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An exclusive World Book Day story from UK Queen of Teen Juno Dawson.Avery has always suffered at the hands of the bullies, so when she’s given a seemingly-miraculous opportunity to join the ‘A-list’ she grabs at it with both hands. But appearances can be deceiving, and soon Avery’s not so sure she likes this new version of herself. And it’s only by overcoming her fears thaAn exclusive World Book Day story from UK Queen of Teen Juno Dawson.Avery has always suffered at the hands of the bullies, so when she’s given a seemingly-miraculous opportunity to join the ‘A-list’ she grabs at it with both hands. But appearances can be deceiving, and soon Avery’s not so sure she likes this new version of herself. And it’s only by overcoming her fears that she can learn the true meaning of being comfortable in your own skin....

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ISBN : 27268882
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Spot the Difference Reviews

  • Stacey (prettybooks)
    2018-10-25 07:21

    Avery has always suffered from severe acne and everyone seems to hate her for it, except her close family and best friend, who have always been supportive. But when Avery manages to persuade her parents to let her try a miracle cure, it changes more than her skin. Suddenly part of the A-List, the most popular teenagers in school, she's not sure whether is the best place for her. Spot the Difference is another fun contemporary story from Juno Dawson, full of teenagers with attitude, amazing best friends, and messages about being yourself.I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.

  • Maddie (Heart Full Of Books)
    2018-11-11 11:59

    This was THE BEST. Avery was such a brilliant character, and really inspirational. I've never read a book that talks about acne before, which is weird because so many people are affected by it. I loved how the story progressed, and that Avery did everything I wanted her to. She was grounded and really aware that popularity isn't all it's cracked up to be. I couldn't recommend this one more, it just made me want to go out and read more Juno Dawson! YA at its best!

  • Bruna Miranda
    2018-11-01 13:10

    O livro tem uma clássica história adolescente da menina que olha torto pra galera da "A-list", mas sempre quis ser um deles. Imaginem Meninas Malvadas sem o constante alívio cômico e ótimo elenco. Apesar de não passar nem perto de fugir do clichê, conversa muito bem com o ~os jovens de hoje em dia~ e tem mensagens diretas e claras (e boas!) É uma história adolescente realmente pra adolescentes

  • Claire-Rose
    2018-10-24 08:17

    Okay, so this book is book is a World Book Day Book, it cost me a grand total of 20p and is not even 90 pages long, so, on balance, I really don't feel like i can complain about it too much. But I did feel it had some pretty huge flaws.I'll start with the good. The subject of bullying is always going to be a tough and sensitive one to tackle and I am so glad that Juno took this opportunity to highlight it during World Book Day. I hope this leads to the subject matter being discussed in schools and hopefully helping someone. Anyone. One person and it will be worth it. Those early pages, describing the bullying felt very real and hit very close to home. Really painful for me to read even a decade after leaving school. So Kudos are clearly due there. The openness of the otherwise predictable ending is also a good point. What I disliked.This is a huge, painful, life destroying subject. And I'm not a hundred percent sure that a less than 90 page book could ever do it justice. Maybe this will act as an introduction to it, a way to get the conversation going. But as just a book, I felt it fell kind of flat and made the whole subject seem a little blasé. Which it isn't. The reaction of Avery's 'friend' was pretty diabolical. But, speaking as a former teenage girl, teenage girls can be rather petty. But this just felt really unnecessary. As was Avery's choice of words while campaigning of course. It made the moral of the story feel more like "it's okay to be a two faced abilist bitch as long as you learn a lesson in two pages or less".It all just felt like a poor man's Mean Girls - less funny, less enjoyable, more stereotypical and underdeveloped. but at less than 90 pages, maybe I am asking for a little too much.

