Sarah's Stars

Deb Caletti. The Nature of Jade
Simon & Schuster Books $19.99  ISBN 978-1-4169-1005-3  288 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

I am in the doorway. She’s emptying the dishwasher, of all things. I don’t know why this seems so extraordinary or why it pisses me off so much. The dishwasher—it seems so innocent. It’s innocent to put away our glasses and forks after kissing another man.

Jade DeLuna is moving through life as normally as possible. High school and college are scary places sometimes, and things just keep piling up along with family and friend issues. Things just don’t seem to be getting any better. On top of it all Panic Disorder pesters Jade constantly, and fights to take over her life. In a desperate attempt to get away from it all she constantly watches the moving picture on her computer screen, from a live zoo webcam. She is not interested in monkeys or giraffes though. Elephants are her fancy. They make her feel safe and calm, their great lumbering bodies full of life and emotion that most people didn’t seem to realize they had, entrance her. She adored them…they were her escape, until she saw him; the boy in the red jacket with a baby on his back drew her attention. Somehow, she feels connected with him, although she is only watching him on a screen…she feels like she knows him.

I personally think that The Nature of Jade is both entertaining and full of delicious surprises. It is a fantastic romance that also expresses the pains and annoyances of becoming an adult. In addition, this book provides a lot of information about animals in the small quotes before every chapter. These quotes are very interesting, and allowed me to learn much more than I knew about the animal kingdom.

I found this book heartbreaking and lovely. This novel will make you want to cry, laugh, and scream. The words will have a big effect on the reader. I recommend this story for people thirteen years and older. It is a learning experience and an experience by itself. There are some scenes that involve maturity, and there is some harsh language here and there.

I give The Nature of Jade five moving stars.

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