JADED made me laugh, cry and really bloody furious’ Stacey Halls, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars

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

Jade has become everything she ever wanted to be.

Successful lawyer. Dutiful daughter. Beloved girlfriend. Loyal friend.

Until one night after a work event when something terrible happens to her, she starts to wonder if she really wanted to be the person she’s become.

She’s learned to laugh when she’s felt like crying, opted to be invisible when she wanted to speak up, and adapted her identity to please whoever she's spending time with.

As she tries to confront what happened, Jade finds she has a choice to make but the question is, which is the right one?

This searing novel explores the strength we find in female friendship, the hope that lights up the dark moments, and recovery that’s far from linear. JADED will leave you asking yourself: what would you have done in Jade’s situation?

'This raw, dark novel explores racism, class & sexism & you'll want to savour every word on every page' Refinery 29

'JADED is a thoughtful, hard-hitting exploration of race, identity, and the rippling effects of sexual assault. Ela Lee writes with an urgency and clarity that will have you hooked until the last page.' Cecile Pin, Women's Prize longlisted author of Wandering Souls


'A raw, compulsive and nuanced novel' i newspaper

'One of 2024's hottest reads' Sunday Times

Content warning: this novel features themes of sexual assault and violence.


  • 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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