Zitface 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. 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.

About Emily Howse

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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
Published January 6, 2012 by Skyscape. 207 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books. Fiction

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Just when you think every possible teen affliction has been covered in young adult literature, along comes Howse's debut novel about the perils of acne.

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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

Feb 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Zitface

Gr 5–8—Thirteen-year-old Olivia Hughes was a pretty, popular eighth grader starring in TV commercials and dating the coolest boy in class. Then puberty arrived along with a bad case of acne. Dr. T, the dermatologist niece of Olivia's commercial agent, doesn't have a quick fix for her complexion a...

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