  • Overbylass
    2018-10-18 11:16

    As an acne sufferer in my teens and 20s .I was pleased to see a book tackling this dreadful, confidence draining problem. Acne is always seen by the media as a funny thing-a teen 'disease' with a sufferer labelled as 'a spotty youth'.No other skin condition would be so flippantly dealt with, such as psoriasis and eczema but the effects of severe acne are no less debilitating. Getting up each day was a huge struggle, desperately trying to cover the spots-effectively creating a mask was exhausting! Avoiding any mirrors /reflections in windows became an obsession. I can recall taking huge detours in shops to avoid face height mirrors -thanks C&A Middlesbrough for all your mirrored walls! So yes, any book that can help in some way to highlight acne, especially one aimed at Secondary School age -the age when your confidence is tested to the very limits. As the book says 'school is about survival' ,so to have anything that sets you apart from the norm makes life even harder. I'm middle aged but can appreciate this book as someone who wasn't 'A-list' as as young person. As this book suggests it's having these problems that makes you ultimately a better person. It's true but it's so hard getting there!

  • Eeva
    2018-10-23 06:15

    I don't even know how to properly review this novella. It's not bad but it's not very good, really. It's kinda like Mean Girls in UK.The characters are not developed enough for my liking. And I have a very big problem that this book shows that you can be a total bitch to your friend if you learn a lesson out of in a page or two. That's not cool.I liked the ending, (view spoiler)[that we don't really know if Avery's face went back to how it looked in the beginning or not.(hide spoiler)]. I don't usually like open endings, but this one served its purpose.I would recommend it, but it's not like you'll miss awfully lot if you won't read it.Yeah, go and watch Mean Girls instead!You go, Glen Coco!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Ellie
    2018-11-10 12:18

    Spot the Difference is about an important subject for teens that often gets overlooked in fiction; acne. It’s something that so many of us go through yet characters in books have great skin, the most they get seems to be an odd spot. Avery has severe acne, so much so that she’s been seeing a specialist about it for years. Her mum’s been holding out putting her on medication due to side effects, but there’s a new drug trial on the horizon. What happens when Avery is freed from her skin?It’s not as shallow as it seems because, of course, Avery learns an important lesson. But your appearance is something that affects you a whole lot, even if deep down we know it shouldn’t. Plus Juno gives you a great World Book Day costume for future years in the finale!

  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    2018-11-16 07:16

    RATING - 3.5: Avery suffers from severe acne and constant bullying because of it. Now, as she undergoes a new treatment, she finds herself hanging out with the A-listers. A nice, fun, quick easy read about finding confidence in yourself.

  • KittyUnicorn
    2018-11-02 08:58

    Read it in a day!

  • Kirsty
    2018-11-16 07:13

    Fab little read which has a really poignant message.

  • Rachel
    2018-10-26 06:20

    Reading this made me viscerally remember how it felt to be a teenager, how hard getting through the school days can be and the terrible cruelty of classmates. Such a good short read to show young adults that they're not alone with these feelings.

  • Ross Duffy
    2018-10-23 07:59

    I love Juno Dawsons Work! This is a story that promotes a good message about being confident in who you are and that popularity isn't everything. Great Read.

  • Alyce Hunt
    2018-11-04 12:02

    "Anyone can be gorgeous. It just takes hard work and self-discipline."Juno Dawson's short story for World Book Day tells the story of Avery, a year 10 girl who suffers horrendously with acne. The A-list in her school have cleverly branded her "Pizzaface", making her life a misery and causing her inescapable dread every time she has to go to school in the morning. So when she has the choice to take trial drug Sebavectum, she jumps at the chance.This is the first part of the short story that annoyed me - I just really hate fake drugs. Apparently it's based on a real type of medication, but I think it would have been much better to not give it a name. Anyway, Avery starts taking this medication, and her skin clears up. She's ecstatic - the bullying will stop! - and soon enough the popular crowd are trying to absorb her into the A-list and make her one of their best friends. Avery gets the guy she's always daydreamed about, and everyone is happy - apart from her best friend, Lois, who is shoved to the sidelines.Then the campaign for Head Girl begins, and Avery decides to run against the school's Queen of Mean, Scarlett, to end her reign of terror. As you can tell, there's a lot going on in this short story - perhaps too much, because I didn't feel connected to the characters and I didn't really care about what happened. It was all a little predictable: unpopular girl becomes popular and tries to dismantle the hierarchy from inside, while losing herself the whole time. I've read books like it before (off the top of my head, 'Stella' by Helen Eve is a close comparison) but without the factor of acne being involved - I actually really appreciated such a frank and straight-talking approach to the problem, because a heck of a lot of teenagers suffer with their spots but they aren't often mentioned in books because they aren't glamorous.I think this could have worked better as a full novel rather than a short story because - with the character development, the burgeoning relationship between Avery and Seth, the rivalry between her and Scarlett and the knowledge that the Sebavectum trial had been cancelled - there was a lot more that could have been expanded upon, and a lot more potential. The ending is rather preachy, but if it had been set in the greater context of a novel it would have been more effective: the moral of the story could have been spread throughout, rather than forced in quickly at the end.I didn't hate this short story, I just felt as though there was a lot more that could have been done with it, so I'm on the fence about it.

