The Nature of Jade (Paperback)

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Elephants calm Jade down. That's why she starts watching the live zoo
camera from her bedroom: just to help relieve some of the pent-up
anxiety caused by Panic Disorder. She isn't looking for anything that's
going to change her life- there's already plenty of that going around,
what with her parents' growing hostility and her friends growing apart,
not to mention her own growing feeling of being trapped in her too-small
life. No, Jade isn't looking for change. But she sure finds it in
Sebastian Wilder, a boy who appears almost every evening outside the
elephant enclosure, catching Jade's eye with the red jacket that
brightens the elephant camera screen, and the baby he usually carries
with him. When Jade falls hard for Sebastian, she becomes entangled in
his strange life, getting to know his grandmother, his baby, and his
story. As their lives become more and more intertwined, and Jade begins
to feel freer from her illness, she feels more and more that this is
meant to be. But is she ready to step this far outside her comfort zone?
Beautiful and believable, Jade's struggle to figure out how to live her
life is touching, funny, and bittersweet, and will resonate deeply with
anyone who has ever felt afraid and has had to face their fears. Best
for ages fourteen and up

— Lily


A beautifully rendered coming-of-age story from the National Book Award finalist and author of Honey, Baby, Sweetheart.

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 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.

Master storyteller Deb Caletti has once again created characters so real, you will be breathless with anticipation as their riveting story unfolds.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781416910060
ISBN-10: 1416910069
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: April 2008
Pages: 288
Language: English

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