Caroline Carpenter, The Bookseller's web editor and one of the panel of judges said: "We’re delighted to share this year’s YA10, showcasing the breadth and brilliance of YA publishing in the UK and Ireland today. Among the submissions, we saw three main trends: books about teenagers struggling with their mental health, books set in or around water, and books increasingly concerned with borders. These timely themes reflect some of the biggest issues facing not just young people, but also society in general at the moment, and they are all represented on the shortlist in some way. I’m excited to see which book the judges select as their victor.”
While it’s pacy, funny and in parts very touching, Clean is most definitely not subtle...What feels spot-on are the group dynamics and fledgling friendships that take place once Lexi has undergone eight painful days of detox and joins group therapy sessions. The other residents have a variety of reasons for being there – eating disorders, drug use, OCD.