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@Download Epub ì Clean õ You re probably wondering how I ended up here I m still wondering the same thingOlivia, 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 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 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 Jason alcohol , Eva pain killers and pot and Olivia diet pills and she has an eating disorder I won t go into the details of each of their stories, but I will say that I really enjoyed how the story was told At first of course everyone is really pissed off, with almost no hope left and very pessimistic about being able to rehab themselves But as the story progresses, you see how the teens cling to one another and use this as a building block of strength in order to face their demons and themselves I enjoyed Amy Reed s other novel, Beautiful, so I was definitely not disappointed by Clean There are some pretty mature topics included drug use, sex, profanity, etc , but I think it was necessary in order to tell the story I look forward tofrom this author 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 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 don t give a f% guy who who is anything but He is a true product of his environment, but IMO and to hell with being humble , a shot between the eyes is too good for his father.Eva oh, my darling girl, I love your soul You can t bear to face your own pain so badly that you have to make yourself a character in your own truth You are my modern day Anne of Green Gables with your lyrical words, the what if Anne who would have buried the very best parts of herself had she not found the grace filled love of Matthew and Marilla.Christopher I love your soul, too, kid Christopher wouldn t hurt a breath on this earth, but he doesn t know jack about protecting and loving himself Dare I say your mother s aversion to reality and her own addiction aided yours Seriously, dude, it gets better Trust in it.Olivia Straight up, honey Your mother traded her soul a long time ago Don t let her black hole existence suck yours down, too Olivia is the classic perfectionist who is wasting her life away in pursuit of it.Here s the thing I really liked about Clean none of the characters were overtly stereotypical Yes, in the beginning, it felt like maybe there would be some, but it s as if their common ground as addicts leveled the traditional differences There wasn t an obvious girly girl or jock to me these kids just were And just being instead of making them be this or that helped make them be very believable The five different stories are well woven together, without suffocating each other for space Kelly and Christopher take the lead most of the time and offer up the main narratives and introspection, but you get plenty of first hand accounts from all through rehab assigned essays and group therapy sessions I actually think the the latter two were my favorite parts of the book as you learnedabout all of them through these.Here s the thing I didn t care for as much with there being five characters, I got emotional at times, but I never fully became emotionally attached to any one character Well, maybe Olivia and Jason a little bit, but that s only because I want to bury their respective mother and father Alive Let the bastards suffocate in their own evil, I say, but hey, that s just me.I digress Forgive me Involuntary reaction towards negligent and abusive parents You understand, I m sure.Anyway, my point is that I would have liked the book to get a bit deeper I can t quite explain it, but since I was worried about everyone, I had difficulty allowing the book to really sink its hooks into me Some of the stores are truly harrowing, and you really do mourn for them given some of the homes they came from, but since the revelations came in quick paragraphs and then moved onto the next character, I never felt fully immersed in any one character s personal story You get involved in Clean, but you don t get owned.In the end, Clean is a good book about the different stories behind and reasons that can lead to addiction It s so easy to find your path slipping down that slope, and this is a tale of not only clawing your way back to sobriety, but also of facing who the real you as someone worthy of love and lifeBut it s one missed step One slip before you know it And there doesn t seem a way to be redeemed Sarah McLachlan, Fallen Original post at One More pageWhen 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, Original post at One More pageWhen 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 formed a little group in the rehabilitation center they all landed in after they made very bad choices in their lives Olivia is the girl who strives to be perfect in every way and ended up being OCD and anorexic Kelly is the beautiful, popular girl who has an addition to cocaine and alcohol, and in some ways, sex Christopher is the church kid who somehow got into meth Jason is an alcoholic who is guilty about something he did to his family Eva is addicted to painkillers, thinking it would numb the pain of her mother s death Away from cutting tools, drugs, alcohol and bad influences, the five form an unusual friendship that would help them through their time inside rehab The book is told in Kelly and Christopher s POVs, interspersed with dialogues and essays they had and submitted to their therapist.While I was reading this, I was also watching an episode of If You Really Knew Me the same show I referenced in my review of Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers I found that show relevant to this book too, probably because Clean involved teens coming to terms with who they are, only in a bigger scale The teens in this book are truly messed up because of so many things that anyone can experience The books shows that no one is exempt to the temptation of addiction, or at least, looking for an escape from life Sometimes even the most unexpected people will provide the means for addiction like parents, for instance I can t help but feel bad for the characters in this book, especially Jason His tough exterior is really just brought about by the equal and possiblyterrifying toughness of his military dad Even if it was only told in Kelly and Christopher s POVs, the other characters never lost any of their voices The in between therapy sessions and essays gave us a pretty good view on what the other characters were thinking, and I think Kelly and Christopher were effective in sharing the spotlight This book doesn t really have a big climax It s not necessarily boring there was a part that got me really worried for one of the characters, but the ending made up for it The story flows from one event to the next, making readers root for our little group and wishing them strength to overcome their trials, all leading to a hopeful ending Clean is contemporary at its core, and while it isn t an easy to novel to read, it s definitely an important one.Oh, and I really like the cover on this one I wonder how it would look like in the wild 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 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 the reason I didn t cry was it felt hollow, all the way Unfortunately, I m pretty sure Amy Reed intended for her book to be the kind that makes you want to curl up in bed and do abolutely nothing but cry Clean is told in several POVs Not all characters get the same amount of time and unfortunately, fucking Christopher is one of the two who speak the most.I very, very, very strongly dislike this guy Dude, you re 17 You DON T need your mommy to pick your clothes for you any You don t need her to tell you to go to church every Sunday YOU DON T NEED TO INSULT YOUR OWN FUCKING MOTHER BECAUSE SHE S FAT You don t need to throw a permanent pity party You don t need to think you re better than everybody else And, my god, how boring you are Hum.Regarding Christopher, there was this weird thing that bothered me at the beginning of the book, he appears like a paranoid person Everyone s looking at me weird They probably just had a secret meeting where they voted on how lame they think I am, and the verdict was very lame Add that to the fact that they can most likely read my mind, and basically I m doomed And then nothing Christopher just reveals his annoying self CONSISTENCY, where are you The other characters weren t as unnerving as Christopher, thank god.One thing the author managed to represent perfectly is how you feel when you re in a psychiatric hospital And tou don t need to be crazy to gain access I should know, I spent three months in one Not my happiest hours, I m afraid There were many quotes that I myself thought or said when I was in the hospitalWhat if I m too screwed up to fix It is a permanent chapter in my story, something I cannot undo, a page I cannot rip out.Do you remember Do you remember the world before the dark In that regard, I feel like the author did an excellent job This is why I ll recommend Clean to people who want to know what someone feels when they re in a hospital for a mental condition any, it doesn t have to be addictions without the story being too emotional