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Lexi doesn't come out of Clarity with an unshakeable will, never to be tempted again, because that's not how addiction works. However over the course of the book I found myself really getting behind her as I started to understand the real pain she was going through and struggles she had to overcome particularly in regards to the toxic relationships she had been in. If you’re not familiar with what becoming clean entails, then be prepared for the shocking and upsetting reality. One of the greatest quotes in Clean has to be 'Why can't we be honest and say 'drugs are boss until you almost snuff it, your brother abducts you and you start shitting the bed'? 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.

Colourful yet troubled, the reader gets to meet the myriad of multi-layered characters that bring another dimension to the story and prove pivotal in Lexi’s recovery. Clean is a journey not just about getting of drugs, but a journey of Lexi finding out who she really is underneath her party girl persona. One follows Lexi’s struggles, at first the physical withdrawal symptoms and then later the more mental ones.Clean is dirty privilege and a messed up cast, an ugly story brought to life with beautiful writing.

Granted, I read this novel in one-sitting, but that was due to the fact that I read it as part of a readathon; I didn’t abandon it part way through so that shows it can hold your attention to the end, however, it won’t wow you in any way. The way the detox is described is both harrowing and beautiful in its honesty, there is nothing that is glamourized about detoxing from drugs. That said, she’s exceptionally well written and complex, and I love her with the horses, and the moments with the others in rehab. Usually I stear clear of those kind of characters cause I can never bring myself to symphatize with them.

In her spare time, she STILL loves Doctor Who and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music. b. this is so small, but really made the book for me: the sentiment that when you no longer feel safe, you're an adult.

This is a YA novel about a teenage girl named Lexi, who comes from an incredibly rich and privileged background. Lexi’s party girl mentality and serious substance abuse issues lands her in rehab-an exclusive one at that.Whether it was showing the toxicity of some relations, how co-dependency can be risky or the importance of true friends who know your weakness yet still support and love you with no pretence.

By the end of the book I became completely invested in Lexi’s story and wanted to see her and her friends overcome their addictions. Aber danach … sobald dieser kalte Entzug vorbei ist, scheint es so, als seien all diese Jugendlichen “geheilt”. I was curious to see how a YA novel would handle the drug use, whether the author would shy away but in fact quite the opposite was true.Some of the locations and discussions on London nightlife made me laugh, and Lexi’s early comment about a cup of tea was brilliant. It emphasises how drug addicts are not bad people and are often a victim to the circumstances they’ve been through. An emotional freight train of a novel' Heat 'As bold and gritty as it is fabulously glossy and readable' Observer. The majority of people tend to prejudge drug addicts and this book definitely emphasises that we shouldn’t do this. It really is a well written book, and a good message, I’m just not sure the writing style is for me and struggled to connect with the premise.

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