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2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Clean by Mia Kerick (78-04-11-2016)

The first half of this book was really hard to read as the pain of the two main characters came off the page. By contrast there was a lot of hope in the second part for both. I did think that the portrayal of the family involved swung from rather extreme neglect of Lannie to the perfect family stretched my belief, but the underlying contrast rang true.

Clean by Mia Kerick
Gay Young Adult
Paperback: 306 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (December 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1517581044
ISBN-13: 978-1517581046
Amazon: Clean
Amazon Kindle: Clean

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.

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