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The Jade Notebook

(Notebook #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  304 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Down-to-earth Zeeta and her flighty mom, Layla, have spent years traveling the globe and soaking up everything each new culture has to offer. Now they've settled in the beachside town of Mazunte, Mexico, where Zeeta's true love, Wendell, has an internship photographing rare sea turtles. At first glance, Zeeta feels sure that Mazunte is paradise—she envisions dips in jade w ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
Sadly it seems the adventures of Zeeta ends with this book. Zeeta and her mom are in Mexico managing a bed and breakfast for tourists. Wendell is there interning for the turtle center. Zeeta is also looking for her father and his family.

Everything seems wonderful and jusy maybe the wandelust is out of her mother and this will become home. Only someone wants them gone and things happen trying to get them to leave.

We have an array of color characters adding a layer of humor to the story. Also loca
Zeeta, honey, I respect you and all that you are. You've lived in seventeen different countries in seventeen years. You're conversationally proficient in dozens of languages. You're responsible, outgoing and caring. But, girl, really? You need to believe that Wendell, the love of your life, is going to be around for the long haul. He's basically planned his past two summers around where you're living! None of this wishy-washy girly crap about him leaving you (I get it, I wouldn't mind a Wendell ...more
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
I adore Meche. I find the characters strong and compelling. But the plot? Not so much. The sense of place is excellent, the flavor of the people and the the food and the environs very distinct. The people themselves are very compelling, original and so totally believable that the tortured plot shows up in bas relief.
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Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
The third and final installment in the Notebook series, The Jade Notebook was a combination of a sweet romance and a terrifying mystery. After their many troubles together as a couple, it seems like Wendell and Zeeta have finally found paradise together. They were such a great match; they complimented each other perfectly. I was glad they had each other to lean on throughout the many difficulties their respective families put them through. As for the mystery of the stolen baby sea turtle eggs, I ...more
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved this book and the series,I didn't want it to ever end, but it did with a lovely ending. All of the books held a bit of mystery and thrill which I loved. This book had the most out of the three. The first had a bit at the end, then the second had a mystery the whole book but the exciting part was at the end and the same for this book but the fast pace was more for the whole last half of the book. I loved the characters and how they developed and how none of them are really who you think t ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
A satisfying ending! I enjoyed the growing up everyone did, and the little bit of magic that weaves through it all. Family is home!
Ok This time, Zeeta and Layla are in Mexico. Wendell has an internship at the nearby turtle center. but trouble starts when the eggs of the turtles are being stolen. ALso Zeeta is looking for her father.
Where do I begin. For the most part this was a very good book. I liked that Zeeta and Wendell are much more stable ( not always but more on that later) I like Meche and her "pet". I really like Zeeta's father Tortue, and all the other side characters. I also really like the climax.
But, truthfull
Feb 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the third and final installment in Zeeta's adventures around the world. Because it's the last one you expect a fair amount of tying up of loose ends, but this one is too neat and tidy. There is the same format used in the previous two books in which there is a mystery that Zeeta and her boyfriend Wendell must solve. There is also the usual teen girl insecurity in love stuff and crazy mom stuff. The problem is that this one is just too transparent. It is obvious who the bad guys are and w ...more
Stephanie A.
While I still enjoyed the writing style and the main characters, and was particularly taken with the sea turtle beach and the introduction of a pet jaguar (who along with his owner is by far my favorite of all the mini-mysteries in this one), I'm not sure I felt as strongly connected to the location in this book as I did to the others. Perhaps Mexico is just too close to home, but I struggled to imagine it being beautiful and exotic, even on the coast.

The thing I liked about The Forbidden Territ
Anna Francesca
Aug 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Was this a book that kept me up to consume it like a delicious bowl of mole (to reference the details in the plot)? Absolutely. Zeeta's voice is extremely authentic. The characters develop, change, and move beyond rumors and expectations about who they are. While this is the final book in the notebook trilogy, it holds its own as an independent novel. However, the nuanced writing gets cut down by the saccharine epilogue that ties a neat bow on a series whose strength is its complexities. It is t ...more
Zeeta and Layla have moved to Mexico and are running a small resort near a town famed for it's beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs. Zeeta's boyfriend, Wendall, has joined them as well and Zeeta thinks this is paradise. She does not want to ever leave this place, so she is doing everything she can to get her mom to sign a long-term contract with the resort owners. However, odd things start disturbing Zeeta's paradise: poachers, jaguars, witches – plus she is still searching out her missing f ...more
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Third in the series. Has everything I've loved about the previous books. Well drawn, interesting characters. Fabulous setting (beaches and mole and the language and turtles!). Interesting plot that puts my favorites in danger. And of course the unraveling of Zeeta's search.

