Clean by Juno Dawson – Book Review

Clean by Juno Dawson – Book Review

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!!

I met Juno Dawson at YALC last year and I was instantly a fan. I bought two of her books and I was already excited for her new book, Clean. And I loved it!!

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:
My Thoughts

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!

Have you read Clean, or anything else by Juno Dawson? Let me know your thoughts!

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Love, Simon – A Perfect Adaptation of a Wonderful Book

Love, Simon – A Perfect Adaptation of a Wonderful Book

In the past couple of years, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli has been HUGE in the book blogging community. People have been loving it, and for good reason! It’s full of great LGBT rep, and perfect characters that you can’t help but love. You can read my review of the book here.

Love Simon film review

I finally read this book this year when I found out that the film adaptation, called Love, Simon, was being released. I’m glad I read it first because it made me SO excited to go and see the film! Here’s what I thought…

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Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.


🎬 UK Release: 6th April 2018
🎬 Director: Greg Berlanti
🎬 Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg, Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale

Love, Simon: My Thoughts

I’ll cut straight to the chase: Love, Simon was SO GOOD and SO close to the book!! I think it helped that the author had a lot of input (I think). I absolutely loved the cast – every character was cast perfectly. Some of them might not have been how I imagined them, but every single one of them was captured perfectly (so much that I forgot how I imagined them in the first place). Simon’s parents were perfect too, and I loved the dynamic of his family.

The way they did the Blue mystery was great, with all of the ‘suspects’ taking turns to be in Blue’s place so we were teased into believing that each person was Blue. The whole thing is a bit less mysterious in the film and I thought it was fairly obvious who it was early on (maybe because I already knew). However, I feel like it’s a lot easier to be more mysterious in a book, so this didn’t bother me one bit.

There were a couple of things they were different from the book, but I didn’t mind these at all because they were all pretty insignificant. For example, book Simon has 2 sisters, but in the film he has 1; in the book, Leah plays drums in a concert, but doesn’t in the film; etc. The only thing that niggled me a bit (okay, maybe a lot) was the fact that (warning – spoilers) in the film, Leah suddenly told Simon that she was in love with him. That doesn’t happen in the book, does it?!! I was a bit surprised at that.

The ending, where Simon finds out who Blue is while sitting on a ferris wheel in front of a cheering crowd, was cheesy as heck – but it was perfect for a film like this. It’s the sort of film where you don’t care about bits being cheesy. It was the best ending, and definitely lived up to the ending in the book.

Love, Simon was so good, especially if you love a great feel-good film that perfectly captures the essence of the original book. It’s also great for LGBT representation, which we can never have enough of!

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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman – Book Review

In case you don’t already know, Neal Shusterman is one of my favourite authors ever. I’ve read most of his books and he’s definitely one of the highest on my list of auto-buy authors. So when I finished Scythe last year, I couldn’t WAIT to read the sequel, Thunderhead!

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

The dark and thrilling sequel to Scythe, the New York Times sci-fi bestseller.

The stakes are high in this chilling sci-fi thriller, in which professional scythes control who dies. Everything else is out of human control, managed by the Thunderhead. It’s a perfect system – until it isn’t.

It’s been a year since Rowan went off-grid. Hunted by the Scythedom, he has become an urban legend, a vigilante snuffing out corrupt scythes in a trial by fire. Citra, meanwhile, is forging her path as Scythe Anastasia, gleaning with compassion. However, conflict within the Scythedom is growing by the day, and when Citra’s life is threatened, it becomes clear that there is a truly terrifying plot afoot.

The Thunderhead observes everything, and it does not like what it sees. Will it intervene?

Or will it simply watch as this perfect world begins to unravel?


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Book Review

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – Book Review

If there’s something I think there can never be enough of, it’s great LGBT representation in both books and films. Here are a billion trillion books and films with heterosexual characters in comparison to the smattering of LGBT ones, and we need more.

That’s one of the reasons I absolutely adored Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.

Book cover of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

I have the film cover because it was only £4 in Tesco, but I wish I had the actual book cover. Film tie-in covers aren’t my favourite… but it meant I got to read the book before I saw the film!

Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better.

Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is – and what he’s looking for.

But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.

Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal…

It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal.


Satellite by Nick Lake – Book Review

Satellite by Nick Lake – Book Review

In case you don’t know (and can’t tell from my blog’s branding), I’m a massive fan of space. Space-themed books like The Martian by Andy Weir are my favourites, and I’m starting to gather a small collection of them on my shelf.

So, when I went to YALC last year and got a little packet of goodies for a new book called Satellite by Nick Lake, I couldn’t WAIT to read the book. I was so happy to be accepted to read it on NetGalley! (And of course, in true book blogger fashion, I’ve only just read it. Oops.)

I'm a huuuuge fan of space books (one of my favourite books is The Martian by Andy Weir), so when I heard about Satellite by Nick Lake - a YA book about a space-born teenager who goes to live on Earth - I couldn't wait. Here's my review!

Fifteen-year-old Leo has never set foot on Earth.

Born and raised with twins Orion and Libra on the Moon 2 Space Station, Leo has grown up in the most extraordinary way.

The time has now come for the trio to make their first flight home to Earth, but they cannot imagine the terrible consequences that their return will set into motion.

This is one boy’s epic journey to discover where he truly belongs.