Smooth

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Smooth
Written by Matt Burns
Format: Hardback
ISBN-10: 1536204382
ISBN-13: 9781536204384
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Smooth

author: Matt Burns

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?

Told in a bitingly funny first-person narration, this debut novel crackles with wry and wistful insights about the absurdities of high school, longing and heartbreak, and a body out of control. A surefire hit for teen boys and reluctant readers, Smooth gets under the skin of a tenth-grader who is changing — inside and out.

Kevin’s acne is horribly, hideously bad. Can a risky treatment fix his face — and his entire life? A witty and sharply observed debut.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$17.99 / $23.99
isbn-10/isbn-13:
1536204382 /  9781536204384
on sale date:
06/2020
type/format:
Young Adult Novel / Hardback
age range:
14 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
368 / 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
grade range:
Grade 9 and up
 
subjects:
Fiction; Health & Daily Living; General; Loners & Outcasts; Dating & Sex;
author’s comments:
Matt Burns grew up in Alpharetta, Georgia and wrote this book in New York. He currently works as an animation producer in New York City.
 
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