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From the author of Beautiful, a poignant, captivating novel about five teens in rehab.

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 abo
Kindle Edition, Reprint edition, 290 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Simon Pulse
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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-
Nov 08, 2010 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
This is right up the alley of any teen reader who enjoys Ellen Hopkins, especially Impulse. The story is about 5 teens in rehab, each unique and each with their own story and addictions. The narrative is broken up in between group therapy sessions where you get a bit from each person and their counselor Shirley. Then the rest of the time you mostly get the perspective of Kelly and Christopher. Kelly was addicted to cocaine and alcohol and Christopher was a meth addict. The other three teens are ...more
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
Oct 27, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I feel horrible about this. I'm for sure not on the bandwagon with this book, as it seems like most people absolutely loved it. But I didn't like it at all. Starting out, there were way too many characters, and it took a long time for them to stop blending together. Also, I just didn't care for the way this was written. Each point of view was rather short, and often times were cut off half way through to read another character's point of view, and then going back to the original character's poin ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!)
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review was for my blog event Psychtember, so it's formatted a little differently than usual, to reflect the mental health theme. I've structured things as though the book is the patient and I'm giving them an assessment. Each axis is an aspect of the book that I'll give my thoughts on (characters, plot, etc.), and the validity score refers to how psychologically accurate I think the book is, with the final diagnosis being my shooting star rating. The rating still reflects my overall view of ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jade Walker
Jul 21, 2011 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
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Meet Kelly, Olivia, Christopher, Jason and Eva. All of them are teens with promising futures. All of them are addicts.

These five kids all come from different backgrounds and they all have different addictions. They’re being forced to reevaluate themselves in a suburban rehab center for teens. Some of them want to change, while some of them still won’t admit they have a problem. They’re all going to have to work together as a group to find themselves again, and put themselves on the road to recov
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved that ending :) Feeling warm and fuzzy on the inside.

Real review soon.


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
Macy  (It's a Book Thing)
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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=85/100 B

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 d
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
Debbie Narh

3.5 Stars

Sometimes, shit happens and depending on it, it can really mess a person up. I love how Amy Reed has shown this with all of her characters. They all have their different personalities, families, and preferred drugs. Their lives are intriguing and exciting yet sad and vulnerable at the same time. The road to recovery is one of the hardest ones there is because it has to do with self recover and self discovery.
Jason is by far my favourite character in this novel so of course I wanted a l
Feb 04, 2011 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
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Grade: B

CLEAN follows five somewhat clichéd teenagers through several weeks of drug rehab: Christopher the closeted christian kid, Jason the angry abused guy, Olivia the perfect rich bitch, Eva loft after her mother's death and Kelly invincible since the birth of her special need twin sisters.

Amy Reed tells the story from the POVs of Kelly and Christopher as well as group therapy sessions, essays from each character and a letter from Olivia. While the characters were somewhat stereotypical they
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sin duda no fue lo que me esperaba. Clean de Amy Reed nos cuenta la historia de 5 adictos de drogas en un centro de rehabilitación. Cuando vi de que se trataba el libro me entusiasme porque me parecía interesante, pero fue algo... extraño.
La historia tiene algo positivo que como está escrito, tiene narraciones de 2 personajes pero también tiene las sesiones de grupo + trabajos personales, eso lo hacía más didáctico para leerlo, y si, me pasó eso de querer siempre leer un capítulo más por esto mi
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Amy Reed was born and raised in and around Seattle, where she attended a total of eight schools by the time she was eighteen. Constant moving taught her to be restless and being an only child made her imagination do funny things. After a brief stint at Reed College (no relation), she moved to San Francisco and spent the next several years serving coffee and getting into trouble. She eventually gra ...more
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