Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books
Released: 5th of April 2018
I can feel it swimming through my veins like glitter ... it's liquid gold.
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 ...
It's a dirty business getting clean ...
What I Have to Say
With every book she writes, Juno Dawson reaches new heights. She's long been one of the top writers in the UK YA book scene, but every time I pick up a book by her, she surprises me with just how amazing her writing is. Hers are books that sweep you away and take you on adventures that can be so far removed, but also extremely relatable to your own life. And even while anticipating the thrill of reading her latest book, nothing prepares you for what you'll encounter.
Clean was a gritty, relatable and an extremely wild ride. Dawson pulled no punches in describing everything awful about recovery and drug addiction, but also introduced us to a sensitive and lost girl, who just needs to find her place in the world. The layers of Lexi's personality, from spoilt, drug-addicted heiress to the determined, caring girl beneath were detailed and constantly surprising. From not thinking I would like Lexi much, I found that I was rooting for her withing a few chapters. Because it is impossible not to want this girl to succeed.
I loved the range of other characters as well. The exclusive rehab island offered up a lot of potential for different characters there for different types of therapy and treatment, from all types of addiction to bullimia and anorexia. It gave the background cast of Lexi's story life and diversity and a small glimpse of other issues.
It would be great to have a sequel. I want to see what becomes of Lexi after the ending of the book. It would perhaps be interesting to delve into the story of a different person on the island receiving treatment and have Lexi as a background character.
Whether there's any more Lexi in our future or not, I cannot wait to see what Juno brings us next.
My thanks go to Netgalley and Quercus for providing me with this copy for review.