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Clean by [Kerick, Mia]
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Editorial Reviews


Clean has won Book by Book Publicity Literary Contest's First Place Award for Gay/ Lesbian Novels and the Jack Eadon Award for the Best Book in Contemporary Drama at Reader Views Book by Book Publicity Literary Contest.
"A compassionate look at the harrowing problem of addiction, anchored by strong characters and a messageof hope." - "Kirkus Reviews"

"Mia Kerick's youngadult coming of age romance, Clean,is stunningly beautiful and perfectly paced as two young men begin theirprocesses of healing and self-discovery. I love this book...I didn't want thestory to end and felt a bit bereft when it finally did. Clean is most highly recommended. Marvelous! ...Oh, and yes, agreat cover!" - Jack Magnus Readers Favorites

"... A compellingread, Clean adds Kerick to the likes of writers who challengeus to find the hidden humanity in others. It's a positive novel to help youngadults and teenagers often ignored in the journey we all share together throughthe obstacles of life."- The US Review of Books

 As a reader, youcannot ask for anything more! Ten shining stars for a new rising star!" Rabia Tanveer Reader Favorites

... a multi-facetedstory that, more so than most, hones in on the reasons for staying sober orchoosing chemicals in a story fueled by the contrast between a star athlete whochooses drugs and the efforts of a 'loser' to escape his destiny.DianeDonovan Midwest Book Reviews

"...Cleanwill grip you to the core, strip you naked and make you believe that secondchances do exist. Though classified as a young adult title, this is a storythat any reader can enjoy." - Michelle Tan RTBookReviews

Overall, I found "Clean" by Mia Kerick to be a raw read about a difficult topic that has been sugar coated enough. I definitely recommend it as a graphic, heart wrenching and real read!
Arianna Violante, Reader Views Kids

About the Author

Ms Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children--all named after saints--and four non-pedigreed cats--all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-three years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don't ask Mia about that, as it's a sensitive subject. 

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships. As a teen, Mia filled spiral- bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big- hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping.She is thankful to CoolDudes Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories.

Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality, which is now the law of the land in the United States--woot! woot! Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2284 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517581044
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: YoungDudes Publishing; 1 edition (December 1, 2015)
  • Publication Date: December 1, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B016AUC2HM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,669 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book is a very tough read, not because it's written poorly, but because it portrays unflinching stories of sexual abuse, neglect and substance abuse in teens.

Landon was a great student and star athlete with everything going for him until his young sister was hit by a car. She survived, but with severe handicaps, and Lanny's family has become all about Joelle and her care. His overwhelmed and overwrought parents are angry and hostile, and don't even bother to acknowledge Lanny most days. Lanny and his parents share guilt and blame for the tragedy of Joelle's accident, and Lanny takes it super hard. He turns to alcohol to hide his pain, and he gets his alcohol from the school bad-boy, Trevor.

Trevor is a burn out. He lives each day in fear, and resignation, of the continuing sexual abuse he's endured since he was twelve and his mother abandoned him with her friend, Carl. When he can, Trevor seeks oblivion via alcohol and pot. And Lanny, the angel-faced "clean" boy that sometimes lurks in Carl's gardening shed with him. When they are drunk, it's easy to seek other releases, and Trevor's easily able to direct some impersonal (non-penetrative) sex between them.

Lanny feels like Trevor's the only person in his life who sees him. Trevor's too afraid to love anyone, and doesn't believe he's worthy of love, in any case. That said, he sees how far Lanny is slipping--he's been kicked off the football team, he's failing classes and he spends every night getting bombed. Soon they move on to pills, supplied by a mutual friend. Trevor knows his only way out of Carl's lecherous grasp is death, or cleaning up and graduating high school. He tries to get Lanny to clean out, too, but Lanny's not having it.

Expect things to get worse.
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cannot give this anything lower than five stars and Clean is definitely a Must Read. However, I must warn readers: this is not for everyone. There are triggers everywhere and it is raw. It bleeds in it's rawness, probably the reason why this is rated so high and deservedly so.

As a mother, Mia Kerick has her children always at the back of her thoughts and they are revealed in her stories. Clean delves on a topic that may be considered as one of a mother's worst nightmare. No mother wants their children to get into drug addiction.

Lanny and Trevor are young teenaged men who went down that way. Drug addiction not only attacks the body in betraying it to crave for a substance, but it also betrays the mind. No matter how logical or intelligent a brain is, it can be fooled by traitorous substances. Some worse than others.

For such a heavy, drama, angst-ridden story line, this reads clean. Not meant as a pun, but it is a clean story. No lumps, no bumps, (excepting a few typos as I do base this read on an ARC so is not considered retail perfect) and flows fast. There is no hesitation to the telling, which made this read easier than it really was.

Overall, Clean is not for everyone. It is not for me. But I do recommend it as I recognize the need for extraordinary stories out there.

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It's been a week since I finished this story. I'm still not sure how to write this review. I knew this story was going to be painful. I knew drugs and alcohol would be involved. I knew there was more to the story than just substance abuse. I knew I wanted to read it but kept putting it off. Why would I want to read something I knew would be painful about two young men? I read this in one day on the weekend, and its a good thing I did. Mia took me down a dark and painful path of self loathing, destruction, pain and despair. Lanny with the intact family that was broken. Trevor without a family. Both without support. Both needing the other but unable to talk about it. I won't give away the story, but of the two Lanny worried me the most and rightfully so. As for Trevor? Well lets just say I really wanted to hurt someone. Did I say this was a dark and painful read? The ending was surprising, and well done. It's not a happy ever after, but hopefully it will be. I really want these boys to get their HEA. They deserve so much more from the adults in their lives, from themselves and from each other.
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Teens receive messages about the dangers of drugs from a range of media and social interactions, but often there is still the promise that ingesting a drug will mitigate psychological pain and overwhelming emotions. Attracted to drugs because of their confusing, evolving feelings, many a young adult falls into the drug world, never to emerge.

While Clean opens with a preface about this subject, it chooses the novel format (not nonfiction) to deliver its hard-hitting message about why teens choose drugs and what happens when they try to erase the harsh realities of their environments by creating an artificial inner bliss.

The first thing to note about Clean is that it's a psychological examination; not a thriller piece. Where other books would focus on drug-taking events and interactions between individuals, Clean tasks its characters with something different: revealing their motivations and emotions

A prologue opens with Lanny's latest drug of choice (a common household item) but then moves backwards in time, five months earlier, to where his hookup with a male classmate is ending. Perspectives switch between the two boys, and readers are treated to gritty observations that punctuate stiff language with gritty insights.

Sex, drugs, school and home pressures, and changed home lives: Clean mixes its drug experiences with messages about the different kinds of pressures teens experience, how they perceive and handle them, and the temptation to flee (however temporarily) life's realities. It also reveals how taking drugs alters not only their experiences and awareness, but affects the reactions of others who react differently to the changed behaviors of a person high on drugs.
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