Saturday, June 23

Review: Clean

Juno Dawson

Published By: Quercus
Publication Date: April 5, 2018
Date Read: May 28, 2018
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 399

From Goodreads:
I can feel it swimming through my veins like glitter ... it's liquid gold.

When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses, she thinks she's hit rock bottom.

She's wrong. Rock bottom is when she's forced into an exclusive rehab facility.

From there, the only way is up for Lexi and her fellow inmates, including the mysterious Brady.

As she faces her demons, Lexi realises love is the most powerful drug of all ...

It's a dirty business getting clean ...

Clean was a book that I'd heard a lot about but just hadn't got around to reading. I have so much love and respect for Juno Dawson. I mean, she's amazing. But... I'd never actually read any of her books. I know, I know... where the hell have I been? Well, I am so glad that Clean was my first Juno Dawson book as it was just stunning, moving and beautiful.

Clean follows the story of Lexi. She is seventeen, rich, beautiful... and a heroin addict. As Lexi's brother carts her off to a luxury rehabilitation centre Lexi has to come to grips with the fact that she may have a major problem. But can she beat her addiction when she doesn't truly think she has a problem?

Honestly, I kind of struggled with the beginning of the book. Right at the start Lexi is horrible. She's been completely taken over by the drugs that she's been taking. As someone who has never suffered from an addiction or really been around anyone who takes drugs or anything like that this was a totally foreign concept to me and due to that I really struggles to find Lexi relatable. I wasn't entirely sure what I thought about the book to start but once I got past the first 50 pages or so, when Lexi started getting into her therapy, I started loving this book and I found it very difficult to put down.

Juno Dawson is such an incredibly talented author. Her writing style is beautiful and so easy to read. She really doesn't shy away from writing about hard topics completely raw and real and true and I adored that. She wrote this book perfectly and although there was a few instances of the characters using swear words that I really don't like hearing or seeing usually, it didn't bother me in Clean as it fit the story and the character. It was used for a purpose.

Clean is such a beautiful, moving and touching story. Although it is first and foremost about addiction, it's also about having the right kind of people around you and letting go of the toxic people who are ruining your life. It's about having the strength and love for yourself to move on and do what is best for you. It's e beautifully empowering novel and I loved it. I will definitely be looking out for more of Juno's books in the future.

"You seem quite adept at pain and hate. We have to teach you how to love. And you need to start with learning to love yourself."

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