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 bad boy. 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 to 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 the emotional vulnerability?
Clean takes the reader on a gritty trip into the real and raw world of teenage substance abuse.
Rating: 5 stars
Clean by Mia Kerick is amazing. This contains some M/M romance, teen angst, and teenage substance abuse. Mia Kerick has masterfully woven all three of these areas into a magnificent novel that shows readers the true realistic yet ugly side teens abusing substances, alcohol, and sex. A well-written story that drags readers deep into a place where two male students…total opposites end up meeting each other. They both are struggling deeply with their own family issues and to solve those issues they spiral downward. They go from one bad thing to the next and soon they are left to change their ways or spiral further away from life itself.
Mia Kerick’s novel, Clean, is an inspirational teenage story that will affect many lives. Teens think there is no hope or a way of getting out of their bad situations…but there is indeed a way to climb out that doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol. Both boys in this novel, soon realize that they need to get clean…and that they have each other. Somehow that helps them and is enough to pull them both back up..maybe, just maybe they can finally have peace. Overall, I highly recommend this read to readers worldwide.