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28 March 2018

Review: Clean by Juno Dawson

It took a while to finalise my book review for Clean by Juno Dawson. At the end of last year I read a sample and fell in love with it. Then I was lucky enough to be granted access on NetGalley to the full title. And wow. Clean is A Book, it's Special. And it blew my mind.

Clean by Juno DawsonAdd to Goodreads
A razor-sharp, adrenaline rush of a novel from award-winning author Juno Dawson, Clean is Gossip Girl meets Girl, Interrupted.

'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 the most powerful drug of all ... 

It's a dirty business getting clean ...

Addiction and redemption, love and despair. Clean will have you hooked from the first page.

Source: NetGalley Request

A note before my review
This book requires so many trigger warnings that a list of them would be longer than my review. And I'm not just saying that. 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 life with beautiful writing. Clean is glorious.

I knew from the very beginning that I would like this book. It is as challenging to read as it is compelling. It hits so many hard topics right at the core, but works through them, exploring the good and the bad. I could not put it down.

Lexi is a fantastic protagonist. She changes and grows, and her journey is incredible. She is no-nonsense and sharp, and I think I regarded her with more than a little awe by the end. She is entangled in so many toxic relationships (my catnip) and bad situations. I love her determination; not to change, to change. I love her conviction in herself; not having a problem, having a problem. Once she is sure, she is sure, and it takes a heck of a lot to challenge that.

This book is luxurious. Lexi lives a life of privilege, Clarity is an expensive and exclusive treatment facility. It's like Gossip Girl meets Skins meets Junk, complete with fashion, pop culture, drama, and basic bitches.

The story is split into the recovery steps from the Clarity program, and they very cleverly add to the story and make it all the more powerful.

As I read the final pages, all at once I wanted more and I wanted it to end. The story circles back in on itself as you read in the most wonderful ways, and I loved the choppy narrative and the slow reveal of past events.

"How stylishly broken we all are."


  1. This sounds like a book I need to read. You're so not helping my gigantic TBR.

  2. I love reading your reviews Cora and this one has given me a kick up the butt since I actually have Clean on my bookshelf so need to get to it ASAP! I haven't read a Juno Dawson book in ages but I can't wait for this one!

  3. Sounds like a really intense book, but in a good way! I love books that focus on realistic topics like this. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Oooh! This sounds interesting! I'm not sure if I'd be a fan of the choppiness, but I definitely want to give it a go!

  5. This is a great post! That books sounds so interesting, however I’ve not had the time to read lately as I’m super busy with uni but need to get back into it and read this recommendation aswell! X

  6. Your reviews are always great! It always makes me want to read the book, haha. This book sounds really interesting, I would love to try reading it. I need to finish the one I'm currently reading first though!


  7. I've been looking for a new book and this one sounds great! Thanks so much for the recommendation- x


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