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.
This was an intense book on soooo many levels. First off, you have the sexual abuse. Secondly, you have the drug and alcohol use and addiction. Last of all you have a myriad of emotional trauma from those and other obstacles the characters face.
Like I said….intense.
I would like to start off by congratulating the author for taking on such extreme subject matter. Every facet of this book is realistically portrayed. Fantastic job.
My heart went out to Trevor. What a horrible existence he was leading. No one should ever have to endure what he did. Ever. His cold demeanor and hostility are understandable in his situation. He is tough as nails to of endured what he did and still find it in him to love. When all he know’s is torture and pain, I can see how Lanny was a bright spot in his darkness.
Lanny is going through pains of his own. I can understand the feelings of guilt he has. A big brother is taught from the beginning that they are supposed to protect and keep their younger siblings safe. It’s easy to feel that guilt as well as the feeling of being lost among your own family. A tragedy can tear each member of a family apart.
Dulling their pain with drugs and booze brings the boys together and then apart. I was heartbroken reading as they spiraled out of control. I was definitely invested in these characters.
On top of each young man’s individual hurts is their sexual awakening. It is not easy in this world to come out as gay.
Kerick does a fantastic job of examining these feelings.
I like the use of the word “clean” in this book. It was symbolic.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed the book and thought Kerick did a great job of appealing to a readers emotions as well as representing the realities of these situations
The only complaint I have is the odd language that is used when Trevor is narrating. It took me about half the book to get used to it.
I give this book 5 stars.
The Technical Data:
Title: Clean | Author(s): Mia Kerick |
Publisher: Young Dude’s Publishing / Publication Date: 12-1-2015 |Pages: 242 (Kindle) | ISBN: B016AUC2HM | Genre(s): Young Adult / Romance |Language:English | Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 2-1-2016 | Source: Copy from author