Clean by Amy Reed

71%

43 Critic Reviews

The hard-hitting scenarios and abundance of white space make this a perfect suggestion for Ellen Hopkins fans.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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 about their pasts. And they certainly don’t want to share their darkest secrets and most desperate fears with a room of strangers. But they’ll all have to deal with themselves—and one another—if they want to learn how to live. Because when you get that high, there’s nowhere to go but down, down, down.
 

About Amy Reed

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Amy Reed is the author of Beautiful, Clean, and Crazy. Born and raised in and around Seattle, she now lives in Oakland, California, with her husband, a dog, and two cats. Find out more at AmyReedFiction.com and follow her on Twitter at @AmyReedFiction.
 
Published July 19, 2011 by Simon Pulse. 290 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Clean
All: 43 | Positive: 35 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 15 2011

The hard-hitting scenarios and abundance of white space make this a perfect suggestion for Ellen Hopkins fans.

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The Daily Fig

Excellent
Reviewed by Ellen on Jul 19 2011

Amy Reed truly did an amazing job telling the separate stories of the five characters’ transformations.

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YA Highway

Excellent
Reviewed by YA Highway on Aug 01 2011

The sharp individual voices and intriguing home lives of these teens is what hooked me in the beginning, but by the end I found myself rooting for them all.

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Chick Loves Lit

Below average
Reviewed by Shanyn on Aug 14 2011

I know that there are people out there that loved Clean – I’m just not one of them.

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Rather Be Reading

Good
Reviewed by Magan on Feb 10 2012

If you are a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson, you will love Clean.

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The Book Scoop

Good
Reviewed by Rowena on Jul 26 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and though it's a bit on the dark side (issues wise), it's still an outstanding read and I totally recommend it.

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Early Nerd Special

Good
Reviewed by Clementine Bojangles on Aug 05 2011

Fans of books like Go Ask Alice might find a kindred spirit here.

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Letters Inside Out

Good
Reviewed by Amanda on Jul 13 2011

I’ve never read Amy Reed’s previous book, Beautiful, but now I definitely know I need to check it out.

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Stacked

Good
Reviewed by Kelly J. on Jul 11 2011

This is one of the strongest written books I've read in a while.

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One Book At A Time

Below average
Reviewed by Page on Aug 25 2011

I didn't really like the 4 person storyline, especially when a couple characters didn't have a distinct voice.

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Rondo of a Possible World

Good
Reviewed by Courtney Ann on Aug 16 2011

I just wanted to jump in that book and scream "I'LL BE YOUR FRIEND!"

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The Garden of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Lisa on Aug 08 2011

Part of me blamed the parents for their actions which possibly pushed their children into drug abuse and the other part of me really disliked that the kids blamed their parents.

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Blkosiner's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Brandi Kosiner on Apr 04 2011

It moved me and I think given a chance it will speak to everyone who reads it.

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Zoe's Book Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by Zoe on Jul 19 2011

Amy Reed has an incredibly strong writing style that, mixed with a topic as serious as addiction, really made Clean stand out from other books I’ve read this year. I think that people really should read this book. It is beautifully written and incredibly engaging.

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Small Review

Below average
Reviewed by Small Review on Sep 19 2011

I felt depressed and wrung out after reading it, especially given the open ending that offers only a little hope.

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A Casual Reader's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Lisa on Aug 10 2011

Just like in real life, the end wasn't cut and dry.

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There's a Book

Good
Reviewed by the1stdaughter on Aug 04 2011

Clean is more than a story about five washed up teens struggling through their own version of rehab. It’s a story about self-awareness, confidence, strength, friendship and most of all hope.

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Willa's Ramblings

Good
Reviewed by Willa on Mar 26 2012

Clean is another amazing novel by Amy Reed that shows the brutal truth of teen’s lives and what they face as they grow up, and ultimately, who they are.

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Taming the Bookshelf

Below average
Reviewed by Tara Reads on Aug 15 2011

I like my "druggie" books too be a little more gritty and shocking. There didn't seem to be much raw emotion.

