Deb Caletti, '85
The Nature of Jade
By Deb Caletti, '85
Simon & Schuster, 2007
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Jade DeLuna is the only teenager she knows who suffers from panic disorder. She calms herself by visiting the elephants at the zoo, and by watching them from her room on the live zoo webcam. That's how she first sees the boy in the red jacket, Sebastian... The Nature of Jade is the fourth young-adult novel from Deb Caletti, whose Honey, Baby, Sweetheart was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award.
"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."