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Come Clean

Come Clean [Kindle Edition]

Terri Paddock
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Mesmerising, moving novel from an exceptional author about one girl’s struggle to cope after being wrongly admitted to a boot-camp-style rehabilitation centre. A powerful and page-turning read.

Justine is trying to cope with the desperate loneliness she feels now her twin brother, Joshua, no longer lives at home. After trying to drown her feelings with her first ever experiment with alcohol, she is woken early by her mother one Sunday morning. Bundled into the car by her livid parents, Justine is driven to Come Clean, a rehabilitation centre for drug addicts and alcoholics. Confused, vulnerable and covered with vomit from her first hangover, Justine is forcibly admitted to cure her “addiction”.

There she begins a strict boot-camp routine of humiliation and discipline, where they attempt to strip her of her identity in order to rebuild her a better person. Justine escapes the daily torture at the centre by talking to Joshua in her head, reflecting back on their childhood and trying to puzzle out why her brother was a tortured soul… and why he chose to leave her.

Because of the intensely personal nature of the narrative, this book engages the reader instantly and, however tough the subject matter, it is a real page-turner. At its heart, Come Clean is about a girl's inability to deal her grief and her family’s ignorance of her pain. Justine shows strength, resilience, courage and hope while living a nightmare reality.

This is a book which should and will attract controversy, as teenagers and society struggle to identify the problems and the treatment for drug and other teenage addictions.

About the Author

Terri Paddock is an American author living in London. As well as writing, she runs the website WHAT'S ON STAGE. Although she has written one book for adults, this is her first book for children.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 530 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Flamingo (12 Aug 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040GIZK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #204,577 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting 11 April 2007
I am currently re-reading the book. When I originally read it, I was shocked and sometimes sickened by the treatment of Justine at "Come Clean". It was also fustrating how she couldn't get away, and how the simple neccessities of life were often denied to her and the rest.

But, when I came to re-read it, I took the time to read the author's statement at the front- "For my sister, and other Straight inc. Survivors"

Horrified at what this could mean, I instantly went onto Google and was disgusted at how sickeningly accurate and completely TRUE "Come Clean" is.

There was, and still is, (probably) an organisation that actually sunk so low as to submit youths to the psychological and physical tortures described in the book. READ IT.

(And Google "Straight Incorporated")
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 27 May 2006
By cait
i read a lot and its not often i come across a book that i am really gripped and astonished by. this book made me cry, with indignity for the injustice in which justine is treated. the situation of being set up and not having the power to defend yourself of your 'crimes' is a fantastic storyline. this book is great for all teengers and especially those who either don't read much, or those who read loads and are at a loss to find a decent book at the moment. i read this book four times, so will you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint-hearted 18 Sep 2004
This book is probably the most gruelling book Ive read in a long time. Its tough and at times you really have to grit your teeth and bear it but its a book you cant put down. Your instantly pulled into Justine's world from the 1st chapter and immediately begin to feel her horror as she's taken to Come Clean. The descriptions of Come Clean and what goes on at the centre shock and disgust but hold on in there as Dwight gets what he deserves. This novel really is a page turner and as much as you want to put it down you cant, you just have to know if Justine survives Come Clean...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly beautiful 26 Aug 2004
By A Customer
This book is quite simply wonderful. The descriptions of the Come Clean centre are both harrowing and shocking, but they are interspersed with poignant reminiscences as Justine looks back on her childhood with Joshua, her twin and soulmate. This juxtaposition makes the horror of her time at the centre all the more powerful.
This novel to tackles the themes of family, love, identity and hope in a refreshingly honest and original way. Not a book for the fainthearted but a must read for everyone else.
OK I admit it, I cried.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grueling but wonderful! 26 Aug 2004
By A Customer
OK, I admit it, I cried at the end. Luckily I was at home at the time.
This really is a beautiful book about love, family, hope and the strength of the human spirit. The main character, Justine, is really put through the wringer and the reader is with her every step of the way. You can't help but feel her helplessness as she goes through hell at the rehabilitation centre. The horror of her experiences at Come Clean are made all the more poignant by being interspersed with memories from Justine's childhood and her relationship with her twin brother.
This isn't a book for the easily shocked, but it really is a must read for everyone else!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Come Clean - psh 25 Aug 2004
come clean is a realy good book the main story line is realy smooth and flows well but the way its put together is a bit scew in my opinon you just get into the story then your interupted by a chapter containing the main charicters flash back then a chapter or two later when yr back into the main story again another flash back wich mostly ha nothing to do with the story but the main story what a winner justine the main charicter makes the book come alive for me the description in it makes you feel like your in the ordeal with her overlooking everything like a fly on the wall amazing
- - - Justine Tovey (14)-sunderland
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better with time 18 Nov 2010
I bought this book on the reviews I read on here and decided to give it a go even though it isn't something I would usually pick.

At first I found the writing style hard to get into and read for more than a chapter or two, but somewhere in the middle it gripped me and I could not put it down. It can be hard to read at times and upsetting to people who have been through similar situations. It makes you sad and angry and thankful that your parents aren't like that.

The end is a bit rushed through for me but as I have said it is well worth a read, just give it a chance

(I am 26, so it is not just for teenagers, I think adults could actually relate more to this than teenagers)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Mindblower 26 Jun 2010
By Jin
I saw this book in my local library and decided to borrow it.
I'll admit that I thought it was just another one of those teenage, whiny novels, the ones where the main teenager thinks that she knows everything. How absolutely wrong was I.

This novel travels between Justine's current position in Come Clean, to her past memories. As each chapter progresses on, we discover more and more about her brother, and the closeness of their vulnerable relationship. The memories written from Justine's point of view highlights how important her brother was to her. However the real twist is at the final memory chapter. I was totally overwhelmed.

But what's real good about this book is the fact that Terri Paddock has described everything so clearly, that the readers themselves are able to visualize Justine's position, and able to feel everything she experiences throughout the novel. I wasn't persuaded to see things from her point of view, I was forced into it. The harshness of the content literally terrified me.

Come Clean is the first book that I've read up to now that is truly grueling. And I read A LOT.
I actually cannot put this book into a specific genre, but I would highly recommend everyone to read this book. You'll be shocked just as I was.

This is definitely, without a doubt, worth every penny that you spend.

WARNING: do NOT turn to the last page, it would spoil EVERYTHING.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They were so cruel...yet I couldn't bring myself to stop reading.
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This is an absolutely brilliant book. It managed to bring tears to my eyes on more than one occasion as it is so horrifying and emotive. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2007 by RD
5.0 out of 5 stars A visit from my past
My brother was in Staight in Northern Virginia in the mid-late eighties (if the time line of the book is accurate, probably at the same time the authors sister was). Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2006 by cah925
4.0 out of 5 stars Impossible to put down
I found this book almost impossible to put down from the very minute I started reading it, the twists and turns and gradual almost sinister revelation of each horrible fact... Read more
Published on 13 July 2006 by HS Mcsweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and very moving
Do not miss this book! I have never been so gripped by a book in a long time, but this had me staying up untill the early hours reading it! Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2006 by Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars A very gripping story.
Justine Z is a compelling character in this shocking story of a 'Rehab' centre for teenagers. Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2006 by sooz :)
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching story full of vivid characters
Come Clean is one of those books that you have difficulty in putting down. To begin with, reading about a young girl who is taken into rehab, not knowing whether she is an addict... Read more
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