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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 ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 27th 2007 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Wendy
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
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Nomes


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
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Gwen the Librarian
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
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Flannery
Apr 25, 2011 Flannery rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Misty
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
Erika
Jan 14, 2008 Erika rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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Racquel
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.
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.
Jenny Renee
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.
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erinbobarin94
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Kelly
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.

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Sierra
Sep 19, 2008 Sierra rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teens
The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti is about 18-year-old Jade, who suffers from panic attacks. The only thing that helps calm her down is the elephants that reside in the zoo a few blocks away from her house. She even has a live webcam that films the elephants 24-7 from the zoo, on her laptop, so she can see them whenever she wants. Once, while she was watching the webcam, a boy in a red jacket appears on the screen, watching the elephants. And he has a baby on his back!
Jade is interested in this
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Morgan Renae
(This would've gotten 1 star from me, if it weren't for the elephants. So I added a star for the adorable and sweet and amazing elephants.)

Oh dear. I guess some books are better off being read once. I read this for the first (and only other) time in 6th grade, and I remember loving it. Ever since then, when I saw it at a library or bookstore, I'd have this sort of vague fondness towards it. Well, that fondness is gone now. Long gone.

It's not like this book was horrible. It was just a total drag.
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Sherrybaby
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Laura
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Maddie
This book was a simply breathtaking. Deb Caletti weaves a story about a girl who gets panic attacks, trying to get her life together after high school. Maybe it wasn't the plot that I loved so much, just the way Deb Caletti puts such thought and detail into every sentence. This was everything I hoped it would be and more.

I loved how Deb Caletti chose to have the main character have panic attacks. It shows that even the ones who have little flaws like this can be just as good as us - maybe even b
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3 STARS READ ☆☆☆
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
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Kate
May 05, 2011 Kate rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Kyla
***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
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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
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Tori
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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
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Katy
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
Shaya
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
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Kylie for TeensReadToo.com

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
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Nicole
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
Wendy
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
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Micaela
The weird thing was, I was 3/4 through this book before I realized that it was written in present tense. That's how wonderfully it is written. However, some parts seemed to drag and even come to a dead stop. To be honest, I skimmed a couple pages of this book. The author gives wonderful scenes but then just takes that awe away with overly boring ones.

This book is touching. Sebastian is incredibly sweet--and the way he acts towards Bo is just adorable.

That being said, this felt a lot like a book
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BAYA Librarian
M Aside from doing homework, high school senior, Jade DeLuna, spends most of her time in her room obsessively watching a webcam trained on elephants at the Seattle Zoo. In a way, she's hiding her panic attacks, afraid she'll be caught in public and not be able to breathe. After noticing a boy in a red jacket visiting the elephants, Jade becomes obsessed with meeting him and eventually volunteers to work with the elephants. Meanwhile, her mother tries to relive high school and her father remains ...more
Armina
Aug 31, 2009 Armina rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Armina by: my friends
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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 Story of Us,” 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 tenth book with Simon & Schuster, “The Last Forever,” released in April 2014. Her first book ...more
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