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Author: Matt Burns
Publisher: Somerville, MA : Candlewick Press, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Fifteen-year-old Kevin has acne, and not just any acne. Stinging red welts, painful pustules, and massive whiteheads are ruining his life. In an act of desperation, he asks his dermatologist to prescribe him a drug with a dizzying list of possible side effects - including depression - and an obligatory monthly blood test. But when he meets Alex, a girl in the lab waiting room, blood test day quickly becomes his safe  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Fiction
Humorous fiction
Juvenile works
Young adult works
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matt Burns
ISBN: 1536204382 9781536204384
OCLC Number: 1120976815
Description: 358 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Matt Burns.

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Fifteen-year-old Kevin has acne, and not just any acne. Stinging red welts, painful pustules, and massive whiteheads are ruining his life. In an act of desperation, he asks his dermatologist to prescribe him a drug with a dizzying list of possible side effects - including depression - and an obligatory monthly blood test. But when he meets Alex, a girl in the lab waiting room, blood test day quickly becomes his safe haven - something he sorely needs, since everyone, including his two best friends, is trying his last nerve. But as Kevin's friendships slip further away and he discovers who Alex is outside of the lab, he realizes he's not sure about anything anymore. Are loneliness and self-doubt the side effects of his new acne meds? Or are they the side effects of being fifteen?

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A wild ride through a teen's brain

by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2020-08-13) Excellent Permalink

This book is a gross, funny, poignant, realistic ride in the brain of a 15-year-old boy. Kevin suffers with severe acne that seems to define his life and limit his possibilities.  He whipsaws between "I am totally normal and forgettable" to "I am a total freak"--sometimes within a single thought. ...
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