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The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti
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Jun 28, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ya-lit, 2010
Read in June, 2010

** spoiler alert ** The Nature of Jade centers around high achiever Jade DeLuna, a high school senior living in Seattle. Deb Caletti weaves information about elephants’ social lives with Jade’s narrative to show readers that animals and people rely on their instincts and families. Struggling to overcome her anxiety and panic attacks, Jade relies on her crumbling family for support. She volunteers at the elephant habitat at the Zoo and finds not only peace and balance in her life but an intense relationship with a teenage father. When Jade finds out the truth about Sebastian and Bo, she has to decide if she can accept someone else’s hidden past. Caletti’s compelling narrative shows how a star student overcomes her anxiety and falls in love with Sebastian and his family. Recommended for high school students, this is an accurate and detailed portrayal of the pressures and demands that college-bound high school students face.

The Nature of Jade is an effective romance, though it transcends the genre somewhat. The secondary characters are well developed, especially Jade’s mother and elephant keeper mentor. Jade definitely comes of age in the story, and her steady path toward independence and self-sufficiency is what ultimately leads her to love. The book is well written and will appeal to college-bound high school students seeking a mature, adult relationship.
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