  • Sophie
    2018-11-15 09:00

    Originally published at http://solittletimeforbooks.blogspot....It didn’t take long for this to become one of my favourite things that I’ve read from Juno. Of the three World Book Day books I picked up, it was the one that I felt the most connected to and involved in. Avery has severe acne – it’s painful, obvious and she’s ridiculed at school for it. It occurred to me that I couldn’t recall ever reading about a protagonist in a YA novel with acne before and that’s really ridiculous – acne is one of the biggest worries for teenagers, why isn’t it represented? Spot the Difference has something of Mean Girls about it as a miracle drug trial cleared up Avery’s skin and she was suddenly seen as pretty by the A-list girls and become embroiled in their world. I always hate to see the effects this has on the friendships that withstood all of the horrible days and the picking up the pieces after a particularly nasty comment, but I really loved Lois and Avery – they just worked so well together that I could only hope Avery would come to her senses. With Avery’s newfound confidence, she decides to run for Head Girl and I was cheering her along all the way! The speech she made to her school at the end of the story was particularly poignant. But I was so frustrated by the fact that we didn’t get to see if she was actually chosen or not that I had to knock a star rating off the book. I know that wasn’t the point of the story at all, but man, it was annoying!This is an important, powerful little story and I really hope that teens take the message from it: you are more than your appearance, but you still don’t deserve to be bullied or ridiculed for anything about yourself. Ever.

  • Huda
    2018-10-26 14:27

    Messy but enjoyable.

  • Danielle Frost
    2018-11-01 06:07

    3.5 stars was a pretty good story, don't think I'd read it again, it was very predictable

  • Clare Holman-Hobbs
    2018-10-24 14:10

    A really lovely story but towards the end it felt a bit rushed. Other than that, it seemed to be like a British Mean Girls and was very inspiring!

  • George Lester
    2018-10-26 09:08

    Mean Girls with acne and even more sass! Loved it!

  • Elenagallego
    2018-10-21 06:58

    I think this is a fun short read that can make you think differently, since it is all about a girl with acne and gets made fun of because of it. It teaches you that you shouldn't treat people different because of how they look and that is exactly what happened when she tested the medicine the doctor gave her.It's a very quick story with a lot to learn from so even if you don't like it, you won't have to spend 2 months finishing it off and you will have learnt something from it.

  • Elizabeth Burdon
    2018-11-10 10:15

    I loved this, and I read it five or six times. I really admired what Avery did at the end

  • Alisha
    2018-11-14 08:15

    Read in one sitting. Was a good book and covered a personal topic that many people have problems with but it wasn't too serious that it wasn't a light read.

