Hollen Reviews Elephants

By Amber Hollen

The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti is about a senior in high school named Jade who has a panic disorder. She never knew about her disorder until her parents went on a vacation and she started to worry about their lives. Before that, she experienced the death of her grandmother and realized how fragile life was. Her aunt had come to stay with her and her brother while her parents were away, and Jade started having a panic attack and couldn’t breathe.

Since she was diagnosed with panic disorder, she goes to see a therapist. She also finds a method of calming herself down by watching the elephants at a nearby zoo. While she Is watching the elephants, she sees a boy who later she learns is named Sebastian. He tells her his secrets and she falls in love with the twenty year old boy with a kid. She later finds out that he lied to her, and she has a big decision to make.
“I haven’t read the book, but it sounds interesting,” says Angela Hollen. On a scale of one to ten I would rate this book a ten because when you read this book, you learn a lot about elephants and their behavior, and you also learn about the causes and effects of a panic disorder. You get a new understanding of how the person with the disorders mind works, and you can understand them better. The story starts off kind of slow, but once you read on, you get more interested and it becomes less about elephants and more about the love story between Jade and Sebastian and his child.

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