Clean & Meat Market – Juno Dawson Book Reviews

Usually, when you hear “Young Adult Book”, you automatically think of a coming of age, young love, first heart break etc.

I was given the book “It’s a dirty business getting Clean” as a gift for my birthday. They explained to me that although it’s a young adult book, its worth the read and so I gave it a go.

Clean Synopsis

“When socialite Lexi Volkov almost overdoses, she thinks she’s hit rock bottom. She’s wrong. Rock bottom is when she’s forced into an exclusive rehab facility.
From there, the only way is up for Lexi and her fellow inmates, including the mysterious Brady. As she faces her demons, Lexi realises love is the most powerful drug of all.
It’s a dirty business getting clean.

Clean Review

This was one of those books I just couldn’t put down. I was reading it at every opportunity I had.
Although targeted at young adults, I truly believe this is a book anyone can enjoy. There are points throughout where you laugh, cry, cringe. You feel every kind of emotion possible throughout.

The main character, Lexi, is old before her time. Her actions, the things she says, are more of what you would expect of someone in their mid to late 20’s. But throughout the book you see the odd glimpse of her vulnerability. Her true age comes out and you see the child she really is.

I think it’s an excellent book. The way in which the author, Juno Dawson, has written the character is as though its someone you watch on tv, read about in the magazines, constantly have articles about them popping up on your Facebook Timeline. It makes her someone you feel like you know, but you actually don’t.

The book really portrays love as a drug which, in my opinion, I think is absolutely correct. Everyone always says “love makes you blind” “Love makes you do stupid things” and this book is like looking at that from another perspective. You can’t see it when its yourself but it really makes it sink in how powerful love can be, especially in someone young and vulnerable.

Clean Rating

Storyline – 10/10
Character Development – 10/10 (this book makes the characters very easy to imagine – it’s almost like each character is someone everyone knows)
Overall – 10/10

By far the best book I read in 2019, I almost wish I could read it all over again.

Meat Market Synopsis

Jana Novak’s history sounds like a classic model cliche: tall and gangly, she’s uncomfortable with her androgynous looks until she’s unexpectedly scouted and catapulted to superstardom.
But the fashion industry is as grimy as it is glamorous. And there are unexpected predators at every turn.
Jana is an ordinary girl from a south London estate, lifted to unimaginable heights. But the further you rise, the more devastating your fall …”

Meat Market Review

It seems silly saying this, but this book almost makes you feel as though you’re truly a fly on the wall in the modelling industry.

Everyone assumes models are these tall, beautiful, stick thin creatures who have everything in life, but we don’t really know what is going on.
You always read articles about models/actors who say they were bullied as a child and nobody can ever quite believe how someone so beautiful could ever have been bullied. This book kind of dives straight into that with the main character, Jana.

You’d expect that once someone becomes famous, everyone would want to be friends with them but in this book, the bullying continues. It’s so interesting to look into the lives of the models and see what goes on behind closed doors and, even though its fictional, it almost feels too real to not be completely accurate.

I think being a girl in your late teens is such a difficult time, and I can imagine so many of them wanting to be models would read this book and crash back down to reality. It does make modelling sound like an awful way of life but I definitely got the impression that Juno Dawson did a heck of a lot of research for this book because, when I stop and think about it, it’s exactly how I imagine the modelling industry to be.

Meat Market Rating

Storyline – 8/10
Character Development – 8/10
Overall – 8/10

I definitely preferred Clean over Meat Market but both were excellent. There were a couple of characters and relations that I just didn’t think seemed possible, I couldn’t picture certain parts happening, therefore the reason for a lower rating to Clean.

Despite this, I still think it was an excellent book and, much like Clean, you feel so many different emotions while reading.

I truly did love this book and think both of them are such powerful stories for any age. A must read!

Have you read either of these books?
Are there any other books you’d recommend I read based on these two?

Let me know in the comments 😊

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