Saturday, March 26, 2016

Clean - Mia Kerick (Book Review)

26954465Clean by Mia Kerick
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance
Publication date:
December 1, 2015
Publisher: YoungDudes Publishing
Format: ebook, 308 pages
How I got it: YA Bound Book Tours for an honest review
Buy it: Amazon Barnes & Noble
My rating: 5/5

High school senior Lanny Keating has it all. A three-sport athlete at Lauserville High School looking at a college football scholarship, with a supportive family, stellar grades, boy band good looks… until the fateful day when it all falls apart. 

Seventeen-year-old Trevor Ladd has always been a publicly declared zero and the high school badboy. Abandoned by his mother and sexually abused by his legal guardian, Trevor sets his sights on mere survival.

Lanny seeks out Trevor’s companionship to avoid his shattered home life. Unwilling to share their personal experiences of pain, the boys explore ways to escape, leading them into sexual experimentation, and the abuse of illegal drugs and alcohol. Their mutual suffering creates a lasting bond of friendship and love.

When the time finally comes to get clean and sober, or flunk out of high school, only one of the boys will graduate, while the other spirals downward into addiction.
Will Lanny and Trevor find the strength to battle their demons of mind-altering substances as well as emotional vulnerability?

Clean takes the reader on a gritty trip into the real and raw world of teenage substance abuse.


My thoughts:

This books gives the reader a lot to think about right from the beginning, it starts off with an overdose and then expands on how the characters got into that situation.   The story is very well written in regards to showing the downward spiral of alcohol and drugs.  I will try my best not to give to many spoilers.

Drugs are becoming more of an issue it seems in schools due to the abuse of prescription medications.   I love how the book showed alcohol abuse and needing a high, which lead to using prescription medications.  It is exactly how the news depicts the beginning of drug abuse.  The need to get high takes over and you try different things to achieve that.  The author did an excellent job conveying this to the reader.  It was easy to see how the drinking lead to the drugs.

Another aspect of the book that is very well written is that as a reader we actually get to see what happens after the overdose and how Lanny reconstructions his life this leads people to see there is hope after substance addiction.  Lanny was sent to a rehab facility and entered a AA program.  During the rehab we get to see that the entire family started going to therapy and a  lot of the issues that Lanny was dealing with in regards to his family where confronted head on.  Lanny also needs to make amends with people who he was wronger and that included Trevor.

Trevor's life also has some very large issues that he does not discuss with a lot of people and also tries to run away from.  Eddie becomes his caregiver during the book and tries to help Trevor to confront his issues.   Trevor is not able to fully open to Lanny until he comes to apologize for his wrongdoings.  Trevor does not warm up easily, but eventually see that he can open up to people. 

The author takes several large issues of substance abuse along with sexual abuse and does a great job writing about them where the reader can understand fully what is going on, but also it doesn't overwhelm the reader.  There is enough details that you know what is going on, but not to many details to feel like you can't read through it.   

Another issue touched on is communication, in the end everything does get better because the characters where able to open up and talk to one another.   I think that communication in any relationship is key and trying to ignore issues and not talk about them doesn't help anyone.  Lanny blamed himself for what happened to his sister and thought his parents blamed him as well, but in turn they were all feeling the same way, but not communicating it.   If they had been talking and maybe gone to group therapy before since it was a major life change would the alcohol become a major issue is a question I would want to ask.

I suggest this as more of a weekend read.  It gives you a lot to think about and I feel it takes some time to digest all of this information.   It is not that long of a book so it was easy to read over one weekend.  

I was received this from the YA Bound Book Tours for the purpose of providing an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


About the Author

Mia KerickMia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five nonpedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled men and their relationships, and she believes that sex has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuff'ed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to Dreamspinner Press for providing her with an alternate place to stash her stories.

Mia is proud of her involvement with the Human Rights Campaign and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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