Clean By Juno Dawson Is About To Be Your New Fave

Clean by Juno Dawson

Clean is the best 2018 YA release yet

Book: Clean
Author: Juno Dawson
Publisher: Hachette Children’s Group (Quercus Children’s Books)
Release date:
5th April 2018

Okay wow. If I sound a little sleep deprived it’s because I stayed up all night reading the fantastic Clean by Juno Dawson and let’s just say it was 100% worth it.

I have SO much love for this book. It’s gritty, raw and full of important lessons about addiction. Dare I say, it’s even made it’s way into my top 10 favourite YA books ever. Yep. EVER.

So what’s the book about?

She slumps unto the armchair. How’s Gossip Girl, Interrupted going?’ she asks.
I snigger. That about sums us up. Man, I miss Gossip Girl.

Clean is a essentially a mix of Girl, Interrupted and Gossip Girl.

The story focuses on Lexi Volkov – a seventeen-year-old, billionaire socialite who spends the majority of her time partying and taking drugs. Lexi hits rock bottom when she almost overdoses on heroine after a Fashion Week Party and is thrown into an exclusive rehab facility on a remote island by her older brother.

At Clarity Centre, Lexi is forced to open up about her traumatic childhood and turmoil relationships – all whilst building friendships with her new inmates and the mysterious Brady.

What did I think of it?

As you’ve probably most definitely guessed by now, I adore this book. I’m a fan of both Gossip Girl and Girl, Interrupted, so was slightly skeptical going into the book but Juno’s created something that’s truly beautiful. The story’s well thought out, incredibly complex and doesn’t try to glamourise addiction or mental health issues in any way.

The book does come with multiple trigger warnings. It doesn’t shy away from discussing things such as drug, alcohol and sex addiction. It also explores eating-disorders and features relapse scenes that some readers may find troublesome. I’d also proceed with caution if you’re not a big fan of dark humour or profanities such as the c-word.

That said, Lexi is a character you quickly learn to love. At the start of the novel, she’s not the most likeable person in the world. In fact, she’s sort of a brat. However, as the story processes, you quickly develop a kind of kinship with her. She becomes more relatable and has a newfound depth that you’ll find admirable.

As for the other patients at the Clarity Centre, Brady, Kendall, Guy and Ruby all have their own unique storylines that are as equally compelling. Kendall, in particular, is brilliant. She’s an incredibly witty and you’ll basically wanna be her BFF. After all, who else would be willing to create a periodic table of Basic. Man buns? Yeah, no thanks. Sort it out Brady.

All-in-all Clean is a fantastic book. It dishes up all the important life lessons you want from a YA read but also provides heaps of dark humour and complex characters you’ll learn to love.

Who should read it?

Everyone. You can order a copy of Clean from Amazon by clicking here.


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Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Please note that this post contains affiliate links.


  1. Komal
    March 28, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    I am down for this book! Huge gossip girl fan.

  2. March 29, 2018 / 2:53 pm

    I love Girl Interrupted and Gossip Girl so I think this is a must read for me! Added it to my reading list!

  3. March 29, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    This so sounds like a book I must read . I was looking for something just like this .It’s been a while since I read something. Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. March 29, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    Ohhh this is interesting. Too bad I don’t have time to read anymore. I am missing out on a lot of reading materials already. huhu Maybe in a year or two, I can settle already.

  5. March 29, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Well this sounds like something that should also be on TV! Wow! I definitely want to read this! I like Girl Interrupted and of course Gossip Girl too. The socialite life is always so interesting.

  6. March 30, 2018 / 8:03 am

    You had me at YA! Idk why but I’m a sucker for these kind of books. I’ll definitely be adding it to my list.

  7. March 30, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    As a YA librarian I am definitely interested in stories like this. I am going to have to check this book out and see what I think. It sounds like people in my library would enjoy it.

  8. March 30, 2018 / 7:58 pm

    I’m always looking for good books to add to my home library ; ) I’ll have to check this one out, sounds like a good read!

  9. March 30, 2018 / 11:24 pm

    I’m not a big fan of Gossip Girl but I can’t say no to a book and this one looks cool! And it’s not so expensive so I will put it on my list! Thank you for the review!

  10. March 31, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Sounds like a great read! I’m not a big reader of such but this sounds interesting enough even for me

  11. April 1, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    I love nothing more than a good tasty book, and this sounds like a treat. Plus I love Girl, Interrupted.

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