My only complaint is that I knew these characters so well and the books are so familiar, that I had EVERYTHING figured out early on. The moment a character entered the story, I could place them (correctly) in relation to Zeeta
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic, teen
Continuing the sequence (Ruby Notebook, Indigo Notebook), this novel finds Zeeta, her flighty mom Layla and her boyfriend Wendell in a small beachside Mexican village where Zeeta hopes to find her birth father and Wendell studies/photographs sea turtles. But there's a couple of mysteries (bruja next door with a pet jaguar, poaching of turtle eggs) that they get embroiled in. A little issue-driven, but vivid in description and setting. Enjoyed. ...more
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
It took a lot of convincing on my behalf to keep reading the book. I'm glad I decided to continue it, as the story turned out to be very pleasant. The first half of the book is very slow, and is quite predictable, but I still enjoyed it! Even though I didn't read the other two books in this series, this book works really well as a stand alone. Nice little story; I'm pleased that it had a happy ending. ...more
Anna Jenkins
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is extremely interesting! Along with it being a great story about a girl, her mom, and boyfriend, the book also has a beautiful setting which is described in a way that makes you feel like you're there! I did not read the two books that Laura wrote before this one, but that was no problem at all, the story was really easy to pick up on. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who enjoys travel, or just an adventurous story about a young girls life. ...more
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
As the last book in the series, I found the plot to be pretty predictable, especially in light of the previous book. It took the main characters most of the book to figure out what the reader knew much sooner. That being said, I enjoyed the setting of Mexico and learned a lot about food and how one runs resort cabanas. I still haven't read the 1st book, but so far the 2nd one (the Ruby Notebook) was my favorite of the series. ...more
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the 3rd book in a series. Zeeta and her mother are in Mexico, running a cabana resort. Zeeta and her boyfriend are trying to find her long-lost father, with a common Mexican name. They end up trying to save the sea turtle eggs and befriending the local neighboring witch. I just wasn't thrilled. ...more
Mary Farrell
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
I like the two previous books and was looking forward to reading this one. I'm not sure why I couldn't get into it. It just wasn't grabbing me. The pace picked up in the last third, but the plot was predictable. Laura Resau has a gift for describing lush scenery, that was enjoyable. Maybe I expected more from these characters and it was just more of the same. ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Zeeta I feel lost a bit of herself in finding Wendell. She was so independent in the first book and by this one she had lost quite a bit of that. However, I love all the other characters, Layla and Meche in particular. I'm happy with how it ended and I'm happy for everyone involved but these four stars were for Layla and the rest, Zeeta for me didn't contribute that much. ...more
Jennifer Louise
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Definitely some surprise revelations towards the end, though I had figured some of them out before hand. Enjoyable read and appropriate wrap up to the trilogy as a whole. I will definitely be looking out for more books by Laura Resau. I also like that the series as a whole was very culturally diverse and included a glossary for Spanish vocabulary and terms in the back.
I feel so terrible for ranking a Laura Resau book so low, but I'm several chapters in, and I just can't get hooked. It's too predictable and redundant, and I just don't like the characters much anymore. Le sigh. ...more
Kent District Library
Beth G: This is the third in the series. Zeeta and her mother have now moved to Mexico and Zeeta is hoping to find her father. Her mother has promised to stay in one place for a while and Zeeta feels like her life is following her plan. But of course something goes wrong.
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.70 I am in love with the third notebook. this book was amazing. it was everything I'd hoped it to be. I loved Meche and Gatito they were my favorite part. I also loved the gracia parts and the mention of La Llrona. I loved that Zeeta. finally found Tortue and they ended up happily as a family. ...more
Jasmine Walker
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, this series is one of my guilty pleasures.. it is one of those stories with a bit of romance and adventure and the safe predictability that everything is going to work out perfectly in the end.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Meche is my fave.


So reluctant to start this 'cause I know it's the last one.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mexico, library
The author should have added this story to the end of the Ruby Notebook. She could have shortened both stories and combined the story lines to make a more interesting read.
Feb 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-books-2012
Love these books. Great trilogy for teens looking for stories set in exotic places with very real characters.
Kaye Lynne Booth
See my review of "The Jade Notebook" here: ...more
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I always resonate with Zeeta's quest for a home, and was quite pleased that she found one in this book. ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I couldn't stop reading this, and so I finished it pretty quickly. Way good ...more
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I'm the author of the young adult novels The Queen of Water (with Maria Virginia Farinango), Red Glass, What the Moon Saw, The Indigo Notebook, The Ruby Notebook , The Jade Notebook, and the middle-grade novels Star in the Forest and The Lightning Queen. My most recent novel, Tree of Dreams, was released in 2019 with Scholastic. I grew up in Maryland, then moved around for ten years (as student, E ...more

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