. The characters seem true to their age and place in life, the setting matches up with the mood and tension of the scenes. Purely enjoyable. This is about as close to 'chick lit' as I get.

I thought the set up was a little long. I loved the addition of the elephants to the storyline and how it was woven into Jade and Sebastian's story.

I didn't like the c
Oct 30, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
The Nature of Jade is definitely a book I recommend. Well..if you like chic-lit. It really shows great character development and helps the reader to feel like they are developing too. I wish the ending had told a little bit more about what happens with Sebastian, but then the story would've gone on forever. I was able to relate to this book in someways which really helped me to enjoy and understand the book. On the last page it says, "Life and our love for others is a balancing act, I understand ...more
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Deb Caletti is an award winning author and National Book Award finalist. Her many books for young adults include “The Nature of Jade,” “Stay,” “The Last Forever,” and "Honey, Baby Sweetheart," winner of the Washington State Book award, the PNBA Best Book Award, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award. Her first book for adults, “He’s Gone,” was released from Random House in 2012, and was followed wit ...more
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