Clean

Clean

by Amy Reed

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ISBN-13: 9781442413443
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 884,583
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amy Reed is the author of the contemporary young adult novels Beautiful, Clean, Crazy, Over You, Damaged, Invincible, Unforgivable, and The Nowhere Girls. She is also the editor of Our Stories, Our Voices. She is a feminist, mother, and quadruple Virgo who enjoys running, making lists, and wandering around the mountains of western North Carolina where she lives. You can find her online at AmyReedFiction.com.

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Clean


  • I can’t sleep, as usual.

    My third night in this strange bed and I’m still not used to it. I’m just lying here in these scratchy sheets, listening to this place’s weird version of night, where the lights are never fully turned off, where the doors are never fully closed, where there is always at least one person awake and on guard.

    Lilana is the assistant counselor with hall duty tonight. I can hear her knitting that hideous thing she calls a sweater, the click, click, click of those plastic needles. I can hear the deep, watery wheezes of a fat woman with health problems and a history of smoking whatever she could find. She’s what you think of when you think of a drug addict. Not me. Not a middle-class white girl with a nice house and still-married parents.

    It’s been ten minutes since Lilana checked on me. It’ll be five minutes until she checks on me again. All this fuss because the stupid doctor at my intake asked, “Do you ever have thoughts of hurting yourself?” Could any seventeen-year-old honestly say no?

    I wonder if the buzzing of fluorescent lightbulbs has ever given people seizures. Or if the clicking of knitting needles has ever driven someone to psychosis. Total silence would be better. Total silence I could get used to. But tonight is different. Lilana’s walkie-talkie crackles something about a late-night admit. I hear her shuffle toward my room to check on me one more time. I close my eyes as she pokes her head through my already open doorway. I can smell her signature smell, the combination of cheap perfume and sweat. Then she walks away. The beep-boop-beep of the code-locked door to the lobby, to the outside, the door we all came through. The door crashing closed. Then silence. Even the lights seem to shut up.

    It is several minutes before I hear the door open and Lilana return. There is another set of footsteps. “I can’t believe you’re not letting me have my own room,” a new voice says, a girl, with a stuck-up anger that sounds rehearsed.

    “Olivia, please keep your voice down. People are sleeping, dear,” Lilana says slowly. The way she says “dear” makes it sound like a threat.

    Another door opens and closes. I know the sound of the door to the nurse’s office. We all do. I can’t hear their voices, but I know Lilana is asking Olivia questions now, doing “the paperwork,” scribbling things down on a yellow form. She is telling her the rules, going through her bags, turning out every pocket of every sweater and pair of pants, confiscating mouthwash, breath spray, Wite-Out, facial astringent. She is watching her pee in a cup.

    I pretend to be asleep when they come into my room. I’ve been without a roommate since I got here, and I knew my solitude wouldn’t last long. Lilana turns on the overhead light and talks in that kind of fake theatrical whisper that’s probably louder than if she just talked in a normal voice. I turn over so I’m facing away from them, so I won’t be tempted to open my eyes, so they won’t see that I’m awake and then force me into some awkward introduction, with my stinky breath and pillow-creased face. I just try to breathe slowly so it sounds like I’m sleeping.

    I hear zippers unzip, drawers open and close. Lilana says, “That’s your sink. Bathroom and showers are down the hall. Wake-up’s at seven. Someone’ll be in here to get you up. That’s Kelly sleeping over there. Your roommate. Pretty girl.”

    Pretty girl. My life’s great accomplishment. I wait for Lilana to say more, but that’s all there is: pretty girl.

    There’s silence against a background of fluorescent crackling like some kind of horror movie sound effect. I imagine them staring each other down: Lilana with her always-frown and hand on her hip; this Olivia girl with her snobby attitude, probably another skinny white girl like me who Lilana could crush with her hand.

    “Do you need anything?” Lilana says, with a tone that says, You better say no.

    I hear the swish of long hair across shoulders, a head shaking no.

    “All right, then. I’m down the hall if you need me. Try to sleep off whatever you’re on. Tomorrow’s going to be the longest day of your life.”

    “I’m not on anything,” Olivia says.

    “Yeah,” Lilana says. “And I’m Miss-fucking-America.”

    “Aren’t you going to close the door?” Olivia says.

    “Not until your roommate’s off suicide watch,” Lilana tells her.