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Pawing Through Books

Below average
Reviewed by Peggy on Aug 15 2011

I believe this book is for older teens, it might be a bit to harsh for younger ones.

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Novel Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer on Aug 13 2011

Instantly, I was emotionally involved and heart-wrenched in every way.

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The Elliott Review

Good
Reviewed by Jessi on Aug 09 2011

Seeing these teens work through all their issues broke my heart! I was also very moved by their bravery.

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Bibliophile Brouhaha

Below average
Reviewed by Bibliophile Brouhaha on Aug 05 2011

I would have liked the book to get a bit deeper.

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Uniflame Creates

Good
Reviewed by Uniflame on Jul 19 2011

It doesn't shy away from the raw emotions and doesn't sugar coat the road to recovery.

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YA, Why Not?

Good
Reviewed by Lovely Abigail on Sep 01 2011

This is a no-holds barred look at teenage addiction, with a in-depth look into some of the circumstances.

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J'Adore Happy Endings

Good
Reviewed by J'Adore on Aug 18 2011

The second you start reading Clean you get pulled in and it will not let you go until you read the last page.

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Aleeza's Rambly Blog

Good
Reviewed by Aleeza on Aug 04 2011

The characters, the way they deal with their lives falling apart, it rang so, so true.

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Books Devoured

Good
Reviewed by Books Devoured on Jul 12 2011

Olivia, Kelly, Eva, Jason and Christopher all made an impression on me.

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Respiring Thoughts

Good
Reviewed by Renae on Aug 16 2012

This is an author that deals with raw emotion and stark realism, and the end result is something worthwhile.

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It's a Book Thing

Good
Reviewed by Macy on Jun 10 2012

This novel was certainly an inspiration to me. I hope it is the same for you.

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Paper Paradise

Good
Reviewed by Keegan Shayne on Apr 02 2012

I’m thrilled to say that I fell head over heels for Amy Reed’s writing and her wonderful stories!

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Lydia Sharp, Author

Good
Reviewed by Lydia Sharp on Oct 27 2011

Amy Reed's writing style makes this a quick, gripping read.

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Books Are Vital

Below average
Reviewed by Melannie on Sep 12 2011

This book just was, it didn't leave me wondering or wanting more.

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DIY Writing

Good
Reviewed by Dana Sitar on Sep 07 2011

Amy Reed never intended to write Young Adult (YA) fiction, but she certainly knows how to pierce the heart of the genre.

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A Work of Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Laura Newcombe on Sep 01 2011

Reed’s prose isn’t the kind that runs up to scream in your face, begging for attention. It fits in with the theme of the book: unexpectedly beautiful.

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Frenzy of Noise

Good
Reviewed by Danielle Ellison on Aug 16 2011

Check out Clean for yourself. It’s a book everyone should read because it shows you the things that can push people over the edge.

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Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

Good
Reviewed by Mindy McGinnis on Aug 16 2011

In the very cluttered arena of teen issues and the YA books that delve into them, Amy Reed's new novel, CLEAN definitely stands out.

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The Story Queen

Good
Reviewed by Sonia on Aug 09 2011

It is hopeful and sweet but also leaves a lot up in the air, which I think makes it a lot more realistic. All in all, a powerful, well-written novel.

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Books to Infinity

Good
Reviewed by Gianne on Aug 06 2011

I recommend this book to everyone who likes contemporary, realistic novels. It's very mature, so I'd suggest it for teens 16 and up.

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The Radical Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Radical Librarian on Jul 29 2011

The ending was a superb letter from one character to the others, and it could basically be read to any teen facing drug addiction.

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The Bodacious Pen

Good
Reviewed by Tara Reads on Jul 22 2011

I really enjoyed Clean and had a hard time putting it down. I have a feeling if you pick it up you'll be drawn in like I was.

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Young Adult Smash

Good
Reviewed by YASmash on Jul 06 2011

I think this is a great book for teens and parents to read and discuss together.

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All of Everything

Good
Reviewed by Laura on May 26 2011

If you're a fan of Ellen Hopkins, 'issue' books, or just like contemporary fiction, check this one out.

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