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Clean Break

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  3,471 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
Em adores her funny, glamorous dad - who cares if he's not her real father? He's wonderful to her, and to her little brother and sister. True to form at Christmas, Dad gives them fantastic presents, including a real emerald ring for his little Princess Em. Unfortunately he's got another surprise in store - he's leaving them. Will Dad's well-meaning but chaotic attempts to ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 2nd 2006 by Yearling (first published 2005)
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Jan 25, 2014 Taja rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned, my-childhood
The beauty of Jacqueline Wilson's books is in the fact that she writes about bad family situations, about flawed people, about parents who are not necessarily good parents, about abuse and guilt and courage to defy adults who are not always correct and not always smart ... And she writes about these things in books targeted for children.

It is essentially the most important thing, to tell children that they are not alone in their experiences, that they should not feel ashamed for not loving a par
Jun 28, 2013 Caroline rated it it was amazing
The book is called Clean Break and it is about a girl named Em, and her siblings Vita and Maxie. Their parents are getting a divorce because their dad is with another women. The mother and her children, Em, Vita and Maxie, are very sad and now they don't have that much money as they used to have and the father doesn't want to give his money for the children so they have the very difficult time. It is a very sad book as it is possible to cry, but it's still a really good book and if you read it, ...more
Apr 27, 2014 TammyReads rated it it was ok
Is it just me or does Jacqueline Wilson write about the same thing again and again? I truly feel most of her books either have family problems, a disease or kids not fitting in. It's all the same. Some books of hers are different but some, most are the same. It's just repetitive. I want to know something new. Not the same thing again and again.
Jan 03, 2013 Emy rated it liked it
It seems like the perfect Christmas Day, until Em overhears her stepdad talking on the phone to another woman. Soon, Dad is gone and Em is wishing wishing wishing he would come back.

This is not one of Jacqueline Wilson's better novels, which is a shame. I mean, the children's love of their dad was realistic and sweet, but I found it hard to feel any affection for a guy who was cheating on his wife and willing to leave his kids to be with this other woman. I didn't want him to come back, so I fou
Lara Vehar
Aug 25, 2015 Lara Vehar rated it it was amazing
This is a book that talks about how the divorce affects kids. Sometimes parents think that when they split up kids will just deal with it and move on- well they don't. Truly a good book to read and the ending is nice aswell.
Jun 13, 2016 Mimimagic rated it really liked it
Loved it. At first was unsure but as I got further into the book I got more into it. It depends on what type of book you like this one is mostly about Emily trying to get her back to come back. I really enjoyed it. The end was lovely- a great ending to a great book!
Re-reading childhood favourites at age 21.

I remember this being one of my favourites when I was younger, but I actually feel like I could relate to Em more now than back then. When I was reading this years and years ago, I had a happy family life. It was a few years after I went off reading that my parents split up, I became self-conscious about my weight, and I felt like I had to grow up quite quickly because of the way my mum and little brother were coping. So I definitely knew how Em was feel
Mia  Bakhthiar
May 30, 2015 Mia Bakhthiar rated it really liked it
Like a lot of Wilson's books, it dealt with serious issues that affected children, and I remember it helping me when I went through similar situations.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read.
Ruby Diprose
Mar 25, 2015 Ruby Diprose rated it liked it
I decided to read the novel clean break by Jaqueline Wilson because I loved reading two of her other novels- the series of hetty feather and another book called Lola Rose so I decided to give this one a go. This book was not particularly amazing but I found the feelings in this book that the girl and the step dad had was interesting, I also found that I had to keep reading to find out if the dad was going to come back or not. I learnt from this book that even if your not actually related or your ...more
Jul 29, 2013 Celeste2323 rated it really liked it
it was very adventurous through out the book but there were the odd boring parts but apart from that it was great
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Nov 21, 2014 Indah Threez Lestari rated it really liked it
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Jul 29, 2007 Chiquita Hindarto rated it really liked it
Shelves: children
Sebenarnya, menurut saya buku ini terlalu 'berat' kalau dikategorikan sebagai buku anak-anak, walaupun buku ini menceritakan tentang penderitaan seorang Emily yang harus menghadapi perpisahan dalam keluarga, berikut cemoohan karena bentuk badannya yang jauh dari ideal.

Namun buku ini menurut saya baik dibaca oleh orangtua yang memang ingin mengetahui apa yang ada di dalam pikiran seorang anak, apa yang dihadapi oleh seorang anak sehari-harinya dan bagaimanakah cara terbaik menghadapi anak ?
Jul 01, 2015 Uci rated it liked it
I don't really feel the satisfaction after finishing this book. I don't like the dad who was very selfish and irresponsible yet he was the one who got all the admiration from the kids. I feel sorry for Gran who has to work so hard to feed the kids since all their dads left them without any child support and their mum was too weak to pursue it, yet no one gave her enough appreciation that she deserved. But I still like Emily. Her loyalty and determination kept the story interesting until the last ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Leah rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Jacqueline Wilson fans
Recommended to Leah by: My Friend - Sarah Parker
Shelves: childrens
I am indecisive about my feelings towards this book. I love the connections between the characters and their relationships, but I didn't feel sympathy towards the step-dad that they all adore, yet he is happy to leave them for a sexy new lady who is arrogant and obnoxious.