    I hear her steps diminish as she walks to her perch by the med window, right in the middle of the building where the boys’ and girls’ halls meet, where, during the evening, when the patients sleep and no doctors or real counselors are around, Lilana is queen of this place.

    I lie still, listening for something that will tell me about my new roommate. I hear clothes rustling. I hear her moving things around, faster than anyone should move at this time of night. She walks over to the permanently locked window by my bed, and I open my eyes just a little to see her profile, shadowed, with only a thin outline of nose and lips illuminated by moonlight. I cannot tell if she is pretty or ugly, if she is sad or scared or angry. Darkness makes everyone look the same.

    She turns around, and I shut my eyes tight. She gets into the twin bed between the door and mine. Neither of us moves. I try to time my breath with hers, but she is too erratic—fast, then slow, then holding her breath, like she is testing me. Lilana comes by again, looks in to make sure I haven’t killed myself. She walks away, and the new girl and I sigh at the same time. Then our breaths fall into a kind of rhythm. They seem to get louder, gaining in volume with every echo off the white walls and linoleum floor. Everything else is silence. The room is empty except for us, two strangers, close enough to touch, pretending to be sleeping.

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    Clean 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
    Aubri Hodge More than 1 year ago
    I absolutely love this book. It's addicting...lol.
    Julie Kamran More than 1 year ago
    This is an absolutely great book and i would recommend it to any troubled teen with drug problems. I am one of those teens & after reading this book it helped me realize that i can change because i have the ability to and i deserve to . My family does not deserve all of the hurt i have caused for them as wel and this book made me realize that. Thank you Amy Reed. DESTINEE
    StalkinTheBooks More than 1 year ago
    Clean is a hard hitting contemporary novel that deals with the struggles of a group of teens in recovery. It's not a happy book by any means, but it is a hopeful one. At the start of the novel you are introduced to all 5 main characters very quickly. Its a bit confusing at first trying to figure out who is who, but that doesn't last long due to each characters distinct voice. There's Kelly (the popular, party girl), Olivia (the new, rich girl), Christopher (the quite, weird boy), Eva (the rude, punk girl) and Jason (the loud, pretty boy). Most of the novel is told from Christopher and Kelly's POV, which is both a blessing and a curse since you get to know these two characters very well but also get a limited view of Eva, Jason and Olivia. I really enjoyed Eva's characters the most because I really felt all her sadness and vulnerability hiding beneath all her anger. However, I think everyone will be able to identify with at least one of the characters since they're all so vastly different. Even if you can't relate to the substance or recovery issue, all of these teens have gone through a personal crises that have lead them down the road to addiction. Clean is a very quick read due to the stories short time frame and essay like structure. Plus with the intense subject matter its nearly impossible to put down. I found the various different storytelling devices (narrative, dialogue, essay, questionnaire & group sessions) to be a really unique way to get to know all the characters. It also helped to create a more secluded and intensely emotional atmosphere within the rehab center forcing the 5 teens into relying and confiding in each other, something which they all are hesitate to do. I really appreciated author Amy Reed's ability to create a gritty emotional journey into the lives of these teen addicts. There is nothing glamorous about what these characters have gone or are going through. I also appreciated the honest, unapologetic and often brutal language and interaction between the teens. Was it hard to read sometimes? Yes. Was it always necessary? I think so, because I needed to feel that all 5 of these teens had hit rock bottom, which I did. That if they didn't get their lives together they were all going to end up dead or in jail. Towards the end of the novel we get a glimpse into how far these characters have come, but also how far they still have to go. I love the hopefulness of it because in my opinion, that's what this novel is about. That no matter what you've done to yourself or to others, things can always get better and their is always hope. Clean is not a book everyone is going to enjoy as there's sex, drugs, drinking, and foul language throughout. With that being said, I think that its an important novel that deals with a very delicate subject matter in a mature, realistic and hopeful way. I would definitely recommend Clean to older teens or adults who enjoy contemporary novels dealing with social and family issues.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    No matter your opinion on the contraversial material, this book will open your eyes and change your world forever.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Makes you realize how important a life really is... beautiful storie!!
    BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    Clean is a powerful book about teens in a rehab center. It focuses on 5 different teens, two boys and three girls. I think that it's amazing how Amy wove their tales together, how they interacted with each other, but most distinctly, I really was impressed at how she was able to give them each a unique voice. They all had different things that led them to drugs or alcohol, but I love how they are able to band together, forgetting those differences and seeing each other as real people with real needs, and forming a friendship and a road to recovery. I also liked Shelly the councelor, I hope that there are people like that for every recovery group. She seemed to know what each needed and pushed them to participate, share, and what is appropriate at what time for them. She told it like it was without sugarcoating, and I like that aspect. Sometimes things are skimmed over because it's YA, but this is a raw and powerful book. I definitely recommend that you pick this up and give it a try. It moved me and I think given a chance it will speak to everyone who reads it. I was able to see pieces of myself in the characters and it made me so thankful that I've never been down that road, but it gave me glimpse of what that road could look like.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This book really changed my life. It made me realize that I'm on my way there. Because of this I have becomea better person and I am recovering on my own from depression. It also made me realize that there are people with problems a lot worse than mine. I read this book in one day and plan to read it again. Amy Reed has become one of my favorite authors. I really hope she continues writing and changing lives. I have made it my life goal to really change, and improve, someome's life. I want to make a differance. Thank you, Amy Reed, for making a differance in mine. If you're on he fence about this book, buy it. It is worth so much more than $9.99. I really think it saved my life and allowed me to have a future.
    TheReaderSophia More than 1 year ago
    A must read! I felt like I was qatching them and yet I was right there with them! I loved this book.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I couldnt stop reading! The pages had so much expresion and i read it in a matter of days
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It made me think. I loved every page!
    dsolter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    What¿s cool about CLEAN by Amy Reed is that, it¿s this awesome mix of BREAKFAST CLUB meets ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO¿S NEST. But instead of getting screwed by the system, the patients are getting help for a change. The book follows five teens as they battle their inner demons on their road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction inside a rehab center. Yet, not all their demons exist on the inside, some are on the outside and live under the same roof. Every character¿s story is gripping and sometimes heartbreaking. This book doesn¿t hold any punches in its execution. This stuff is real and the book makes it feel real. The plotting is fantastic and creative and the narrative voice of each character is distinct. Yet, the book does not suffer from POV overload. Two central characters are featured and their observations of the other teens keeps this story focused and gives the book its strength. Great read.
    myheartheartsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Clean by Amy ReedI¿m not going to lie, I was reluctant to read this novel. Not because I thought it wasn¿t interesting, but because it¿s not usually my genre of books. My typical types of books are usually are chick-lit, or any books that have a great romantic backdrop. I can tell you immediately that this book is not that, but you know what? I still loved it anyway.The premise of the novel is about five teens: Kelly, Olivia, Eva, Christopher, and Jason - who all come from different backgrounds and all have different stories but are tied by the fact that they are all addicts in rehab struggling to beat their addiction.Reed deals with their addicts and their struggle in an uniquely realistic and believable way. You sympathize for each teen, even when you think they are complete assholes. It will get to the point that you forget that this is pure fiction, and not real teens actually dealing with real problems. Except,¿ for however long it takes for you to read this book, they are, they truly are, and you¿ll have to keep reminding yourself of that they aren¿t.It¿s a good read and you won¿t regret reading it.ARC Provided by Simon & Schusters Galley Grab
    YABliss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Clean is somewhat different to every other substance-abuse book I've read. I must admit I love and deeply enjoy reading about this subject though. But every other book I've read about it is either a before rehab part of it (Ballads of Suburbia) or somewhat of a love story inside rehab. This was very different though. It is told from two main povs but includes essays, group dialogue during sessions and questionnaire. It tells the recovery story of five troubled and very different teenagers and their process to overcome addiction and other issues.I feel like I went to rehab and intimately explored one of the places I strongly hope I never visit in real life. It was very eye-opening and entertaining. It's also extremely gripping because it is short and formats keep changing and the subject is so dark you just cant stop reading. The content is all very dark and not at all sugar-coated, so some readers may find it hard to digest.All the characters felt very real and I extremely liked Eva because she was so straight-forward and had a wonderful story-telling ability. It was very original how she wrote her story. But I found Jason a bit hard to swallow. Like, the poor boy had absolutely nothing good going on for him, and the only time he had deep scenes I felt they benefited the other character. The other four teens had something to hang on to, something positive that made them lucky in some way. But Jason was just... all screwed up. Which was weird.Overall, I really enjoyed reading this and I'm eager to read more form Amy because I really appreciate author who are not afraid to write about hard issues bluntly.
