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Clean by Amy Reed
Published by Simon Pulse
Pages: 288
Ages: Young Adult
Publishers Summmary:

You’re probably wondering how I ended up here. I’m still wondering the same thing.

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. And they certainly don’t want to share their darkest secrets and most desperate fears with a room of strangers. 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.

Teens experience quiet a few “firsts”, from jobs to cars and potential loves. It’s not often a person’s first time in rehab happens during their teens, but for Olivia, Kelly Chris, Jason and Eva rehab is a part of their teenage experience. Each suffering various forms of addiction and each in need of the other, though they may not know it yet. During their time together in rehab they’ll learn to overcome not only their addictions, but their aversion to the others who will become their greatest source of strength.

Amy Reed is known for writing about gritty tough situations that perhaps not every teen will encounter, but with an insight that many will be able to relate to. Clean was told from the viewpoints of five very different characters, each suffering from a different addiction including anything from eating disorders to alcohol or drug abuse. At first it took quite a bit to get used to the alternating viewpoints, but once I settled into my reading I was able to really appreciate how each voice worked with the others to create a gripping read. Though reading about kids recovering from these types of addictions wouldn’t normally be my cup of tea, I found myself completely absorbed in their stories and hoping they’d each make it out okay.

What was most appealing to me about this story, besides being something I’d never read about before, was what happened to the characters throughout the course of the story. Each one of them came from somewhere that they felt was their last stopping point and that they had nowhere to go, because of that they turned to their various addictions as comforts in the absence of what they lacked. How many of us do this to a certain degree? I would wager that most of us have varying addictions, even if only a few of us need professional help to overcome them. Through their journey in the book each of the characters discovered that first of all they hadn’t reached the end of their personal stories and secondly, they could find hope in the companionship & support of the others in their same situation. That’s where the story comes to life and where it shows readers the potential in their own personal journeys, no matter the ease or severity of their situation.

Clean is more than a story about five washed up teens struggling through their own version of rehab. It’s a story about self-awareness, confidence, strength, friendship and most of all hope. Amy Reed has shared yet another gritty and raw read that will have readers contemplating their own sources of strength and hope. Be aware, it’s realistic fiction and it’s obviously set in a rehab clinic filled with less than savory characters which may be uncomfortable for some to read about. Honestly, there were a couple of scenes that turned my stomach a bit, but nonetheless had me thinking this would be a great book for discussion with teens from all walks of life. Find hope in a place you might not normally go looking, in the hearts and souls of the five teens in Clean by Amy Reed.

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 16 and up. Gritty and moving, Clean is a story for mature teens. This is a story about the power to overcome and that no one can do it alone.

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6 Responses to Book Review: Clean by Amy Reed

  1. I read Perfect by Amy Reed and really did not enjoy it. I’m not sure that I’ll be picking this one up, but I do appreciate your review!

  2. Oh wait. I think it was Beautiful by Amy Reed, not perfect. Darn no editing of comments!

  3. great review and adding it to my reading pile.

  4. Sounds deep. Great review sweetie.

    Side note: Are you back? How was your trip?

  5. Suzan says:

    Books are my constant companions. I am glad that I stumbled on your post. I love stories about hope and about people who never seem to give up. I will definitely grab a copy of Reed’s Clean in our local book shop. Thanks for the book review!

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