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Author:Amy Reed
pages: 288
publication date: May 8 2011

Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves. None of them wants to be there. None of them wants to confront the truths about their pasts. But they’ll all have to deal with themselves and one another if they want to learn how to live. Because when you get that high, there’s nowhere to go but down, down, down.

I didn’t know what to expect going into this novel. I knew it was a heavy novel focuses on a subject that you don’t hear about too much in the YA genre, I usually don’t read much about teenagers who are addicted to drugs or alcohol.

I went into this book not expecting, not expecting to like it as much as I thought I would.

Clean is about 5 teens that have a problem, whether it’s a drug addiction, an alcohol problem or an eating disorder these 5 teens each are addicted to one of those things. That’s why there in the rehab system, wasting a month away trying to get clean and stay away from their problems.

The writing of this book is very original, it switches from each of their perspectives, in the form of discussions in there group or group assignments and sometimes just telling a story.

I became so captured into these teen’s lives I forgot about everything else until I finished it. It was addictive reading about their sadness and the way they felt, and then reading about them growing up and growing into their characters, each of the 5 teens are as different as night and day but they grow together as a group, helping each other out, even though it didn’t seem like it at the time.

When they just started in the rehab program they had one thing on their mind. How to get the next fix and counting down the days till they were able to leave, by the end they were almost all different people. They understood each other and they learned to work together. There were some ups and downs but in the end it seemed like they got the purpose of why they were there and why they needed to get better.

This book isn’t for everybody, but I definitely recommend reading it. You won’t be disappointed. It is a heavy read but a really good story.

4/5 stars


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