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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  5,399 ratings  ·  640 reviews
I can feel it swimming through my veins like glitter ... it's liquid gold.

When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses, she thinks she's hit rock bottom.

She's wrong. Rock bottom is when she's forced into an exclusive rehab facility.

From there, the only way is up for Lexi and her fellow inmates, including the mysterious Brady.

As she faces her demons, Lexi realises love is th
Paperback, 399 pages
Published April 5th 2018 by Quercus Children's Books
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Theresa Alan
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this gritty novel about a privileged teenage girl forced to go to rehab. Lexi is a likeable character because she knows just how lucky she is that she doesn’t have to worry about money. It’s not always easy to get me to like the super wealthy.

The book begins with Lexi’s brother Nikolai bringing her to an exclusive rehab center that, except for the lack of alcohol, sounds like a luxury vacation. Coming off heroin is brutally described. Lexi throws quite the temper tantrum, but D
Cora Tea Party Princess
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A note before my review:
This book requires so many content warnings that a list of them would be longer than my review. Think carefully before picking up Clean, don't be afraid to put it down and take some time, leave it altogether if you need to. It's about a myriad of addicts and their issues and their treatment.

5 Words: Privilege, family, friendship, life, change.

5 More Words: Clean, addiction, strength, abuse, toxicity.

Clean is dirty privilege and a messed up cast, an ugly story brought to l
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Clean was a solid 3.5 for me. A YA book that deals with some heavy issues-drugs, sex, relationships, family dynamics, weight, and gender issues.

Lexi Volkov is an “it” girl-wealthy, spoiled, pretty, popular, and a party girl. Lexi’s party girl mentality and serious substance abuse issues lands her in rehab-an exclusive one at that. Clean details Lexi’s time in rehab, as well as her past so readers can try to understand why Lexi got to this point.

I would highly recommend Clean to mature readers
When thinking about how to review this book the one word that keeps coming to my mind is addictive (cliched I know!)!

If it wasn't for the fact that I have to work (to make enough money to buy more books!) then I would have finished this in one sitting. It was almost impossible to put the book down and when I did I was constantly thinking about when I could read it again. Then when I finished it I was left with a feeling both of complete satisfaction but also wanting to read about these characte
My feelings about Clean are all over the place. It's gritty, harsh and so wrong. Drug addiction will turn anyone inside out. It has the good, bad and ugly. This is Lexi's story and I'll warn you now it's not pretty.

Lexi is a Russian heiress who lives in London. She has access to too much money and doesn't have to work for anything. Her brother sees her downfall. If she doesn't turn her life around this story could only end one way.

Lexi is taken to rehab. She needs it but first, she has to see
.Under the pages
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
[EN] Lexi went too far this time. And her brother is about to end it. She almost died with an overdose. However, that was nothing compared to the nightmare that rehab will be. Getting clean was the first step and it was the hardest. The only thing making the experience bearable is the people that are also on rehab at the clinic. Everyone has a different addiction: some’s addiction is related to drugs, other’s are about food but Brady’s she can’t figure out. But she will, whilst finding a new add ...more
Kate (beautifulbookland)
Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 4-stars
Well, Lexi’s rehab makes my NHS inpatient experience look a bit naff, really. A mansion on a deserted island? Swimming pools? Balconies? I’m telling ya, when I was at my worst, I would have been all over those features. And not for the relaxation or the views.

Safety risks aside, Juno Dawson actually did a really good job of capturing the life of an inpatient on a mental health ward. There were a few things that were slightly off - like Kendall, the girl with anorexia, not being in a wheelchair
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ukya, favorites
Juno Dawson has really outdone herself. This is no doubt my favourite of her novels for SO many reasons:
a. the writing. It grabbed my attention from the very first chapter. Lexi's descriptions of taking drugs, being high and then the rapid decline of withdrawal was a very vivid rollercoaster of emotion. The intensity shocked me. As did some of the chosen metaphors (definitely using 'eyes glazed like a Krispy Kreme doughnut' from now on) and the Tic-Tac prank scene.

b. this is so small, but reall
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
↠ 4.5 stars

I'm reading quite a few books in the lead up to YALC because I want to be ready by having read a few of the books by authors attending, and Clean is one of them! When I started reading this, I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew that it was about drug addiction and substance abuse, and sensitive topics were going to be covered. What I wasn't expecting was just how good it was.

Before I start, please be aware this book has parts which are honestly uncomfortable to read. I am not easily p
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars - As much as the premise for Clean is a great one, this novel fell short of my expectations. Interestingly, if you go to buy this book on Amazon, you’ll see it titled as “Clean: The most addictive novel you’ll read this summer” – and it is addictive in its writing style, accessible and fluid, you can easily fly through its 400 pages. However, it wasn’t addictive in the most important way, the way where you want to keep reading because the story is so good. Granted, I read this novel in ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
Lexi Volkov is beautiful, sex-positive, a socialite, the daughter of a rich Russian... and addicted to drugs. When Lexi overdoses and her brother Nikolai takes her to an exclusive rehab facility, The Clarity Centre, she's in for a shock. It's here that she becomes friends with fellow teens, from ex-child star Brady to Kendall, who's transgender and has an eating disorder.

Continue reading this review over on Pretty Books.

Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review!
Abbie (boneseasonofglass)

Just wow
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, netgalley
I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley.

I also have a video review of this book, which can be seen here:

Just as a warning, this book has many difficult scenes, which may be triggering to many people, so make sure you do your research before reading.

This is a YA novel about a teenage girl named Lexi, who comes from an incredibly rich and privileged background. It's safe to say that she falls into the wrong crowd, and
Tamsien West (Babbling Books)
Clean is the latest release by trans author Juno Dawson, it focuses on a teen in rehab for drug addiction. I could not put it down, 5 stars!

