To Go: 55
41. The Gift — Nora Roberts
42. A Winter Solstice Celebration — DiDi LeMay
43. Limitless — Alan Glynn
44. Stuff White People Like — Christian Lander
45. The Nature of Jade — Deb Caletti
Disclaimer: this is one of the challenge books that I’ve read before. I’m supposed to inform everyone of this, as per the rules.
After being diagnosed with Panic Disorder, Jade DeLuna tries her best to keep calm, which visiting the elephants at the zoo seems to do. To perpetuate her sense of tranquility, she keeps the zoo’s live webcam on her computer, and that’s where she first sees Sebastian.
Whenever I try to explain The Nature of Jade to people, I have a really hard time doing so without squealing, “Oh, it’s just so good!” Though it is, I believe, a teen novel, it’s written with the sophistication of a book for adults, and every single one of the characters is utterly enthralling.
Perhaps what’s best about the book is Jade’s inner monologue; she’s just so entirely real, and her thoughts read like you’d expect someone to think — she is, in a sense, unfiltered and doesn’t come across as cheesy or cliche, like some narrators do.
On the note of narration, I love Caletti’s use of first-person present tense. I’ve talked with many people, all of whom hold the opinion that that particular narrative-style is clunky and awkward, but I think that if done right, like in The Nature of Jade, present tense can be quite poignant.
The Nature of Jade is easily one of my favourite books so far, and I’d definitely recommend it. I just love it so much, and laughed and cried in equal measure.
Next book: The Time Traveler’s Wife — Audrey Niffenegger (I’m serious this time.)