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Zitface by Emily Howse

Zitface (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Emily Howse

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Authors:Emily Howse
Info:Marshall Cavendish Corp/Ccb (2011), Hardcover, 202 pages
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Zitface by Emily Howse (2011)



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Realistic. Teen narrator sometimes sounded too adult. Good choice for middle school. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Feb 11, 2016 |
Big Kid Reaction: I have mixed thoughts on this book. I picked it because my daughter (11) wants to read it, and I wanted to see what it was all about. With Olivia telling the story, it will help girls see themselves (and their dreams). I also liked how she learned more about herself and grew up. Still, Olivia's lying bugged me.

Pros: Girls who are self-conscious about themselves - particularly how they look - may find comfort in Olivia Hughes. The story is sophisticated enough for high school readers, and this has potential as a high interest - low readability book.

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  TheReadingTub | Apr 24, 2013 |
It’s no secret that a teen’s worst enemy (you know, after mean girls and final exams and parents and skinny jeans and, you know, all that other stuff) is acne. So when thirteen-year-old actress Olivia Hughes gets her first pimple, it’s no surprise that she pretends she’s having an allergic reaction rather than admit she has less-than clear skin. The thing is, even if it weren’t for the fact that she’s barely getting by as one of the cool kids and is desperately trying to keep the interest of the new hottie in school, a few pimples could more than derail her social life — they could derail her career.

Olivia dreams of doing TV and movies, but for now she’s working in commercials. Sure, she wishes her dad would understand her passion, but her mom gets it, and her crazy agent seems to love her. In fact, she’s just landed a great campaign with a local amusement park, Whacky Water. Of course, that’s when the pimple shows up, followed by an acne diagnosis. Desperate to maintain the status quo across the board, Olivia tries everything to hide her zits. From pancake makeup to risky steroid injections, she’ll do anything to have pretty skin. Of course, if Olivia isn’t who she appears to be — fancy up-and-coming star — nobody is. And that hottie? He’s kind of a jerk. Her friends at school? Well, at least one of them is a bit shallow. And her agent? Let’s just say things are about to get ugly.

In this sweet tween debut, Emily Howse tackles some tough issues with poise and humor, and ZITFACE is sure to resonate with fans of Lauren Myracle and Judy Blume. Out now from Marshall Cavendish, readers looking for something cute, contemporary, and girlie should definitely give ZITFACE a read. ( )
  EKAnderson | Dec 23, 2011 |
Thirteen-year-old Olivia Hughes thinks she has her life figured out - even though she's only in eighth grade, she's an actress who's just landed a national ad campaign. Olivia's life is going well, even with her parents' recent divorce; the cute new guy at school seems to be noticing her, and she has some great friends. But all of this might change with one little thing: a zit that morphs into a full-blown case of acne and threatens her career, self-esteem, and relationships.

Despite the seemingly trivial nature of the book (come on, all of this drama over acne?!), I found Zitface to be an enjoyable read. Acne isn't the only issue covered in the novel; it's joined by puberty, first dates, middle school gossip, divorce, parent-child relationships, and a bit of bullying. Olivia's voice matches that of your typical thirteen-year-old, and while those of us who are older may underestimate the importance of what eighth-graders consider major drama, this book is perfect for middle school girls who are dealing with many of the issues being covered. To you parents still watching what your daughters read, did I also mention that this is a completely clean read? ( )
  SusieBookworm | Jun 5, 2011 |
This is a cute, coming of age story about a girl who has to live with zits. I simply adored Olivia. As a reader, Ms. Howse really did capture the voice of a young teenager. Olivia is living a perfect life. Friends, family, boys and then zits. Lots of them!

I really liked how Olivia's characters dealt with everything. She dealt with it with how a normal teenager with deal with it. She freaked out, wanted to stay home, demanded more treatment. All the teenage drama plus a a little sister who makes fun of her made me laugh.

The whole plot of the story was cute and a life lesson learned. Olivia had to learn that not everything is in her control. That it is okay to be a normal teenager and not perfect. I love how well Olivia's mom dealt with things. She did her best to be there for her daughter, and help out whenever she could.

Zitface is fresh, fun and easy read. This is a book that I would definitely picked up for my teenage daughter (if I ever have one) but it is on that I would definitely recommend to those coming of age. ( )
  Bookswithbite | Apr 28, 2011 |
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Thirteen-year-old Olivia Hughes has always considered herself a lucky girl. She knows what she wants to do with her life—be an actress. And she’s already on her way. She just landed a national ad campaign that should get her noticed. But then her luck runs out. A little pimple turns into a full-blown case of acne, with serious side effects for her career, her relationships, and her self-esteem. Now all she wants to do is hide, but she can’t. She goes from being the girl at school who everyone wants to be to Zitface, a girl who is teased, dumped, and even fired. What do you do when you’ve lost control of everything in your life? Olivia has to find out the hard way. And maybe what she finds isn’t so bad after all. The book includes an author’s note about the psychological and medical issues involved for teens dealing with significant acne. The author is a licensed mental health counselor who has worked in California and Texas schools.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:09:15 -0400)

When a serious case of acne threatens thirteen-year-old Olivia's budding relationship with classmate J.W., as well as her career as an actress in television commercials, she must rethink the path she has been following.

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