I met Juno Dawson at YALC last year and I was instantly a fan. I bought two of her books right there and then, and I was excited for her latest release, Clean. I’ve just finished the book in about 3 days flat and my god, what a good book!!
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…
I’ve been waiting for the book that will pull me out of my reading slump that I seem to have been in for this entire year, and I think — I don’t want to be confident — but I think this one has done it…
Clean by Juno Dawson:
Clean is the story of Lexi Volkov, the 17-year-old daughter of an international hotel chain owner. After falling in (what she thinks is) love with her drug dealer Kurt, she tumbles down into what feels like an inescapable drug problem.
When her older brother Nik decides to intervene, Lexi finds herself in the place she never thought she’d see: rehab. The rest of the book follows her 70-day, 10-step recovery process at the Clarity Centre, a rehabilitation centre for the rich and famous, situated on its own picturesque island. For party girl socialite Lexi, it’s hell.
I really loved getting to know all of the different characters that Lexi stays with at the Clarity Centre. It was so interesting to read about all of the reasons for their rehab attendance, from sex and drug addictions to OCD and eating disorders. All of the characters were completely unique and explored in so much detail. Sometimes, when a book has a lot of characters that are central to the story I forget some of them, but with this one, I can remember every single person in detail.
Clean really does bring the light the struggles that people go through when battling addictions and disorders. The book is filled with sadness, pain, happiness and so much hope that these characters you grow to love will make it through.
It’s clear to see that Juno has done her research, because everything is completely believable. I don’t know very much about how the rehab process works, and as someone who has never even been drunk (OK, call me boring) I wouldn’t begin to imagine how it must feel to have to overcome an addiction. But the writing in Clean makes it so easy to imagine, and although the characters are so far from being relatable (I’m definitely not a super rich socialite daughter of a hotel chain owner), you still feel for them and wish for them to succeed every step of the way.
I loved this book, and it’s definitely one of those that I think everybody should read. If you love a book that will make you appreciate the small things in life and make you realise how important your life is to those around you, read Clean. Grab a copy from the library, or next time you go shopping — just whenever you get a chance, please read this book!