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You’re probably wondering how I ended up here. I’m still wondering the same thing.

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 t
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Simon Pulse (first published July 19th 2011)
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Let's start with introductions, shall we? After all, there are five stories to keep track of in this one, so one must keep sharp. Behold:

Kelly: she's the "every girl" here. She's the one we're a hop, skip, and a blown line away from becoming. If you think it's not possible to fall down the slippery slope of drug addiction, her story of unfortunate circumstances, naive curiosity, mean men and low self-esteem might get you thinking twice.

Jason: the classic, sarcastic teenage, male asshole. The "I-
Jul 17, 2011 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When I decided to read Clean by Amy Reed, I was fresh from finishing Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson, so the entire setting felt a little bit familiar. Clean however is far from the mixed genre that Ultraviolet was -- this is contemporary YA through and through, something that deals with something I haven't really quite read about much but means a lot right now: addiction and rehab.

Clean is about five teenagers Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason and Eva, who for
When I start reading a book about addiction, anorexia, or any other mental illness, I usually expect to end up crying three pages in. Not only do I expect it, I want it. I rarely read this type of book because I have to be in the right state of mind to read them.
Therefore, it is with great disappointment that I ended up having no strong feelings about Clean.

I usually don't mind if a book about a serious subject is told in a way that will keep you from crying. The problem I had with Clean is that
So…drugs. Let me preface this review by honestly admitting that I have absolutely never had any contact with any kind of drugs. And I swear, I’m not trying to sound like a goody-goody or whatever. It’s just that I belong to a fairly strict Muslim family, and my religion Islam STRICTLY FORBIDS (yes, in all caps) the use of alcohol/any substance that weakens your hold on your mind. Which is why I was actually very interested in reading Clean, because this would be like my very exclusive foray into ...more
Carina Tai
Jul 15, 2011 Carina Tai rated it it was amazing
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 par
carolina ☾

I don't know what i could say about this book.
I have really mixed feelings abbout it.I guess i expected more.More from the friendship between these charactersAnd the ending left me
I did loved the characters, they were realistic and quite real to me.Any teenager could have this problems, suffer from this disease.It just depends on the person who to face them.Some could try drugs or alchol to forget them, Others just hide them inside.

But their problems were left unresolved.I didn't
Aug 10, 2011 L_manning rated it really liked it
Clean is the story of 5 teens in rehab. Each of them had different lives and upbringings, and each of them had a different drug of choice. They all shared addiction and the need to get help, so now they are all in the same rehab center. This book follows all 5 of them through various stages of recovery. Even though they come from very different backgrounds and lifestyles, they seem to bond over their shared problems.

As you can imagine, a book about teens in rehab is rather hard to read. I had a
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
Clean is a book I read for two reasons: one, it's contemporary, and two, I really like the cover. I meant to read Amy Reed's first book, Beautiful (I like that cover, too), but I never got my hands on it.

Clean is all about five kids in rehab for various drugs and other addictions. When a book is going to be based in a rehabilitation center, it makes it really hard for me to read five different perspectives, because that nearly guarantees I won't have a deep connection with any of them and rather
Apr 08, 2012 Amy rated it liked it
This book was different than I expected. I expected it to have more substance. It didn't have as much plot as I was hoping it would. There isn't a whole lot of things that happen throughout the story in my opinion, yet something about it kept me longing for more. I could see character development and healing throughout. I'm not sure how I feel about the ending, of course I'm not quite sure what exactly I expected from it. I would recommend it though because it was a fairly quick read. It was def ...more
Dec 08, 2015 Destiny rated it it was amazing
Personal Response:
This book was really good. I think I enjoyed this one so much, because it involved what I want to do in my future. I read in any free time I had, because I liked this book so much. It was interesting when I saw the development of the characters and how they changed. The book was written well and easy to understand. At first I thought it would be difficult with five different characters, but it wasn't.