  • Rosa
    2018-11-16 09:17

    To be really specific, 3.5 stars.I really liked this book. It painted a really clear picture of the A-List at the start, which was handy because it meant I could look back on it and reflect.Avery is a girl in Year 10 who suffers from severe acne, and has everyone mocking her because of it. sure, she's not e only one; her best friend Lois (how do you pronounce this? Is it loo-is? Normal Louise? Loiz? Loose? Something else?) has a disability with a tiny useless arm with with she can't do anything with, and the obese Jessica Wright.She and Lois watch the A-List, wondering how they look so flawless, especially Avery with her acne. When she gets a chance to take a pill that could stop it, she goes head-first, and results start to show. The fact that everyone really notices is natural, but it gives you a sense of how unnoticed her folk go - everyone only knew her because of her acne.She manages to find her way into the A-List, where the ring-leader Scarlett reigns supreme. I liked how Scarlett's language seemed to reflect her, although I was annoyed on how her locks were chestnut, and not red, like how I'd always thought of.It'd take a while for me to describe this book in its entirety, so long story short, Avery gets a makeover, she starts going out with Seth from the A-List, Lois starts to resent her, she has fun, she gets called off treatment, she runs for Head Girl, she gets acne again, she breaks up with Seth (in a classic way), she makes a final speech with a paper bag on her head (predictable classic) and she (presumably) wins the election.Again, I'll just talk about the bad bits, and this was basically the lack of description of Naima and CJ. What does the name CJ stand for? I took a wild guess and called him Connor-Joe; but on second thoughts, that name seems a tad mature for someone who gets into detention quite often. His character - I thought he could basically be a Year 7. How did he get into the A-List? Why are the A-List called that? Is it just the students, or the teachers as well? Why is there a B and C-List as well? Are those other lists spread out across school, or just in Year 10? And Naima, I wanted to know more about her as well. So she's just there. I can't say much about her, but I wanted to know a lot more.Overload of tropes. This book is really just a mash up of 'Makeover' and really the entire plot of Mean Girls [see below]. Look, it is different and unique in its own way, but originality lacks.Scarlett: unfortunately, by the end of the book, I felt sorry for her, and quite annoyed at Avery. I know the pressure to live up to your older siblings, and she seemed to be based of the Mean Girls in Hollywood schools, especially when she says "Well Daddy, maybe I'm just not as good as Perfect Livvy!"I understand that a lot of details had to be cut short because it was only a World Book Day book, but if only it was longer.

  • Rachel Verna
    2018-10-19 07:17

    I don't think this story works as novelle and I didn't care for the main character. Her life lesson is dumb and dramatic sentences from...parents. I wrote a properreview on my blog.

  • Mehsi
    2018-11-15 08:14

    The 4th of the 5 World Book Day books. Now I just need to wait on the 5th book to come in.This was pretty awesome, it was short (80+ pages) but very effective. Avery has acne, and has suffered because of that. Not only because of the pain, or the way it looks, but also because she has been bullied and called names like Pizzaface. I never had acne, but I had other things, and I just felt sad, and sorry for Avery. But even though she was bullied, she did try to get through her daily life, and I was impressed with her. Of course I also had my moments that I didn't like her. That she was judging the A-list people for what they said and did, but in her mind did the same things (just never said them out loud). Sorry, girl, but that makes you just as bad as those who say it out loud. Calling someone a beaver, or saying other things is just a no-no. It took away a bit of the sympathy I had for her. I also didn't like her parents that much. Yes, I can imagine that they would be hesitant if a product has side-effects that are dangerous, but really, how can you not see that your daughter is on the verge of just quitting things. That your daughter is hurting so much, every day, all the time, no matter if she is awake or asleep. Sometimes you just got to take the risk, and hope. There is always help if things don't turn out right, you can always stop. Yes Lois, your best friend just found a few new friends, and oh yes, it indeed sucks that she doesn't have 100% attention to you, but seriously, did you have to fucking act like you are 6 year old? Wow. I loved Lois at the start, but near the end? Sorry, I just wanted to throw her off her high horse. Again, Avery isn't much better, but Avery does try to be with her friend, does to try to mix/match her new and old life. She even tries to include Lois with her stuff, even tries to get her to sit next to her, or even offers to come with her. But nooooo. I don't think Lois should complain. But it seems that poor little Lois cannot handle that. She needs 100% undivided attention or else boohoo. :| Sad, sad little girl. :|Lucy was the biggest surprise in this book. I was worried about, considering what Avery said about her, but she turned out to be totally different, and I started liking her more and more with each page. The romance that is in this book was adorable. It isn't an overload of it, but just the right amount. The ending was magnificent and I was happy for Avery. She made some amazing and strong decisions and she really grew so much. I am sad though that we can only guess about the outcome of the head girl competition. Or if Seth ever went back to talk to Avery. Maybe someday we can have a longer book about Avery. I would buy it. :)All in all, this was a good book, and I enjoyed it immensely. Review first posted at

