Summary From Goodreads:
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 …
4.5//5 ADDICTING STARS TO THIS FABULOUS READ!!
If Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl went to rehab, this would be here story…
This was my first ever Juno Dawson book ever and going into CLEAN I will admit that I did have some expectations. I am incredibly glad they have been met! Okay so, I find it so ironic that this book deals with drugs and addiction but the book itself is like a drug. You will most definitely be hooked and addicted from the start!
Our main protagonist, Lexi, is an Heiress, spoilt, loved and filthy rich. She is admitted into a rehab facility by her brother as she is addicted to Heroin. Lexi, although being rich, is definitely not annoying as a main character. She isn’t whiney, neither does she come across as spoilt. Quite frankly, she comes across as being quite a realistic character, which I was certainly impressed by!. Dawson writes this book in many parts, each part encompassing the different stages of addiction like PART 1: I admit I have a problem. Lexi goes through these processes and it’s intriguing to see how it all unfolds.
In addition, Lexi does have a secret that she is keeping, which gave this book a more Gossip Girl vibe which worked SO WELL and made it even more enjoyable. In addition, at the rehab, we meet a cast of characters who later become a dysfunctional type of squad. I REALLY enjoyed the friendships in this book and there was a lot of girl-on-girl love which was so refreshing as opposed to every girl hating each other. Ruby, Kendall, Brady, Saif and Dr Goldstein all fitted so, so perfectly within Lexi’s story and truly made for an enjoyable, fast-paced and dare I say sexy, dark and mysterious read!
In terms of portrayal and representation, I can’t speak for the portrayal of addiction but Dawson has stated in her acknowledgements that she has done her research and spoken to many survivors which is always great to hear! In addition there are gay and transgender rep in this book which was handled incredibly well and definitely made a statement!
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this intoxication book. It will definitely suck you right in and will only let go of you right at the very end! Lexi’s story wraps up quite beautifully and gives a sense of satisfaction. The very last page hints at what Lexi chooses to do with her own story. Definitely looking forward to reading more by Juno Dawson.
Thank You to Pan Macmillan SA for providing me with a copy in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own
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