Clean is the best 2018 YA release yet
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?
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.