Zitface

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Olivia Hughes has it all: beauty, popularity, boys, roles in national commercials—what could go wrong? The title gives an indication, and when Olivia's face begins to break out in enormous pimples for the first time, she is horrified. So is her savvy mother, who doesn't want these blemishes to get in the way of Olivia's earning power. When Olivia's breakouts worsen, becoming the "hard, blistery" variety, the 13-year-old begins to despair. But zits are not the end of the world—that is the clear, at times heavy-handed message of Howse's first novel; the author, herself a child actress and acne sufferer, does not shy away from graphic descriptions of acne (and rather clinical conversations about treatment). Perhaps the excessive positive aspects of Olivia's lucky life are meant to counteract the horrors of her breakouts. Zit woes aside, she's almost unbelievably well adjusted, and her voice too often sounds moralizing ("I was determined to cut down on meat and dairy. Besides sparing innocent animals, it also might help my skin"). Overall, the book feels designed more to reassure than to entertain. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—At 13, Olivia Hughes knows what she wants to do with her life, and has already launched an acting career by landing parts in several commercials. Suddenly, on the day of her biggest audition yet, she gets a zit. Not only does she have to be treated by a dermatologist for her worsening skin, but she also has to deal with other stresses: a strained relationship with her mom, her feelings for a new boy in town, growing distant from one of her best friends, and an upcoming visit to her dad and his new girlfriend. As if this isn't enough, she is suddenly being scrutinized for every mark that appears on her face. The girl who seemed to have it all slowly starts losing it all, but in the end, that might not be such a bad thing. Olivia discovers that growing up is not always fun, but that she can learn from every experience. Howse provides a believable look at many common teenage problems, treating issues such as self-esteem, body image, divorce, and personal relationships. At times funny as well as heart-wrenching, Zitface conveys a wonderful message that people are not always what they seem and offers a story that readers can connect with and from which they can draw hope.—Rebecca Webster, Warren County Middle School, Front Royal, VA
Children's Literature - Patricia Williamson
A self-help book in the form of a realistic novel for young teens, this book is especially suited to girls although boys might enjoy the emotion of the story. Olivia Hughes is thirteen and has her life decided and plotted out. She is going to be an actress and is on her way to doing just that as she finds herself a candidate for an advertisement that is going to be filmed. Her life is stellar. She has fame, popularity and a budding relationship with JW, but all is lost when she gets her first pimple. Not just any pimple but a full blown case of acne. As far as Olivia is concerned her life is over. Her father, a distant and skillful lawyer, and JW's cousin Theo help her understand the important things in life. Through a series of doctor visits for medication, Theo's arthritis at a young age and her mother's fresh perspective Olivia is able to see that her career, while sidetracked, is not over and it is not all about her, all the time. A quick read that borders on psychology for young teens. Reviewer: Patricia Williamson
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—At 13, Olivia Hughes knows what she wants to do with her life, and has already launched an acting career by landing parts in several commercials. Suddenly, on the day of her biggest audition yet, she gets a zit. Not only does she have to be treated by a dermatologist for her worsening skin, but she also has to deal with other stresses: a strained relationship with her mom, her feelings for a new boy in town, growing distant from one of her best friends, and an upcoming visit to her dad and his new girlfriend. As if this isn't enough, she is suddenly being scrutinized for every mark that appears on her face. The girl who seemed to have it all slowly starts losing it all, but in the end, that might not be such a bad thing. Olivia discovers that growing up is not always fun, but that she can learn from every experience. Howse provides a believable look at many common teenage problems, treating issues such as self-esteem, body image, divorce, and personal relationships. At times funny as well as heart-wrenching, Zitface conveys a wonderful message that people are not always what they seem and offers a story that readers can connect with and from which they can draw hope.—Rebecca Webster, Warren County Middle School, Front Royal, VA
Kirkus Review
Severe acne can be painful and embarrassing to any teen, but the situation is especially calamitous for 13-year-old TV-commercial actress Olivia Hughes. She's finally started her period, and her face begins to erupt at the worst possible time. She's just sealed the deal on a national advertising campaign to be the next Wacky Water Girl, and J.W., the hottest eighth-grader, has finally noticed her. Her dermatologist suggests reducing stress, but that's not likely. Her agent is pushy, her...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477816615
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 701,457
  • Age range: 12 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Howse, a former child actress and acne sufferer, has written for ’Teen and TV Guide, and has been published in the young adult anthology Not the Only One. She holds degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Howse is a licensed mental health counselor and has worked in California and Texas schools. She now lives in Dallas with her husband and daughter. Zitface is her first novel. Learn more at: www.emilyhowse.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Zitface

    Zitface is a really good book about a thirteen year old inspired actress. Olivia Hughes is a normal 13-year- old whose life is as perfect as can be until she wakes up to find a zit on her face.
    The zit goes but is replaced by more zits. And Olivias world is turned upside down!
    The boy she has a major crush on asks her out but soon moves on to her best friend, her acting carrer is going down the toilet...and fast! Her sister is a total pest and not to mention that her and her dad arent the closest in the world and shes not a very big fan of his girlfriend either, and lets not forget the fact that she STILL has acne.
    But, toward the end everything starts to clear up. Im not going to give out much but lets just say that Olivia is making decisions that are great and finds the perfect boyfrined!
    I thought all of Zitface's 202 pages is worth the read!
    Hope this helped better then the overview!!! :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2012

    Best book ever :)

    U should totally read this book. It is awesome!!!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Awesomeness!

    I have heard this is sn amazing book from my friend. If you like exciting books, this is the book for you.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Gr8 book

    Luved the book can so relate to the story except for he zit part lol peeps

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    AWESOME Book

    This book is amazing it just makes me want to read it more and more every time i finish a page

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Amazzing

    I absolutely love this book i would suggest this to people who can relate

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Zit Face

    NOT WORTH IT !!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2012

    ????

    Is it worth 17 bucks.????

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    His is a good book. I suggest this to anyone who enjoys a good book.

    Yaaay

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Pricey

    I went to another bookstore for six dollars insted of twelve
    Im buying the six dollar one

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Not so great

    Kinda stupid. A commercial model gets acne. She is sad. She
    gets a biyfriend. They break up. She gets another boyfriend, and they are close. Soooooo dumb!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Molly

    Its AWESOME

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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