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Jade isn't even my real name. Jade began as my Starbucks name, because all children of immigrants have a Starbucks name.

Jade has done all the right things.

She's curated herself to fit right in at her law firm, but tells herself she has no choice.
She's with a man who loves her, but isn't always herself around him.
She's made her Omma and Baba proud, but resents that they can't properly understand her.

Jade is perfectly in control of her life.

Until one terrible night unravels Jade's carefully constructed world, leaving her wondering who she truly is.

JADED is a refreshing and bitingly honest debut novel about how one shocking event can upend everything... and asks, what would you have done in her situation?

©2024 Ela Lee (P)2024 Penguin Audio


  • Ela Lee is a remarkable new voice in fiction. I tore through JADED – it made me laugh, cry and really bloody furious
    Stacey Halls

About the author

Ela Lee

Ela Lee was born in 1995 and is a British-Korean-Turkish writer. She studied Law at the University of Oxford and went on to practise as a City lawyer. In 2021, during the global pandemic, Ela began work on her debut novel, JADED, which explores themes of consent, race, and identity. She lives in London, with her partner and their mini Aussie Shepherd.
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