The Nature of Jade [Deb Caletti] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A beautifully rendered coming-of-age story from the National Book. Grade 9 Up–Seventeen-year-old Jade DeLuna suffers from panic attacks brought on by realizations of her own mortality. In addition to therapy and prescribed. Editorial Reviews. From School Library Journal. Gr 9 Up–Seventeen-year-old Jade is a : Nature of Jade eBook: Deb Caletti: Kindle Store.
|Published (Last):||24 March 2004|
|PDF File Size:||5.6 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||5.13 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again.
Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Return to Book Page. I am not my illness. I hate stuff like that. Everyone, everyone has their issue. But the one thing my illness did make me realise 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 I am not my illness. 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.
Hardcoverpages. Seattle, Washington United States. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Nature of Jadeplease sign up. The synopsis makes it sound like this Sebastian dude “cures” Jade’s anxiety, and there is nothing more bitch-ass than the suggestion that even a plethora of love or cheering up is ever gonna cure a mental illness.
Is this one of those books? Maria While Sebastian makes life easier for Jade, nothing in the book suggest that her anxiety is actually cured. I was actually quite happily surprised by …more While Sebastian makes life easier for Jade, nothing in the book suggest that her anxiety is actually cured.
I was actually quite happily surprised by how this book did not fall in the “Love save you from everything” idea. See all 4 questions about The Nature of Jade…. Lists with This Book. Jun 25, Wendy rated it it was ok Shelves: I wanted to like this book. And there were some things about it that I natuge did enjoy. But calettu were more things that bothered me. Some things specifically about the book, and other, more general issues that I will get to.
The main character, Ajde, is well-written. She’s interesting and sometimes pretty insightful. Or when she I wanted to like this book.
Follow the Author
Or when she sees how all her high school friends are stuck together mostly out of habit and are beginning to move their separate ways. Jade is not without her issues I think the moral of the novel is that everyone has issues and quirks; she has an anxiety disorder, an obsession with elephants, and little rituals she edb to reassure herself.
These things all made me see her as a real, likable person. I also enjoyed the animal information that led off each chapter. Yes, it was calculated, chosen specifically to compare animal and human behavior, but it was a device that worked for me. Jade’s time with the elephants at the zoo was also a unique part of caletto book that I liked. This book is really slow-moving.
I understand introducing characters and ideas, but this just dragged. There’s a point where the book jumps a few months into the future, and really, it could have just started there and the stuff at the beginning could have been worked in.
The love interest, this boy Sebastian, was just so bland. His character is defined by all external things. He has a red jacket, a son, a grandmother he calls by her first name, and a not great, but not terribly surprising secret he lies about.
He himself is not interesting. So when Jade falls in love with him, and tells us so, I think, huh? Even though I know it will be a part of the book, I haven’t seen it happening. It just doesn’t ring true somehow. I’m also distracted by things that are misses in the writing. For example, there are a lot of minor characters, and while some are sketched out pretty well, some could be played by a cardboard cutout, like the guy at the video store who always wears a pineapple shirt and always recommends the same surfing movie.
Ok at the first mention, but do we need to be told this same thing several times? Does he really only own one shirt? There are also times when we are told things like: I know this sounds cliche, but OR he seems like the stereotypical dad, but This is just bad writing.
The Nature of Jade « Deb Caletti
If you have to apologize and make excuses for what you are about to write being trite, don’t write it. Sometimes the book just felt like an exercise in writing a book, like the author didn’t really care about the things happening, it was just, how do I write a book people will buy? Sympathetic main character, check. Cute guy for love interest, check. Issues to deal with: Maybe you have to structure it all out to make a book work, but I hate when I am not involved enough to ignore the seams.
The other issues I have with the book which are not just about the book: It makes me sad that young adult books seem to be so issue-driven. I understand that young people have a lot to deal with naure. Things are harder than when I was young, I’m sure.
There’s bound to be a certain amount of angst, confusion about the future, romance and family issues in a young adult book. I imagine that this book doesn’t even ccaletti on the worst of concerns that young people face. But it still made me sad.
The Nature of Jade
Especially seeing the parents in this book and their failing relationship. Maybe I’m old-fashioned, but doesn’t anyone have a close family anymore where the parents have stuck together and really love each other?
A family where whatever the other issues are, there is a solid foundation? So maybe I’m just disappointed in the genre. I like to read children’s books for an escape to more innocent times. I also like sci-fi for an escape. I prefer classics to newer novels where I am bombarded with swearing and explicit sex. I enjoy a good coming-of-age edb, but perhaps I’ll have to accept that young adult books today might just focus jdae too many issues for me. The phrase “could care less” is used in this book.
I know people say it like this all the time, but it’s not actually correct. Sorry, this is one of my pet peeves. But think about it, people. If you are saying you could care less about something, is that really expressing the feeling you want it to? Try it that way. View all 11 comments. Sep 27, Gwen the Librarian rated it it was amazing Shelves: