Saturday, April 18, 2015

Clean by Amy Reed

Clean by Amy Reed
Published: May 08, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis: 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.


Amazing. I loved it. Clean is a book about five teenagers who are drug addicts.

Olivia: a girl who has eating disorder in addition to drug addiction. She wants to be a child her mother wants her to be—which is perfect. To try to make her mom happy, she starts to take pills her mother gave her so she can lose weight. I felt bad for Olivia and there are parents who want their kids to be perfect in everything. That is impossible.

Kelly: an older child and when the little ones come along, she was forgotten. So, to fill the hole of being alone, she started to hang out with the wrong crowd. I’m really surprised that her parents didn’t pick up on any signs she was unhappy and that she uses drug until she did something big.

Eva: I believe she is one of the girls I really felt sorry for. She lost her mother and her father stopped paying attention to her. As Kelly, she wanted to feel wanted so she joined the wrong group of people. But what I learned from Olivia and her father was that people have different way of grieving. Eva wanted her father to be there for her, to grieve her mom with her but her father wanted the opposite—he wanted to grieve alone.

Christopher: the geek guy who wanted to fit in. He finally made friend but his friend ended up being the wrong one. There are people who are just like Christopher in real life.

Jason: the tough guy. Even though he doesn’t seem to care about other things, he is a sweetheart. His story is the worst: his father didn’t give a crap about his own son, he even provides him alcohols and he was an abusive father. Jason’s part of the story shows the consequence of using drug and the results will surprise you when you read this book.

I found this book really interesting and I thought this book related to teens well (whether drug addicts or not). The one quality that makes this book interesting is that the five teenagers are from different social group/cliques. I liked that the book is an example of the fact that drug doesn’t choose its victims. This book covers some tough topics: the difficulty of communication, family challenges and altogether being a teenager. It gave me much more insight on a lot of issues teens go through. If you or anyone you know dealt with addiction on any level, you will feel for these teenagers.

                    Rating: 5/5 ( Recommend it; so buy it, devour it, love it!)

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