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She’s rich, he’s not. They’ve known each other for four years, yet they’ve never met. She wants a party and he’s invited. Her red dress excites him and the way she dances, like something out of her ballet recital, makes him crazy. He’s wanted to kiss her since tenth grade. Women Who Wow Wednesday celebrates Jade Butterfield, the free spirited beauty from the movie Endless Love.

Gabriella Wilde as Jade Butterfield
Gabriella Wilde as Jade Butterfield

Throughout high school, she lived an invisible life. She didn’t have many friends. Her brother was the only person who cared what happened to her. When David (Alex Pettyfer) comes along, she has all she can do to resist the urge to be with him. How can a girl resist David’s interpretation of love?

“I think love comes first. At the end of the day, what’s more important than that? You know, I’ve seen it firsthand. I know what it’s like when it’s there, and know what it’s like when it’s not. That’s what I wanna find. True love. The kind that you fight for, that you always put first. That makes you wanna be good and do better. And not just with any girl. But ‘the’ girl. And when I find that, that’s all I need.”

They have two weeks together. Summer.

Jade (Gabriella Wilde) doesn’t have to put a mask on with David. She can enjoy shows, theater and dance with him. No one has ever come into her life before to make her feel so free. She’s always had someone control her life, whether it was her father or someone else. Real freedom comes to Jade being in love with David.

Jade Buterfiield
Jade Buterfiield

The realization sets in of how sheltered Jade was growing up. Her new motto becomes, “Let’s be young and dumb.” She has an awakening that sparks something in her to bring her to life.

Her father, though, believes David is not right for his daughter. He can’t accept the fact that Jade’s in love with him. He will do anything to keep her and David apart, including digging into his past for anything that he can use against his daughter’s boyfriend.

Ultimately, Jade’s father doesn’t believe David’s good enough for his daughter.

From there, things get complicated.

Love is worth fighting for. It is. Jade can’t move on without David, even if she has another guy pining for her affection. No matter what anyone says, she will always be his. No one can control what she feels, how she thinks. No one. How does she feel?

“My first love was everything all at once. The kind you never fall back from. Never try to. Never want to. A love so big, so strong, it never dies, never fades, never loses its electricity. The kind of love you fight for.”

If anything’s certain about Jade, she’s her own person and lives a full life without anyone telling her what to do.


Have you seen the movie Endless Love? What did you like about it?


Jack Flacco is an author and the founder of Looking to God Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading the Word of God through outreach programs, literature and preaching.

11 thoughts on “Jade

    1. In some scenes, yes, it is sappy. But the overall message I took away from it makes it all the more interesting to watch all the way through. Sacrifice is the big message that I appreciated grasping. You know what, though? I really love the whole “young love” message as well! It was fun, exciting, wonderful–just a great movie for a Saturday night!

    1. Yes, I did like the movie a lot! The characters are timeless, the story is classic and the look to the whole film gives it a wonderful feel to those watching it for the first time. Although the story is rather thin in places, the emotion behind it remains intense. And that’s what I ultimately brought away from it. Jade’s strong and stands on her own two feet in this story, I wouldn’t have otherwise written about her had she not made an impression on me. 🙂

      Do you like movies about young love (not a rhetorical question, lol)?

      1. Well, I guess you wouldn’t have written about it if you didn’t like it! Sometimes I like certain characters, but not the movies or books they are in. Yes, I do like these types of movies…so long as they aren’t too sappy. I tend to like edgier female characters like Kat from “10 Things I Hate About You,” but I haven’t seen this yet so I can’t judge!!

  1. As most screenwriters, playwrights, novelists will attest – most of the basic element of writing were all incorporated in the writings of Shakespeare. Boy and gal – family – love found, denied, family, etc. (Romeo & Juliet). And Shakespeare admitted many of his storylines were inspired by the Bible. Shakespeare & The Bible – regardless of religious beliefs are considered classic literature; reflecting life. Expect, the drama or melodrama was based upon a true human situation, a human equation. They were not based upon, gosh, I didn’t get your tweet. Or I accidentally erased your text, I didn’t know it was from you …. times change, eh? Annette and Frankie and silly, petty jealousy … alas, maybe times don’t change that much. Just a different cast and crew as life moves on.

    1. Brian, Shakespeare is my all-time favorite. Nothing comes close to Romeo & Juliet and Othello. The Bible is my one and only book that makes sense to me as well. There are no other works that come close. All life lessons are within those books. Treachery, romance, the root of hate and the joy of gladness–they all play a part in those books. Thank you for your thoughtful comment. I really appreciate the time you took in writing it.

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