  • Nisha
    2018-10-28 12:04

    It was fitting that the Queen of Teen would be penning one of the YA WBD offerings and I went into Spot the Difference with no idea about the issues it dealt with.Avery, and her best friend, Lois are distinctly Z-list at Brecken Heath High where the social pyramid is pretty rigid and defined. relegated by Avery’s severe acne and Lois’s “funny little arm”, Avery’s life is pretty grim. That is until a miracle cure comes along which seems to improve both her skin and her social status. But Avery soon finds perfection isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be…Spot the Difference was very different to Kindred Spirits. It deals with the issue of acne and explores it really well. I found it totally original and, as far as I’m aware, a main stream YA book has yet to deal with the issue with the focus Dawson does in Spot the Difference. Acne is a really prevalent condition and one that affects many young people from their teens and sometimes even into adulthood and so that was by far the best thing about this book.Plot-wise, yes, it was a little clichéd with the popular crowd and the reject that pines to belong to said crowd, and the ending that was a nicely packaged “grass isn’t always greener” moral. But despite these misgivings I don’t think this was Dawson’s focus, rather the focus was more about Avery and how her life is defined by the condition of her skin. The broad cast of characters were pretty unremarkable and one-dimensional, mostly defined by their role as A-list or otherwise but I did find Avery’s character and the way she dealt with her issue realistic and well-written. None of us can say we wouldn’t at least consider “going over to the dark side” if we were in her position…All in all, this is a really impressive go at dealing with an interesting and under-discussed issue in the space of 80 or so pages. Definitely a “realistic contemporary YA” book to read for the issue it discusses rather than for the plot because it’s absolutely worth the very short time it would take to read it.

  • Jackie Law
    2018-10-17 06:01

    Spot the Difference, by Juno Dawson, is an exclusive World Book Day story aimed at key stage three. The language used and topics addressed would also make it suitable for confident younger readers. At less than one hundred pages long it is a quick read.The protagonist, Avery, is in Year 10 (around fifteen years old) and suffers from severe acne. She has learned to keep her head down but this has not prevented the A listers in her year naming her ‘Pizzaface’. She looks at their clear skin and shiny hair with envy even though she recognises how mean minded they are.When a new drug becomes available her mother finally agrees to allow her to try medication in an attempt to cure her complaint. Suddenly she is comfortable with her looks. The transformation is noticed and she starts to receive positive attention from the A listers, but at what cost?The author addresses the way society regards those who do not conform to a prescribed appearance and how this makes both the conformists and those who do match up to an accepted standard feel. It is not just those who fail to cultivate a certain look who suffer abuse, sometimes as subtle as constant advice on how to ‘improve’, but also those with physical disabilities which they cannot change.In so few pages this story scratches the surface of a complex problem that is prevalent in every social setting but is hot housed in schools where children have no choice but to spend so much of their time. No easy answers are offered as none exist.What is suggested is a wider recognition that beneath even the shiniest surface there is darkness. Tempting though it may be to paper over, to hide the cracks, it is these which let in the light by which all may learn.