This book told the story of five teenagers with drug problems. It gave
Maria Eleynita
Oh God! Drugs? I really can't imagine myself in their shoes. While reading this i was worried the whole time because I know somewhere out there kids are doing drugs, drinking and being a mess with their lives, I just wish these kids would be able to get help, because i think most of them don't want to because they think they're not addicts, they're in denial with themselves, It's ok to ask for help and I hope they do. This book tackles a lot of things both mentally, physically and emotionally. I ...more
Tasia BooksRLyfe
Jan 12, 2016 Tasia BooksRLyfe rated it it was amazing
I really loved reading this. It's about five different teenagers, and they all have different addictions, but they're in the same rehab center. No matter how different these five characters were, they had to face the ugly face of addiction together and each other day after day.

This book was so honest and the writing style was so unique. It was beautiful and a little brutal. I loved it. It was a fantastic book that I didn't expect to enjoy.

I closed the book left with many questions. I enjoyed it
Sep 27, 2013 Hayden rated it it was amazing
Amy Reed is definitely one of my favorite teen fiction authors; her effortless blend of well-rounded, full characters and addicting situations never fails to engulf me. clean was the fourth book of hers I've read, and quite possibly my favorite. (it's so hard to pick one as my favorite!)
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Jan 31, 2016 Jenna Hmoud]]]]] rated it liked it
I really did like this book and I look forward to reading the other books that Amy Reed wrote. I like the book because of how it proves that change is possible. The book is basically about these teenagers that are in rehab because they cant stop drinking and taking drugs, they're addicts. This is a good book for people to relate to because there are people in real life that may be facing the same problem. I like all the characters in the book and how they all kind of have there own different per ...more
Jan 27, 2015 Paige rated it liked it
I liked this book, I really did.

Olivia: Thinks she is better than everyone. But by the end of the novel, she really changed.

Jason: Annoying at the beginning. I must say. I hated his attitude. And he was the stereotypical "bad boy" but by the end, I loved him. I felt like he went through the most character development.

Chris: I really enjoyed this character a lot and thought he was so funny at times. He was really adorable and fun.

Eva: I didn't like her. Like Olivia said, I thought she was spoile
Jul 04, 2011 Kristina rated it really liked it
Clean is the story of five teens – Olivia, Kelly, Christopher, Jason and Eva, who are all in the same support group in rehab. The story is told in the POV of Kelly and Christopher, but through their narrative, group transcripts, and personal essays within the story, the reader learns why all five of them are there. We learn what drove each of them to drink or do drugs in the first place. Each story truly is heart breaking.

The characters were fleshed out in such an amazing way that I felt for eac
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Eva, Christopher, Olivia, Kelly and Jason are all addicts and have all found themselves in the same rehab facility. Each has a different addiction that they believe defines them, but in the course of their treatment, they discover that they have far more in common than they had at first believed. Told in alternating narratives with journal excerpts and group session dialogues, the book details the wide variety of forms addiction can take. What really sets this book apart from the rest of the "te ...more
I loved that ending :) Feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside.

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Clean is a hard book for me to review. It deals with dark subject matter and is really just an emotional ride.

I've read a fair number of stories that focus on abuse, addiction, eating disorders, etc. but I've never read one quite like Clean. This is due to the fact that there are five different perspectives to take into account: Kelly, Olivia, Jason, Christopher and Eva. The reasons for them being in rehab are all diff
Dec 06, 2011 Mesa rated it it was amazing
Amazing. I loved it. Clean is a book about five teenagers who are drug addicts.

Olivia: a girl who has eating disorder in addition to drug addiction. She wants to be a child her mother wants her to be—which is perfect. To try to make her mom happy, she starts to take pills her mother gave her so she can lose weight. I felt bad for Olivia and there are parents who want their kids to be perfect in everything. That is impossible.

