It’s hard for me to find a book that will move me to anything other than laughter. It’s just simply how I am. This book, this piece of teen-fiction mo...moreIt’s hard for me to find a book that will move me to anything other than laughter. It’s just simply how I am. This book, this piece of teen-fiction moved me to tears, and continues to do so every time I pick it off my shelf.
Come Clean is not just a story about addiction and rehabilitation, but a story about loneliness, confusion and identity. The protagonist’s struggle against over-zealous parents and brutal rehab counsellors is moving and when at times it seems her strength is waning, you find yourself gripping the book in a white-knuckle grasp and desperately willing her on. Her sad confusion over why her twin-brother left wrenches at your heart and when she talks to him in her head, trying to escape the humiliation of the boot-camp environment she finds herself in, emotion starts to bubble.
Finally. The ending. I won’t give it away, but the climax of the plot is deeply woven with tortured truths that grip the reader and will not allow them to put the book down under it has bought every shred of emotion to the surface.
Brilliantly written and flawless, the characterisation is well-rounded and real and the detail is rich enough that you are able to imagine it all very clearly while reading, without bogging the reader down with unnecessary details. There will be passion, tears, laughter and desperate longing before the end is through.
Possibly one of my favourite books I read this year. I adore the character of Flynn, with his many talents and equally many flaws, and the supporting...morePossibly one of my favourite books I read this year. I adore the character of Flynn, with his many talents and equally many flaws, and the supporting characters of Harry and Jennah who try so hard to help Flynn, try to just be there for him and end up watching him fall apart. The role the music plays is, I think, beautiful and rather undescribable in a review. We - the readers - are given little snippits of music terminology, not enough to overwhelm but just enough so we can understand what Flynn is doing and how is mental state is affecting his playing.
There is not enough good words in the english language that I can use when describing this book (although, I might be a little biased as I have just finished reading the sequal!), and the Suzuma deserves every award and praise for tackling this difficult subject with tact, ease and brilliance. (less)