Almost a week after finishing this book I am still thinking about it, and the characters in it. It's a terrific example of great writing of characters who are not great people.

Trigger warnings for: drug and alcohol abuse/addiction, eating disorders, suicide, suicidal thoughts, death (overdose), and others - feel free to send me a message if you are concerned
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yup, this was just really freaking good.

The main character, Lexi, is a super rich, white and priviliged piece of trash when we first meet her. She does not care for anyone but herself and her close group of "friends". Usually I stear clear of those kind of characters cause I can never bring myself to symphatize with them. But Lexi was different.
Her voice drew me in right from the beginning and her descriptions were not only scary but also highly (excuse the pun) addictive.

From what I understan
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Lisa-Books Smiles
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I received this book from the publishers via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, to start, a couple of warnings. This is a book about a stint in rehab, so it does come with a MASSIVE number of triggers, especially around drugs, booze and food but there’s too many to list them all. So if you read it, just be aware of that. And it’s also written from the view of an entitled 17 year old being forced into something, and comes with the language and behaviours that brings. Again it actu
Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow. I really enjoyed this book. It was a dark, gritty read that didn't shy away from shining a light on all manner of issues: drug abuse, sexual abuse, mental health, gender identity, toxic relationships

Lexi Volkov is uber-rich and utterly spoilt by her billionaire parents, so when she gets thrown into an exclusive rehab facility for heroin addiction she has literally hit rock bottom and surely from there the only way is up?

I didn't think I'd like Lexi to begin with, but she grew on me quite qu
Alyce Hunt
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fuck me sideways, this book is ASTOUNDING. Extremely gushy review coming soon...

EDIT 18/04/2018:

'I sigh. it's all so improbable. How can I be 'an addict'? I'm seventeen years old. I always sort of aspired to a coke problem as I turned thirty, but never this.'

Lexi Volkov is in rehab, and she's not fucking happy about it. Just because she turned a little bit blue after taking some heroin doesn't mean she needs help, and she hates Nikolai for sticking his big fat oar in. She's not an addict. Every
Aileen Mckenzie
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
So this time last week I had the nastiest bug in a long time. I couldn’t stop being sick, I had an intense fever, and was having aches and pains all over my body. Unable to get out my bed and too uncomfortable to sleep reading a book seemed like the most sensible way to pass the time. My head was so muddled I couldn’t concentrate on the over complicated plots of my usual crime genre, so instead, I picked up Clean, a YA novel by Juno Dawson. I have read a YA novel before, but this will be my firs ...more
Clean is a brilliant YA read and a perfect example of how YA fiction can be used to tackle more mature ideas in a thoughtful way to make a real impact on its reader.

Clean does not hold back. It tackles a broad range of issues including drug addiction, gender identity, eating disorders, mental health and toxic relationships. For me this was the real strength of the novel showing the reader an incredibly realistic account of how deeply such issues can affect those dealing with them.

Clean focuses
Emily Louise Smith
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Dubbed as “Gossip Girl meets Girl Interrupted”, Clean is a biting and hard-hitting YA novel centring around Lexi, a spoiled hotel heiress with a serious drug problem, who is checked into a luxury island rehab facility by her brother after she overdoses on heroin.

The novel addresses, albeit some more than others, addiction, toxic relationships, mental health, eating disorders and transgender issues. The portrayal of addiction was gritty, real and didn’t shy away from some of the more harsh detai
 Codie's Book Corner
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5! Dare I say the best book I’ve read for the #contemporaryathon so far....
Marie the Librarian
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Oh wow, I really enjoyed this a lot! I liked it a lot! I wanted more actually, cause the characters were very interesting and had lots of depth! And I adored them.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it liked it
ARC courtesy of Netgalley!

I’m really not sure what to make of this book.

In the face of it this book feels so unrelatable, not just because I’m not a 17year old millionaire drug addict socialite (think Nicole Richie in this Paris Hilton circa their tv shows) but because I simply do not know of anyone who’s been in this life of privilege, wealth and excess.
However, behind the oh so glamorous facade that Lexi works so hard to embody, I felt drawn in to the true reasons of why the characters had g
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m actually pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. There’s nothing outwardly special about it, but just something about the writing, the characters, the gets you hooked (did not intend this to be a pun). I’d recommend Clean to anyone.
Why are more people not talking about this???????

Clean is about socialite Lexi who thinks she has hit rock bottom when she overdoses on heroine... and then she enters a rehab centre. You follow not only her addiction and recovery, but her fellow 'inmates'' as she so lovingly refers to them as. There are different forms of addiction, so be aware that when reading this book, you'll see eating disorders, OCD and suicidal thoughts along with drugs. But these topics are not glorified, and are shown i
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favourites
This book was so entertaining. I loved it. It was just a very quick, enjoyable and funny read. It was completely what I expected it to be and I just enjoyed it so much. It's definitely cliche, but in a way that it works very well with the cliches and it's just well-written. Love love the MC, especially in the beginning, her sarcasm and voice is golden. Also totally there for the brother-sister bond. The only thing was the ending, that was just a bit too much of an 'american' ending for me, but I ...more
Lucy (TheBookBelle)
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this on submission and adored it - CLEAN is a rare book, and one I'd recommend to all! ...more
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Previously wrote under the name James Dawson

Queen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson is the multi award-winning author of six novels for young adults. In 2016, she authored the best-selling World Book Day title: SPOT THE DIFFERENCE.

Her next novel is the beautiful and emotive MARGOT & ME (Jan 2017) which will be followed by her adult debut, the memoir THE GENDER GAMES (Jul 17).

Juno also wrote the bestsellin

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