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"With deep, sympathetic characters and beautiful prose, CLEAN cuts to the heart. It's poignant and real. I can't stop thinking about it." --Lisa McMann, bestselling author of WAKE and CRYER'S CROSS

“An affecting dramaabout five teenagers in an upscale rehab facility for drug addiction. Theauthor handles complex issues deftly and honestly, from family dysfunction to attemptedrape….The hard-hitting scenarios and abundance of white space make this aperfect suggestion for Ellen Hopkins fans.”

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“Delivers someemotional and smart insights….The use of multiple narrators results in abriskly paced, vignette-driven story that suits the frenetic lives of theteens.”

– Publishers Weekly

"While not all young addicts are fortunateenough to receive and succeed at rehab, this is a thoughtful portrait of thosewho do, and it offers hope for what often seems a hopeless situation." - The Bulletin

"A quick, frank read, with humor, information, and action that will keep teens interested. Those who read Reed’s Beautiful (S & S,2009)–and even those who haven’t–will be drawn to the great cover, and fans of Ellen Hopkins will love this novel." - School Library Journal

About the Author

Amy Reed is the author of Beautiful, Clean, Crazy, and Over You. Originally from the Seattle area, she now lives and writes in Oakland, California. To learn more, visit her at AmyReedFiction.com.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse (July 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442413441
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442413443
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Amanda Miller on July 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I love "issues" books. When I read about Clean awhile back, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I've never read Amy Reed's previous book, Beautiful, but now I definitely know I need to check it out.

Clean follows several teens through rehab. As referenced early on in the book by one of the characters they are sort of the "Breakfast Club" of rehab. Each teen is so different! You have the perfect little rich girl, the promiscious pretty girl, a Christian boy who just might be gay, a jock with an attitude problem, and an angry emo chick. At first I got a bit overwhelmed, because you are thrown into a chapter with a mini-intro to each character. It took me awhile to sort out who was who. Once I knew the basics of each character I was drawn to the story.

My favorite chapters were the ones in which the five were filling out a form that asked them questions about how they got where they were. The characters' attitudes shined through, yet you were able to see the vulnerability of each character while getting to know why they had a touch exterior.

I won't get into specifics as to what happened to each character to make them addicts, but the two most upsetting stories were Olivia's and Jason's to me. Each one endured so much to make them the way they were and each was very sympathetic and tugged at my heartstrings.

I received my copy from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.
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Five teenagers. Five different addictions. One rehab center.

For Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva, teenage life is a harsh wake up call. These teens aren't worrying about prom, or passing English honors. They've been forced into a Seattle rehab center with little choice but to face each other day after day and learn to come to terms with the mistakes they've made, even if it was never their fault to begin with. Despite how supportive, rich, abusive, uncaring, or naive each of their parents might be, in the end, they're all facing the same obstacles together. But it's not too late for them to change.

There is something about Amy Reed's writing style that leaves me feeling cold and unsettled. The message she conveys in her story is loud, brilliant, and perceptively shattering. Her complete regard for censorship, or lack thereof, is simply brave and eye-opening. We need more young adult writers like her.

Everything about Clean was raw and completely sincere. Reed depicts these teenagers at the lowest point in their lives: all feeling vulnerable and uncertain of what is to come. Through a series of personal essays and introspective questionnaire questions, the reader is invited to lift the curtain and take a small peak into each teenager's life. Each has a unique and heartbreaking story. I felt as if I was standing at at window and peering into the fictional rehab center where all five teens were having seemingly day to day conversations. But it's evident that everyone is trying to cope with the hardships of life while trying to appear strong.

I especially found the title of the story, Clean, to be thought-provoking in itself. After I finished the very last sentence, I spent moments pondering the single word that described all five teenagers. Clean.
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Grade: B

CLEAN follows five somewhat clichéd teenagers through several weeks of drug rehab: Christopher the closeted christian kid, Jason the angry abused guy, Olivia the perfect rich bitch, Eva loft after her mother's death and Kelly invincible since the birth of her special need twin sisters.

Amy Reed tells the story from the POVs of Kelly and Christopher as well as group therapy sessions, essays from each character and a letter from Olivia. While the characters were somewhat stereotypical they also had unique personalities and the story wasn't a typical rehab story. I rooted and liked all the characters. Olivia and Jason were my favorites. I never felt a huge emotional investment in the story or the characters, I didn't know any of them intimately due to the format. I appreciated the way Reed told the story despite my lack of attachment.

CLEAN is better and more realistic than most stories in this genre because Reed avoids the pitfalls found in most recovery books, no one dies, no one runs away and relapses. We simply have 5 kids in various stages of accepting and trying to overcome their addictions without fake drama. Reed's writing style is extremely readable and engaging. CLEAN lacked tension for me and I'm not sure I'd reread the book, which is the difference between a good and a great book.

THEMES: substance abuse, drugs, alcohol, rehab, abuse, family, friendship, addiction.

CLEAN is a realistic story about five teens struggling through addiction and rehabilitation,
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I feel like there should have been more to this story. It seemed as though it was cut short. I wanted to know the back story of Christopher's mom and I wanted to find out more about their lives when they returned home. It was a page turner but it was very short read in my opinion. However, I feel this is something a troubled teen should definitely read and think on.
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