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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,
Hardcover, 202 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Skyscape
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The book zit face is about a teenage girl named Olivia, she loves doing commercials. She never thought that anything would stand in her way of acting, but little did she know that one day she was about to wake up with a pimple. After that it gets worse her one pimple turns into a whole face of them! She soon gets really worried about if she can keep doing her commercials. She starts to have drama at school with her friends and with boys. Later on she gets help for her pimples on her face. And yo ...more
ZITFACE is about a beautiful up and coming commercial girl named Olivia Hughes. Her agent Eleanor is her chubby, and strict. Especially when it comes to Olivia's career.

Olivia lives a lustrous life. (Money, Friends, a soon-to-be boo named J.W, and a job that makes her happy, what could be better?) Until one measley little zit ruined it all. Olivia and Mrs. Hughes thought that it was just a phase. Well, lets just say one zit led to another, and she becomes the infamous ZITFACE.
Olivia tries out
Gabbie Limbo
I chose the book Zitface because I thought that I would really relate to it. Zitface is about a girl named Olivia who thought that nothing could ruin her life especially when she is an actress. She then starts facing problems when she forms acne on her face. I like the quote " A lot of things had happened in my life this spring and most of it , I realized was good. I didn't want to hit the reset button. I wanted to keep moving forward. " because it helps me forget about the past and just move o ...more
Carey Hanson
realistic fiction - 2011 - ages 12 and up

I chose this book because of the cover. It was an easy read and I enjoyed it. But it isn't a book that I would reread. Olivia stars in commercials but starts suffering from very bad acne. I only had the occasional pimple so I can't really relate. These breakouts cost her her job and she finds out who her true friends are. She also struggles with her parents divorce and her father moving away but that gets resolved in the end. I knew she'd end up with Theo
Kiley Gruenberg
Period 4

Zit Face by Emily Howse describes about a girl, who practically has all of the looks a girl wants: a pretty face, nice hair, lovely smile, until one day she gets a zit on her face. Olivia Hughes lives a little north of San Francisco and her mom and dad are divorced. Olivia has a little sister and is the main actor in a commercial Wacky Waters. She’s doing fine in her lead role, until she gets a huge zit on her chin, and she is instantly rushed to a doctor to get it t
E. Anderson
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 ...more
Marrion James (The Book Associate)
It is a YA fictional contemporary novel (or MG?), I don't know if this is my 3rd or 4th book in this genre. Anyway, I am very honored to provide a review on this one. Shall we?

The Plot. The whole storyline is completely fictional but it targeted a realistic scene. Having acne is very annoying. And highlighting it in a book is pretty new for me. The truth is, I am pleased that this book is focused on a very issue of a typical ordinary teenager. Issues that actually occurred normally on a teenager
Zitface is a very relatable book because during the teen years, acne will constantly make you break out, at least, for some of us.

I can really relate to Olivia Hughes because when I first reached my teenage years, I would also break out. Olivia is in a different circumstance than I am because she is a star. She stars in commercials and appearance has everything to do with her career. As acne starts sprouting on her face, she goes to see a dermatologist. Olivia is good at starring in commercials
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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 appreciat
Olivia Hughes is a beautiful girl that loves being in commercials. She considers herself lucky, but her luck is about to change. Olivia is signed on for a national advertisement for a waterpark, only to wake up one morning to find a pimple on her chin. In her world, this pimple is a huge problem and she’s having a difficult time dealing with it and the bullying that comes along with it.

“Zitface” is a fantastic read for young girls entering puberty and experiencing the dreaded acne. Howse did a f
Cindy Hudson
Olivia likes being in commercials; she’s saving the money she gets paid in a fund for college, and she hopes the ads may be a springboard to more serious acting later. So she’s thrilled when she gets hired to be the daughter in a new ad campaign for Wacky Water…that is until her face breaks out with acne for the first time ever. Soon Olivia is seeing a dermatologist and taking medication, and her life is full of stress. She’s worried that her new boyfriend, J.W., won’t like her if she’s broken o ...more
Zitface was a unique and realistic debut that presents acne in a very believable way. At thirteen, Olivia Hughes has never so much as broken out before. She is popular at school, has a great group of friends, and the new guy JW is noticing her. Throw in the fact that she just secured a spot on the national Wacky Water ad campaign and her life is set. But then Olivia gets a pimple. And then another. And suddenly Olivia is suffering from full blown acne. The way people reacted to her and treated h ...more
ZiTFACE by Emily Howse is one of three books that I recently got from Marshall Cavendish. I’ll admit that I was a little surprised to get three books from one request, but I was also more surprised that all three were aimed squarely at readers “twelve and up.” So, I’m not the target audience once again, but when have I let that stop me? So here’s ZiTFACE from a college kid’s perspective.