    l_manning on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Clean is the story of 5 teens in rehab. Each of them had different lives and upbringings, and each of them had a different drug of choice. They all shared addiction and the need to get help, so now they are all in the same rehab center. This book follows all 5 of them through various stages of recovery. Even though they come from very different backgrounds and lifestyles, they seem to bond over their shared problems. As you can imagine, a book about teens in rehab is rather hard to read. I had a particularly hard time figuring out why some of them turned to drugs. The language was often harsh, but it was realistic to the setting. I felt the most sympathy for Olivia, whose problems truly seemed to be caused in large part by the actions of others. I was glad to see that they were all forced to take responsibility for their actions. Their group councilor was awesome. We could all used someone like her around to help us see things clearer.Just like in real life, the end wasn't cut and dry. I worried that some of the characters may never get past their issues. However, there were a lot of really good things said in this book. I think this book can really facilitate some important discussions about how we react to things, what healthy ways to cope are, and how to recognize when people have a problem. There is also great hope that people can change and get better. That's something we could all stand to understand a little better.Galley provided by publisher for review.
    jonilee73 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    I have read a lot of books about addiction and rehab facilities and this has to be one of my favorites. I really liked the structure of it, how you got the perspective of all of the characters, not just the main one. The book revolves around five teens in a drug and alcohol rehab center located near Seattle. There is Kelly the coke addict and alcoholic, Christopher the meth addict, Eva the painkiller and weed addict, Jason who is strictly an alcoholic, and then Olivia, the new girl, who is addicted to diet pills but also has some very serious other problems that brings all the characters together to try to help her. I loved seeing the characters transform and having their stories laid out in the form of chapters separated as either Group sessions, Personal Essays and a Drug and Alcohol History Questionnaire. Kelly and Christopher also have their own chapters told in their points of view as well. So there is a chance to get to know each of the characters. As you read the chapters, especially the personal essays the reasons behind their addictions become clearer. It was almost like being a detective, trying to find what they were trying to run from in their lives that made them turn to the substances that landed them in this place. I think this book will open the eyes of teens who may have problems with drugs. It really goes into what the difference is between being a ¿Normie¿ who can drink one drink and take one hit and be done and an addict who needs their substance of choice daily. It can help people who know or are friends with addicts to understand what they are going through. A true to life look at teen addiction. A great read.
    nlsobon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Every now and then there is a book that pulls you in from the very first page with no intention of letting you go. ¿Clean¿ is that book for me. What¿s so fantastic about ¿Clean¿ is that it¿s real, it¿s raw ¿ it doesn¿t shy away from anything. ¿Clean¿ tells the stories of Kelly, Olivia, Eva, Christopher, and Jason during their stay in rehab. Each of their stories is different, but all so important. Reading ¿Clean¿ took me back to high-school. I remember what it felt like to be broken and how it took everything to recover from that feeling. To me, ¿Clean¿ should be a recommended book for all teenagers. Yes, the story is told in a rehab center. Yes, the characters have addictions. But the story is also much more. It¿s a story of self discovery, of finding the voice within one¿s self. I enjoyed every bit of this book and I¿d highly recommend it.
    Krissy724 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Clean is the story of five teens ¿ Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason and Eva, who are all in the same support group in rehab. The story is told in the POV of Kelly and Christopher, but through their narrative, group transcripts, and personal essays within the story, the reader learns why all five of them are there. We learn what drove each of them to drink or do drugs in the first place. Each story truly is heart breaking.The characters were fleshed out in such an amazing way that I felt for each of them. I understood why they made the choices they did. I loved how the five of them were there for each other. They were supportive in group and outside of it. They needed each other more then any of them realized. Amy Reed did a fantastic job weaving their stories together.Clean is a fast, but powerful read. Clean should be one of those books that is required for summer reading in high school. It isn¿t a book about drugs. It is about the affect of drugs, and knowing that you might feel alone, but you aren¿t. There are people experiencing the same things you are and there is help if you want it. I would definitely recommend this book to my middle school and high school students!
    ShaEliPar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Clean is a hard hitting contemporary novel that deals with the struggles of a group of teens in recovery. It's not a happy book by any means, but it is a hopeful one.At the start of the novel you are introduced to all 5 main characters very quickly. Its a bit confusing at first trying to figure out who is who, but that doesn't last long due to each characters distant voice. There's Kelly (the popular, party girl), Olivia (the new, rich girl), Christopher (the quite, weird boy), Eva (the rude, punk girl) and Jason (the loud, pretty boy). Most of the novel is told from Christopher and Kelly's POV, which is both a blessing and a curse since you get to know these two characters very well but also get a limited view of Eva, Jason and Olivia.I really enjoyed Eva's character the most because I really felt all her sadness and vulnerability hiding beneath all that anger. However, I think everyone will be able to identify with at least one of the characters since they're all so vastly different. Even if you can't relate to the substance or recovery issue, all of these teens have gone through a personal crises that have lead them down the road to addiction.Clean is a very quick read due to the stories short time frame and essay like structure. Plus with the intense subject matter its nearly impossible to put down. I found the various different storytelling devices (narrative, dialogue, essay, questionnaire & group sessions) to be a really unique way to get to know all the characters. It also helped to create a more secluded and intensely emotional atmosphere within the rehab center forcing the 5 teens into relying and confiding in each other, something which they all are hesitate to do.I really appreciated author Amy Reed's ability to create a gritty emotional journey into the lives of these teen addicts. There is nothing glamorous about what these characters have gone or are going through. I also appreciated the honest, unapologetic and often brutal language and interaction between the teens. Was it hard to read sometimes? Yes. Was it always necessary? I think so, because I needed to feel that all 5 of these teens had hit rock bottom, which I did. That if they didn't get their lives together they were all going to end up dead or in jail.Towards the end of the novel we get a glimpse into how far these characters have come, but also how far they still have to go. I love the hopefulness of it because in my opinion, that's what this novel is about. That no matter what you've done to yourself or to others, things can always get better and their is always hope.Clean is not a book everyone is going to enjoy as there's sex, drugs, drinking, and foul language throughout, but with that being said, I think that its an important novel that deals with a very delicate subject matter in a mature, realistic and hopeful way. I would definitely recommend Clean to older teens or adults who enjoy contemporary novels dealing with social and family issues.
    booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    Meet Kelly, Olivia, Christopher, Jason and Eva. All of them are teens with promising futures. All of them are addicts.These five kids all come from different backgrounds and they all have different addictions. They¿re being forced to reevaluate themselves in a suburban rehab center for teens. Some of them want to change, while some of them still won¿t admit they have a problem. They¿re all going to have to work together as a group to find themselves again, and put themselves on the road to recovery.Amy Reed has written an amazing, gut-punch of a novel filled with raw emotion. I haven¿t met characters so real since I read Ordinary Beauty. The author doesn¿t hold back. The language is raw, the emotions are heavy and the situations these kids have put themselves in are not pretty. At the same time, there is a light at the end of this deep, dark tunnel. These five kids, so unalike in the beginning learn to love and respect one another as they face the cold, hard realities of what they¿ve done to their lives and how it has affected others.I opened the ARC of this one just to read the first page or two to get a feel for it, and I didn¿t stop reading. I didn¿t put my nook down until I had finished the book. I was completely lost in the story. The writing style is very unique. It¿s told through a series of essays, group sessions and first-person narratives. I was completely engaged. I laughed at some parts and cried in others. I felt every emotion possible. The most heart-wrenching scenes in the book had to be when the parents came to rehab for group sessions with their kids. I was cheering for every single one of these kids by the end of the book. I can not recommend this one enough. Though the story does deal with some heavy subjects and the author doesn¿t hold back in her descriptions, I think this book should be read by teens and parents, especially those who use, have ever considered using or have friends who use drugs. (Review based on an advanced readers copy courtesy of the publisher via Simon & Schuster GalleyGrab)
