ancapeva, February 11, 2009 (view all comments by ancapeva)
I loved this book! It was amazing. I loved the way it is written, it definitely has its own voice and I think if you like Sarah Dessen books you will love this one and vice versa. It made me cry, in a good way.
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mk.carman, August 23, 2007 (view all comments by mk.carman)
Deb Caletti has mastered the English language. With the fluidity of poetry, her fiction reads easily and simply. The Nature of Jade takes you on a journey with the main character that, when all is said and done, changes your life as well. It's not cheesy or hyperbolic; it's simply the truth.
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Kya, August 4, 2007 (view all comments by Kya)
Once again, Caletti has created a multitude of greatly realitsic and lovable characters. Jade's panic attacks make the chest of the reader tighten, and as she relaxes so do you. The story follows a lovely romance with a twist at the end that, although predictable to a certain extent, leaves readers thinking, 'Nooo!' It is a lovely read for all who enjoy a feel-good book with a bit of soul.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"When 17-year-old Jade sees a curly-haired boy on a zoo Web camera — a boy with a baby on his back — she gets that 'little feeling of knowing, this fuzzy, gnawing sense that someone will become a major something in your life.' After she volunteers to work with the elephants, she meets and falls in love with Sebastian, and is quickly drawn into his complicated life — including his dangerous secret. Jade's life has its own complexities, such as a 'missing in action' father, and a mother who is overly involved in Jade's high school. Caletti's (Wild Roses) multilayered novel interweaves many plot points; the fascinating anecdotes about animal behavior that begin each chapter ground the story, as does the guidance of Jade's gentle counselor. Some characters do not fully come alive, such as the brokenhearted elephant keeper Damian, who mourns the pachyderm he left behind in India. (Readers will likely take to Damian regardless, and appreciate his part in teaching Jade that she is like her name, 'One of the strongest materials. Stronger than steel.') The author offers a rather unflinching look at realistically complicated lives; readers will root for Jade as she begins to learn that she can't 'put things into separate compartments: right, wrong, good, bad' — especially when it comes to the people she loves. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Smart, engaging (and occasionally awkward) first-person narration, genuinely complex relationships and strong secondary characters...combine to make this a sure hit for fans of Sarah Dessen....All in all, a pleasure."
by Children's Literature,
"With intelligent yet emotion-drenched prose, Caletti expertly weaves a story of humor and pathos featuring a cast of unforgettable, multi-faceted human and animal characters."
"Jade's first-person voice seems overly sophisticated, and her story is sometimes needlessly complex....On the other hand, the author does a fine job of developing [her] characters...describing their emotions deeply as well as authentically. The love story is also quite captivating."
"In telling about Jade and Sebastian, Caletti pushes her readers to consider these same moral choices, and perhaps to realize that sometimes there are no correct answers in life."
by ing hold,
National Book Award finalist Caletti (Honey, Baby, Sweetheart) pens another beautifully rendered coming-of-age story. When 17-year-old Jade DeLuna, who has been diagnosed with panic disorder, becomes involved with single teenage father Sebastian, she feels safe — until she learns his secret.
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