Kelly: an older child and when the little ones come along, she was forg
Aug 14, 2011 Tara rated it liked it
For a Drug Rehab book it was oh-so-very tame. Maybe I have been hardened because I think I've read about 90% of the drug memoirs and fiction out there, so this kind of fell flat for me. Also shows like Intervention make seeing the degenerate world of drug addiction appear so commonplace. I happened to read about 300 pages of Ellen Hopkins "Impulse" last week on vacation, and it was hard for me not to compare the two stories. Perhaps since Impulse seemed much darker and...dirtier. Clean just didn ...more
Jun 11, 2013 Lydia rated it it was amazing
I love this book! At first I was very hesitant because of Amy Reed`s previous work that left me with a very bad experience of reading it. I couldn't relate, couldn't get through it, couldn't care and most of all wanted to shake the character until she gained some sense. But this book left me with a much better taste in my mouth. All of these characters have serious addictions and painful pasts that go along with them, that have brought them to this rehab facility. While I can't exactly relate, I ...more
Aug 07, 2011 Jessi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The emotional, situational content in Clean is on the heavy side since it takes place in a rehab for teens, but the reading of it is fast, easy, and very engaging. The text is broken up into small portions by character. This looks off-putting at first, but it really keeps things moving in snippets as each character processes their difficult emotions. The reader gets to see each of the five characters' individual thoughts as they work through the problems that landed them in rehab. Also, the ther ...more
Mickey Reed
Aug 10, 2011 Mickey Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dark YA fans, inspiration YA fans, teens hoping for recovery.
Shelves: ereader, 2011, galleygrab, arc
Thanks to Galley Grab for the ARC of this novel. Here is my honest review:

I really enjoyed this rehab tale. It wasn't anything like what I was expecting, and I appreciated that. I love how Amy Reed dances around ideas, doesn't say things directly, but still makes sure the reader knows what she's talking about. There are a few instances with Christopher where this really shines. Even with Jason and Kelly as well. Certain words don't need to be spoken for the reader to understand what's really hap
Apr 20, 2012 Ashley rated it really liked it
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Clean by Amy Reed follows five teen drug addicts as they complete a course in a rehabilitation center. Olivia is a typical rich girl who does everything she can to be perfect and have the "perfect" body. Jason is the bad boy whose drinking has put his life into a downward spiral. Kelly is the partier who will do anything she can to be bad and take her mind off the real world. Eva is the gothic girl whose tragic past had led her to smoking marijuana. Christopher is the religious home-schooled bo ...more
Melanie Goodman
For those who can’t get enough of Celebrity Rehab, Amy Reed’s Clean offers a voyeuristic look into the lives of five teens forced to face their addiction in rehab. Kelly, Christopher, Eva, Olivia, and Jason all come from very different walks of life, but whether they want to believe it or not they all have something in common. In a series of personal narrative essays and script-like group therapy sessions, readers discover how kids from all walks of life came together to deal with their dangerou ...more
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Jun 10, 2012 Macy (It's a Book Thing) rated it it was amazing
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This was a pretty intriguing read. I loved how Ms. Reed wrote in honest, unique voices for each of the characters. Her writing portrayed each of their frame of minds. Because of this the writing was sometimes a bit choppy, but it suited this book perfectly. One of my favorite parts of this book was how tough concepts were written. The dange
Jade Walker
Jul 21, 2011 Jade Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I always struggle with how to start reviews for hard hitting, emotional contemporary books, and I have to say that those words totally describe Clean. I've heard this book described as 'The Breakfast Club in Rehab' and I have to say that pretty much nails it.

We get these five teens, all in rehab because of their own addictions, all of them with a history and a not so glamorous background. We see these teens thrown together, becoming friends ev
This was an excellent book. It was recommended to me by one of my very best friends who loved it so I'm glad I loved it as well!! :D

The premise reminded me a lot of Suicide Notes, which I read last year (and did not enjoy). I really liked the characters and their voices.

The only thing I think could have made it better is that I almost feel like there were too many characters. I wanted to get a more in depth look at some of them (Christopher, Kelly, Jason) and I felt like there were just times t
Sep 29, 2011 Mandy rated it it was amazing
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Clean is a story about five kids from completely different background who are all thrown into the same rehab group together.

From the beginning, Reed shows her talent for different writing styles and different perspectives. From introspective Eva to sassy, hard-headed Kelly, Reed does an excellent job at showing all of the characters' growth and changing emotions. The chapters are told from different perspectives: some as monologues, some as essays, some as transcribed group sessions, so the rea
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