Olivia has it all, great friends, good looks, and a job as an actress doing commercials. But then she gets a z
Savannah (Books With Bite)
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
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
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If Olivia was standing beside me, she'd probably say "See how acne can ruin your life?" and point at the ones scattered all over her face, and I'd roll my eyes and pat her. To this day I get pimples, and I know for a fact that you break out, most of the time, because you are stressed. There's no getting away from it when Olivia is stressed out because she doesn't want to have acne, and that's why she's getting them.

Readers get sucked in to Olivia's life and the v
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 seemingl
May 27, 2011 Rabiah rated it 5 of 5 stars
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When I first saw this book, I immediately though, "THAT's the book for me!" because you know why? I severe acne problems too. No biggie. It's one of the the things of being a teen. Sure, it gets annoying and hideous even, but it's natural. So I was dying to get my hands on this book, and so the lovely people at Marshall Cavendish sent me

The book Zitface takes place in Olivia's 8th grade year and the summer of her freshman year of high school.Olivia is a very popular girl and she likes to be in commercials. Olivia really enjoys acting in commercials and hanging out with her friends. She is chosen to be in the Wacky Water commercial and everyone is very jealous of her.Olivia gets acne and and her friends and family start making fun of her. Her friends start to ignore her and she feels very lonely for a little while. People who li
Zitface is about 14 year old Olivia Hughes- a pretty eighth grader who acts in commercials. She is well liked, has a budding career, and most recently, a cute new Boyfriend named JW. And she gets a possible big break-a thousand-dollar deal for a major waterpark. Her life is finally coming together... until a severe case of acne comes and ruins it all. She loses her muse, her peers respect, ad even her job. Olivia tries all of the acne treatments that her dermatologist prescribes her, but nothing ...more
Tyler Sherwin
Zitface by Emily Howse is a story about a 14 year old girl named Olivia, whose life was just starting to fall into place. Everything was going perfect in her world. She got hired for a commercial, had a boyfriend and was doing great in school. Sadly, this all ended for her when she started to have hormonal issues and woke up with a huge zit on her face. Olivia then has to face the challenges of being bullied along with losing things she loves, which she then realizes are not that great.

This book
Olivia Hughes acts in commercials while at the same time maintaining a semi-popular existence as a teenager at her high school. This all comes crashing down around her ears when she runs into a bout of fierce acne and soon enough she's fighting for her acting career as well as boyfriends and her social status.

Good story along the lines of The Winnie Years and The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things. Answers the question of what's more important in a teenage girls life.. Quick read and tho
ZitFace is a really good book by Emily Howse. it is about this girl named Olivia Hughes and she loves to be in commercials. She gets this really big opportunity to be in a water park commercial, but then Olivia has pupate and then every thing changes. She starts getting these zits on her face and she might not do the commercial. Olivia runs into lots of problems. Find out if Olivia can get past her Zitface.

I really like this book because there are a lot of real problems that can happen to a ever
Grades 6+

Eighth grader Olivia is a commercial actress who has just landed her first big contract. Too bad PIMPLES have begun to appear on her face (and other places). Can she keep telling everyone - including her new boyfriend - that they're an allergic reaction to a spider bite?

I was puzzled on where to age-place this book. On one hand, it has the one dimensional characters and didactic preachiness of a Babysitter's Club book. On the other hand, it has dating, talks of "sexual experience" and
Medeia Sharif
Olivia makes money off of her beautiful face since she acts in TV commercials. She’s the IT girl in school. To add to the excitement, a hot boy named J.W. is interested in her. Things turn for the worse when she develops a huge acne problem. She doesn’t have a few easily popped pimples, but deep-under-the-surface red acne. She lies to her friends by telling them she has some other medical condition. When her dermatological treatment doesn’t work, the truth comes out that she has a typical teenag ...more
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 re
Olivia is thirteen years old, and fabulous. She's the star of a new line of commercials, sh's this close to having an awesome boyfriend that all the other girls want, and her group of friends are just right for her. But when she gets her first zit, things start going dowhill. how Will she stay on top of such a dog eat dog world? She's not sure, but she's on the verge of finding out.
The characters of this book are young, and the content is so easy to read. I'd say this is for sixth grade and up,
I totally loved this book! I can relate to Olivia a lot by her personality and what she does! This book is really different from what I usually read.
I love the way Olivia overcomes the problems of having acne, getting dumped, and getting fired. It is an inspirational book for many young teens.
This book is for young teenagers, not young adult or adult. But once you get to know the characters, it´s a nice little story about typical teen problems and life changing in high school.
Jul 10, 2012 Laura added it
Olivia doesn't belong to any extracurricular activities and doesn't really pay much attention to boys because she is too busy acting in commercials. When she gets a national campaign with Wacky Water Park, things start to change. One she meets a boy that she really like and two she starts getting acne. You might imagine acne and acting does not go together very weel, so she tries everything to get rid of the acne. Will she finds something that works? Will she get to continue acting in her big co ...more
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