by Emily Howse


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477816615
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About 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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Zitface 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!! :)
SusieBookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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?
girlaboutbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Zitface is a fresh, empathic and wonderful realistic read. If you read the plot's synopsis, you're probably thinking that this is just another coming-of-age-story. But Zitface is so much more than that.First of all, I commend Emily Howse for successfully portraying, through Olivia's character, that serious acne breakout does not only affects one's mere physical appearance but also one's emotional status that could possibly lead to depression. I genuinely appreciate how Olivia, the story's protagonist, developed throughout the story. From being a girl who let herself be controlled she learned how to break-free, be confident in her own way and follow her own lead and what she truly wants.I also enjoyed the supporting characters, like Olivia's bestfriend, Jenna and the super charming Theo. They definitely add different colors to the story that makes it more interesting and vibrant. Another aspect that I liked about the story was Olivia's relationship with her family. I thought the way they deal with their issues was very relatable and it felt real.Overall, I'm giving Zitface a solid 4 of 5 stars for its believable story and characters. I recommend this to everyone! :)
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
EKAnderson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing it just makes me want to read it more and more every time i finish a page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book i would suggest this to people who can relate
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Is it worth 17 bucks.????
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U should totally read this book. It is awesome!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I went to another bookstore for six dollars insted of twelve Im buying the six dollar one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
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I have heard this is sn amazing book from my friend. If you like exciting books, this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luved the book can so relate to the story except for he zit part lol peeps