Book of the Week, reviews, Young Adult

Book of the Week: Clean

Taking a break from the run of romance novels as Books of the Week to go for something completely different: Juno Dawson’s new YA novel Clean.  There were a couple of strong contenders for BotW, but this blew me away when I read it.  You will be hearing more of some of the other books from last week though – there’s one on there that’s not out in the UK yet that’s definitely going on one of my summer reading list posts at the very least.

Cover of CLEAN by Juno Dawson

Clean is the story of Lexi Volkov, the socialite daughter of a Russian hotel millionaire who definitely isn’t hooked on hard drugs and really doesn’t need to be in rehab.  Or at least that’s what she’d thinks.  She’s been checked into an exclusive treatment centre by her brother after nearly overdosing and the book follows her as she works her way through her treatment.  This is a Young Adult book, but it is dealing with a properly adult subject matter and in a very upfront way and realistic way.  I think this is one for the older end of the YA market – probably over 14 – maybe a bit older – although I was definitely reading stuff like this by GCSE sort of stage.  I found this so readable that I wanted to keep going – but had to take a break or two because it is a lot to take in and deal with.

Lexi is a brilliant character – at the start she is very abrasive and incredibly hard to like – and that’s by design I think.  It’s her addictions and the selfishness of the addict speaking rather than her real personality.  I only really started to like her about two thirds of the way through – may be later – and started really wanting her to succeed but even then she had her moments.  The book is also packed with interesting characters and great representation.  I don’t have any experience of inpatient treatment, but the book felt like was based on fact and reality – even if sometimes I wondered if there shouldn’t be some more staff around.  But then a bit of artistic licence is definitely allowable, and anyway as I’ve said – I don’t know anything about the reality of an expensive private rehab facility. I did have a few other minor quibbles and thought the ending was really clever – but I can’t say much more about any of that without spoiling things and breaking my rules about that sort of thing.

What I will say though is that this probably needs a trigger warning for pretty much everything – and not just for the drug taking and drug addiction.  As I said earlier, it’s definitely for the older end of the YA market, and I needed to take breaks while reading this.  But then as I’m a massive wimp who often doesn’t read books like this because they’re too dark for me, that’s probably not surprising.

I got my copy of Clean via NetGalley, but it’s out now and available in all the usual formats – Kindle and Kobo (and only £2.99 at time of writing) as well as paperback from all the usual sources.  I’d also expect to be able to find this fairly easily in an actual bookshop and may be even the supermarkets..  I’ve got another of Dawson’s earlier YA books sitting on the TBR shelf along with her non-fiction adult book The Gender Games and this has made me thing that I really need to get to them sooner rather than later.

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April Stats

New books read this month:  39*

Books from the to-read pile: 7

Ebooks read: 30

Books from the Library book pile: 1

Non-fiction books: 5

#ReadHarder categories completed: 7

Pop Sugar categories completed: 12

Most read author: Sue Grafton – the first SEVEN books of the Kinsey Milhone series!

Books read this year:  129

Books bought:  2 books and  13 ebooks (1 book preorder, 3 ebook preorders)

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 566 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (3 this month)

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March Stats

New books read this month: 28 *

Books from the to-read pile: 11

Ebooks read: 17

Books from the Library book pile: 0

Non-fiction books: 4

#ReadHarder categories completed: 4

Pop Sugar categories completed: 9

Most read author: Ben Aaronovitch (one novella and one comic)

Books read this year: 90

Books bought: 5 – 2 books and 3 ebooks

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 536 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (2 this month)

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February Stats

 

New books read this month: 28*

Books from the to-read pile: 11

Ebooks read: 16

Books from the Library book pile: 1

Non-fiction books: 3

#ReadHarder categories completed: 3

Pop Sugar categories completed: 3

Most read author: Dorita Fairley Bruce, Tamsen Parker and Colin Watson (2 books each)

Books read this year: 62

Books bought: 9 ebooks and 5 books

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 521 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (0 this month)

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January Stats

Another January, another slightly tweeked Stats post – this time to add in the second reading challenge I’m doing this year.

New books read this month: 33*

Books from the to-read pile: 18

Ebooks read: 14

Books from the Library book pile: 1

Non-fiction books: 4

#ReadHarder categories completed: 3

Pop Sugar categories completed: 2

Most read author: Angela Brazil

Books read this year: 33

Books bought: 5 – 4 ebooks and 1 book

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf: 515 (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (6 this month)

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December Stats

Welcome to the end of year stats.  It was on track to be a record year and then December derailed it somewhat.  But somethings are more important than reading and luckily it all seems to have turned out alright in the end – even if I haven’t managed to get the end of year review posts up as I would have liked.  They are coming though.  Promise.  Anyway – the final month of 2017 is over and the final figures are in:

New books read this month: 22*

Books from the to-read pile: 9

Ebooks read: 13

Books from the Library book pile: 0

Non-fiction books: 2

#ReadHarder categories completed: 7

Most read author: Sarah Morgan (two books)

Books read this year: 340

Books bought: 3 ebooks and 1 proper book

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf:  (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (3 this month)

Read Harder Bingo card with all the squares crossed off
I did it! I did it! I did it! (and with 2 and a half whole hours to spare!)
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November Stats

New books read this month: 28*

Books from the to-read pile: 8

Ebooks read: 14

Books from the Library book pile: 2**

Non-fiction books: 0 – but I have one on the go

#ReadHarder categories completed: 0

Most read author: Jill Shalvis

Books read this year: 317

Books bought: 4 (!!!!) 2 actual books and 2 ebooks, one of which is a preorder. Miracles will never cease.

Books on the Goodreads to-read shelf:  (I don’t have copies of all of these!)

*Includes some short stories/novellas/comics (7 this month)

** Some of the figures appear not to add up this month for complicated reasons relating to the Chronicles of St Mary’s collected short stories which I borrowed from the library and had already read some of. Basically it counts for 1 in the library book pile (for the actual physical copy of book), but 4 in the books read count (because that’s how many of the short stories I hadn’t already read) to make it reconcile.

Uh oh. Am I going to do this? Fingers crossed…