    laurakatewriting on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    There are books that make you say ¿wow¿, but then there are books that make you stop, think, and then respond with ¿wow¿. If you¿re wondering which category Clean falls into; it¿s the latter.If there¿s one thing I hate about reviewing books, it is reviewing books that I love. In fact, sometimes I fear the moment I will finish reading a book I¿m enjoying because I know what comes next: the review. ¿Do I have to do it?¿ I¿ll silently moan to myself, ¿Must I really flesh out my love for this book and then analyse it in a way that is so mentally depreciating?¿ Well, to be honest, I¿ve never actually done that. I¿ve made some sarcastic joke or prattled on about how I am too flabbergasted to tell said sarcastic joke, like now. The truth is, I can¿t strip a book down to its binding and then try to piece it back together with judicious words that will never do it justice. So I won¿t. Instead, I may just stop blabbering about myself and get to the point. Clean, in all its shocking glory, is the kind of book that sneaks up on you, slaps you across the face, and says, ¿I¿m here and I¿m fabulous.¿ I honestly don¿t know what compelled me to download this from Galley Grab. I¿d never heard of it or Amy Reed before that day. Despite the contrasting imagery, the cover isn¿t very eye-catching. The title is pretty simple, too. So I wondered why this book I knew absolutely nothing about interested me. It didn¿t take long to find out though: I was sold on the first word.Reed¿s prose isn¿t the kind that runs up to scream in your face, begging for attention. It fits in with the theme of the book: unexpectedly beautiful. It¿s also delivered in such a tricky way, with multiple narrators. This is so easy to mess up. Sometimes the writer won¿t properly make that transition from character-to-character, but Reed balances it perfectly. She captures each personality with utter elegance and insight. I¿m so jealous.While this is a superb read, I must warn you that this book contains some very strong themes. It is not just the subject of drugs and alcohol, but there is also a scene where rape is attempted and some very graphical sexual references. This is not your `light-hearted-weekend-read¿.Clean will both surprise and enthral you. You will sympathize and connect with each character and their situation, and will be hoping for their happy ending. It will change your thoughts on teenagers and their relationship with drugs. Upon finishing, you will have fallen so deeply in love that you¿ll be running to your computer to pre-order Crazy. Yeah, just a bit of shameless promotion.
    TheRandomGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
    How can I put into words how much I fell in love with this book? But that's the point isn't it? To say how much we liked, disliked, love, hated it? Well I loved it, if you couldn't already tell.I'll admit, I was a bit hesitant about whether I was going to pick this book up or not. I'd glad I picked it up, though. Because like all those drug recovery stories out there, this served as a real eye opener. That was the big thing--having other kids get a glimpse at what life as a teen addict is. Beneath that layer of toughness and I-couldn't-care-less look, there is a BIG layer of hurt underneath. Shocker right? I know that most people probably already know that, but really it's true. I'm not kidding. And you can't imagine how many times I was on the edge of bawling my eyes out.As for the writing, starting off I was a little confused and unused to Amy Reed's way of writing. But I think, less than halfway through the book, I was in awe by it. As in, open-mouthed, teary-eyed, awe. Christopher and Eva are the characters whose Point Of View I loved to read from. Christopher because of his personality and just who he is, and Eva because the way Amy Reed writes in her POV is just beautiful poetry. And what I enjoyed the most was just how Amy Reed decided to write her book--the Group conversations, individual and alternating personal essays, the drug questionaries, etc--contributed to the success of the book.The characters, probably had to be my favorite part. I can't specifically pick my absolute favorite, but I can say that I found in each, something I favor the most. Olivia, Jason, Kelly, Christopher, and Eva, seemed oh-so real. And I couldn't stop myself from wanting to know more about them, and just strip off all the layers of mysterious and secrets. I have to commend and applaud Amy Reed for her characters. They're extraordinary, and I know that there are teens who can relate to them too.So I loved Clean. It's the cold, raw, truth, and how it gives hope to the readers--whether they're in the same situation or not. This book can actually open the eyes of other teens and spread awareness. Don't you think that we're lucky to be able to read things like this? To know what to do and what not? Clean will probably remain a favorite of mine until another book can manage to top it off.
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Enjoyed this book, and i think the young adults that are battling w/ addiction or have experienced addiction will enjoy it as well
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    So I've read beautiful and clean loved them both my aunt startef me offon this and then I got hooked I can relate to these books in some of the strangest ways I'm a teen and no one really understands but didn't they feel the same way once so why don't they just put forth an effort for us l?
    MeganAshley More than 1 year ago
    I loved how the book is in different points of view. It made it much more interesting. I also love how the chapters are different because sometimes they focus on just one of the five patients, the group session, their personal essay, or the questionnaire. Christopher was my favorite character, but at times I felt like she forced his story to drag on just so she could wait until the end to expose everything that he did. It was predictable, so to have to wait that long to hear everything, when we already knew everyone else's complete secrets, was pretty disappointing. My favorite story though was Jason's. I felt for him the entire time. For the most part, they were all teenagers I've read before. I read a lot of books like this one, so at some parts I felt like I was just rereading a different book I've read before, which was also disappointing. Despite that, overall I liked the book and would definitely recommend it.