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Review of Clean by Juno Dawson

 

Lexi Volkov is a rich socialite but in need of help because with the privilege of her father's money, she has a drug problem nearly oding on heroin and needing to be revived. Her brother Nikolai worried about her takes her kicking and screaming to a treatment facility on an island (For me, this brought images of Shutter Island but that might just be the island comparison. We learn later that the kicking and screaming is the usual way of entering. One of the trigger to her addiction is her no good, user of a boyfriend who did some art but prefers drugs (I use user in botht he sense that he uses Lexi as a cash machine and also uses drugs, which he gets Lexi to pay for).  We delve into both the past of Lexi before coming to the cause of her problem and her life at the treatment facility with the other patients and staff there. The patients are being treated for a variety of problems. There is a bit to the novel, it is young adult but there is a bit of swearing, and some hard subjects from drug use, gender identity, anorexia and such.

 

When out of isolation, in the afternoons it is free time and for Lexi this means she goes to the horses which brings me to the unbroken horse Storm

 

 

Ellen, who we learn later when Saif dies is Lady Denhulme. There is a line she makes about how she doesn't want to give up on Storm, no matter how unbreakable he is.  I see a likeness in this to her support of the treatment facility where like Storm, she doesn't want to give up on these young people either. Storm at the beginning is like the patients admitted to the island

 

another point:

 

I also felt that Lexi might make a good counsellor herself. When Brady is at a low ebb, she is the one who talks him back from the brick. Same with Sasha when she takes the boat. She helps both of them in talking and listening to them.

 

I really loved Dawson's writing, it is funny but also a lot of heart to the novel. This was the second book of Dawson's I read and her first fiction that I have read.

 


a very endearing and engrossing read. I think I read 180 pages on Saturday afternoon.

 

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