I liked the story-line of the reality of broken homes. I loved the ending where he comes back to them after a couple of disasterous relationships, a whole year later. I found it interesting the way the family struggles to cope
Sep 16, 2014 Lyndee rated it it was ok
I read this book at a time when a lot of my friends parents were getting divorced and i was struggling to understand why or what was happening. At 10 years of age however i read this book and the prospect of divorce became a lot less "foreign" to me. one of the things i love about Wilson is that she addresses such topical issues (such as divorce) in such an understanding and sensitive manner. not only does this appeal to children for entertainment purposes, but it also illuminates "foreign" idea ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Cora rated it really liked it
I've re-read this book and it is so easy to forget how Jacqueline Wilson writes heartfelt stories that are about families that are broken or about kids that don't fit the society "norms". I think that is why I loved reading her stories as a child and I still do.
Anyway, Clean Break is about where a father leaves his family at Christmas for another women, but he tries to see his kids still. That all stops when the mum says that she wants a "clean break" when he takes them to a beach without askin
Feb 11, 2014 Emmy rated it liked it
Clean break is a good book which deals with issues such as divorce and how kids settle in to a new start. Ems mother and father have split up, leaving her to entertain her younger siblings and juggle family life with personnel life. It is good but not amazing. I felt in some parts it was dragged on and n believing snippets of it. Overall though a nice read for a fan of family issues books.
Jan 30, 2014 Annabel rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Dame Jacqueline Wilson (a very deserved title!) is, in my opinion, the best contemporary children's writer. She writes perfectly, in content, theme, style and accessibility for children from aged 6 to 13 (ish - of course this varies among children). She writes flawlessly for children, I could not find a single fault.

She is never patronizing and introduces young people to important life issues such as love, poverty, friendship, adolescence, separated parents, illnesses and so much more, in a mann
Marina Schulz
My first Jacqueline Wilson; and one of the first books to put me on to reading in a greater way, specially in English. It is the story of Emily, who lives with her mom and her long time husband whom she loves more than anything and calls Dad. With them are also Emily's mean old grandma, and her two siblings, who are fully related to Dad. But when, during Christmas, Em finds out he's leaving them for somebody new, she, and the rest of the family are heartbroken.

The story takes up as Em tries to m
Oct 19, 2016 Lindsey rated it really liked it
To explain how much I loved this book, I got my gran who was around 82 at the time to read it and she loved it too. We even talked about it together. Great book. Though I find it hard to criticize my childhood faves. Very good book, I dont think the themes are too mature as some of Jacquelines books. I loved it at 10 and understood it very well.
Nov 30, 2009 Kara rated it liked it
This book was a pretty good book. It was really easy to read and i enjoyed it. This book was about a family and how her dad left them at christmas time. The dad bought all the kids great presents that year so that the would always remeber him. One of the gifts was a reindeer and Em the girl would always make up storys about her dad and act like the reindeer was telling then. The kids would wish every day that there dad would return. One day he came back and the family was really happy but he end ...more
Samantha Rich
Apr 28, 2014 Samantha Rich rated it really liked it
One of my favourite Jaqueline Wilson books because I was able to relate to it. My parents split up a few years before this books, but it was good to read something that expressed the feelings and thoughts of the children in these situations. Very we'll written, and very relatable characters.
Tiegan Ailisha
Nov 07, 2015 Tiegan Ailisha rated it it was amazing
This was the first Jacqueline book I ever read and was the book that got me into reading. I love it so much and just finished re-reading it, and my feelings about the book have not changed if not I have grown to love it even more
Jun 11, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it
This book is amazing, I was mad at Em's step dad though, he shouldn't have left for a new girl. Jacqueline has such great stories, I'v enjoyed her books in many ways. Poor Maxie, he had no idea what was happening...
Mar 06, 2014 Gem rated it really liked it
This book helped me so much when I was younger and is a clear example of how Jacqueline Wilson can cover sensitive themes but in a way that's appealing to her readers around the ages of 11-14
Rebekah Zammit Munro
Amazing book !!! Sad but its really awesome because it doesnt give u an ending !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ursula Clancy
Mar 21, 2014 Ursula Clancy rated it did not like it
ugh...such a typical book, especially for Jacqueline Wilson. When I read this I didn't really like it.
Jul 15, 2015 Megan-Elizabeth rated it really liked it
A good book for a younger audience, however, I think I have left that phase behind now.
Jess Alway
Jan 16, 2015 Jess Alway rated it it was amazing
the first book I remember absolutely loving and reading more than once.
Jessica Comley
Mar 04, 2014 Jessica Comley rated it liked it
I found it quite a slow book but I got into it and found it quite interesting.
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Jacqueline Wilson was born in Bath in 1945, but spent most of her childhood in Kingston-on-Thames. She always wanted to be a writer and wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was nine, filling in countless Woolworths’ exercise books as she grew up. As a teenager she started work for a magazine publishing company and then went on to work as a journalist on Jackie magazine (which she was told was named af ...more
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“wow it was sad the break up thing in xmas but in the end they got back together but the father soo hush to the children” 7 likes
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