Saturday, August 13, 2011

Review: Clean by Amy Reed

Clean by Amy Reed
Published by Simon Pulse
Published: July 19, 2011
Rating: 5/5

Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason, and Eva have one thing in common: They’re addicts. Addicts who have hit rock bottom and been stuck together in rehab to face their problems, face sobriety, and face themselves. None of them wants to be there. None of them wants to confront the truths about their pasts. But they’ll all have to deal with themselves and one another if they want to learn how to live. Because when you get that high, there’s nowhere to go but down, down, down.
This book is what is outlined 5 pages in. A Breakfast Club type group of drug and alcohol addicts. So really, I think it’s like The Breakfast Club meets Girl, Interrupted. Which is AWESOME, by the way.

We start out with five teenagers with different pasts, different addictions and different rungs on the social ladder. Honestly, I could easily puzzle out The Breakfast Club members to these kids, I mean Jason is TOTALLY Emilio Estevez - but I won’t.

In a very short 288 pages you learn each one of these kids’ horror story pasts and even now I’m not sure which was the worst. Jason and Olivia’s are pretty horrifying. Christopher (my personal favorite) is utterly heart-breaking. Kelly (oddly enough reminded me a little bit of Brittany from Perfect Chemistry) was just hard, rough and sad. Eva would probably have you believe she was Ally Sheedy from The Breakfast Club was easily my least favorite character due to her spoiled bratness.

I must say that I love and hate stories like this. Addiction or personal battle books are never the easiest thing in the world to read, but they have such a way of breaking you down to your weakest and taking a good hard look at yourself. I’ve never suffered from addiction, but have addictive tendencies and it’s books like this that hit me strangely, like it’s not me, but it’s too close. (Have no fear, dear readers, so far my addictive substances include things like coffee and chile con queso.)

To top it all off, this was a FAST read. I mean, I literally opened it to read for a little bit, next thing I knew I was 125 pages in. That very, very rarely happens. Many times my slight ADD will kick and I’ll get bored. But not for this! Instantly, I was emotionally involved and heart-wrenched in every way.
I WILL be checking out Amy Reed’s Beautiful next. For sure.


  1. Hmm, sounds interesting. I was kind of on the fence about this one, but maybe I'll give it a shot. I do like when there's different points of view throughout the story, and I've watched The Breakfast Club a million times, so I should be good:)

  2. I've recently bought both of Reed's books because my students and I love books like hers. I'm glad you liked this one and that it read so fast. I'll have to move it up my TBR pile.

  3. Love the sound of this one! I'll have to pick it up from the Library sometime. :)