Clean by Mia Kerick : Blog Tour

Posted December 16, 2015 by Erica || 7 Comments

Welcome to my stop on the tour for Clean by Mia Kerick hosted by YA Bound Book Tours! I hope you guys enjoy my review and wait till the end for the awesome giveaway!

Clean by Mia Kerick : Blog TourClean by Mia Kerick
Published by Young Dudes Publishing on December 1st 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 242
Format: e-ARC
Source: Author, Publisher

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.

I was really excited to review this book. As soon as I read the synopsis I wanted to read it. When it comes to books dealing with drug abuse and/or depression I always want to pick them up. These things have affected my family so reading about them is something I enjoy. Some people avoid books that bring up those memories, but I go for them.

This book was wonderful. Seeing what these two guys went through was heart-breakingly beautiful. To see all the struggles that they went through definitely brought tears to my eyes. It was awful to see. Now, I don’t fully comprehend why people choose to do drugs or go through these things, but that’s not why I’m here. It does affect my review, in a way, because I don’t fully get it so it’s hard to connect. Though with that being said I still felt for the characters. When I saw them hurting, I hurt, which is something so spectacular. In books it’s hard for me to feel what other characters feel, but the author did this magnificently!

If you are looking at reading this book…be prepared. The first half of this book is super sad and it definitely is hard to get through, but I promise it’s worth it. This story is raw and real. My heart broke many times while reading this story, but what the author does just makes everything so wonderful even with all the hardships. I’m not saying wonderful as in a happy-g0-lucky book. She just did this book justice with her words and not letting it get sappy. Like I said above this story is real. She doesn’t sugar coat anything and that is what makes me love this story so much.

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  • Thank you so much for welcoming me to your blog and for the wonderful review of Clean!!

  • This does sound really sad and heartbreaking! I hadn’t heard of it before today, but I’m intrigued for sure now thanks to your praising review. I’m glad this was such a touching book for you.
    Wonderful review, Erica!

  • Oh gosh super sad! I don’t know if I’m looking for that right now but I definitely don’t mind a good heartbreaker read every now and then. I’ll keep this one in mind!

  • Just reading your review made me see how heartbreaking this story was to you, Erica. And I think authors who manages to keep their story real and gritty, not sugarcoating the bad stuff, are awesome. So of course, I’m adding this to my TBR 🙂