  • Koko's Secrets Blog
    2018-10-22 14:13

    MORE AT: CHAPTERFIVE.WIX.COM/CHAPTER5My Review:Spot the difference is a novella, is one of those books that popped up on my radar and I added it to my TBR without even really knowing what to expect from it and it was written especially for World Book Day. I can’t tell you how many times I related to our girl Avery with her severe acne problem, and who she deal with all the bullied around her. I know what’s to try everything to get that clean skin look but the finally there’s an available drug and her skin clears up – and her social life BAAM blooms. Suddenly she is the Kylie Jenner of her school with a hot bf and things going awesome except the fact that she forgot who really where her friends her real ones, those who were with her no matter what! I don’t know if that made any difference on my feelings for the book but either way, I devoured it.It’s been a while since I’ve read a book which tackles the very common affliction that is teenage acne, since all the characters in many YA are flawless, with perfect skin, weight or physical illness or disabilities. This book gives us a few of those perfectly imperfect characters and of course the Cool kids. Avery’s friend Lois is probably one of my favorites even with her underdeveloped arm she takes things from who come. Overall, even tho it’s a super short read and I found the walk to fame/popularity once Avery’s face was clear and flawless a little unrealistic. In reality, if one of your ‘flaws’ ceases to be, it’s much more likely the most popular girl is going to do anything in her hands to keep making bullies about something else so you can’t take her spotlight.

  • Annalise
    2018-10-19 12:15

    Spot the Difference is a novella, written especially for World Book Day by Juno Dawson. SPD focuses on Avery, a year 10 girl with severe acne, who is getting severely bullied for it. When a new experimental drug becomes available, Avery’s skin clears up - and her social life blooms. Suddenly, she’s in the A-List, with a hot boyfriend and everything’s going well - except she’s neglecting her friends.Spot the Difference has to be the first book I’ve read which tackles the very common affliction that is teenage acne. Many characters in YA are flawless, with perfect skin, at a perfect weight, and seemingly without any physical or mental illness or disability. SPD introduces a cast of outcasts and cool kids - with Avery’s friend Lois with an underdeveloped arm, while her other friend Jessica is overweight. This was a huge breath of fresh air, although I would love to see more YA novels where disabled and overweight characters are allowed to be ‘cool’.Although I enjoyed the story and the overall moral - but I found the instant rocketship to popularity once Avery’s face had healed a little unrealistic. In reality, if one of your ‘flaws’ ceases to be, it’s much more likely bullies will find something else to bully you for. There was a lot going on in this novella, and this story would have easily worked for a full novel - the characters were well-rounded and developed, and there’s a full story arc.A fun short story read, that tackles some serious issues that haven’t yet been tackled with sufficiently in YA. Highly recommended (and only £1!)

  • Pamela
    2018-10-18 10:10

    Very short and sweet, I'd have liked it if it had been a few pages longer, perhaps given us a x weeks later page to wrap up Avery's story, as this was meant to be short for world book day. This is why I gave it a 3. Spot the difference tells the story of Avery Morgan, who suffers from a very painful form of acne, which does not respond to conventional treatments. She has a few friends who are on the fringes at school, as she and her friends are often made ridicule by the 'a-list' - the popular, attractive group of kids who seemingly rule the school. Avery manages to get a new drug that is not yet been released for sale in Europe by her doctor (post final stage of clinical trials) to help her skin, and it works. Avery's skin gets better and she finds herself being invited to join the 'A-list'. However Avery herself begins to change from the person she once was. I don't want to say how this ends because of spoilers, but I did enjoy the ending. I think fans of the film 'mean girls' will enjoy this one. as a side note.... I also recently met Juno Dawson, the author, who said she wrote Avery as having acne because so many teenagers get acne, yet the vast majority of books for teens feature attractive girls with perfect skin - hardly something somebody with a skin condition can connect with. [of course, I am paraphrasing here, but you get the gist.]

  • Frankie Rufolo
    2018-11-01 07:06

    I had a ridiculous number of WBD book tokens, so I thought "a free book, why not?"It's basically about a girl with chronic acne who takes part in a clinical trial for a new skin treatment and when it works, she gets noticed by the gang of "popular" rich kids aka the A-List and when she hangs out with them she changes and forgets her misfit friends... yeah it's a story we've seen done before and done better, but this book does it again fairly well.The book has a decent opening. At one point near the beginning the writing seemed pretty cringey and I was thinking "is this REALLY the book I'm going to be reading?" but no, it gets better from there. For a start, Avery is quite a likeable protagonist and as she changes into kind of a bad person, it's shown not just in her dialogue and the bad stuff she does, but in the writing style as it's in first-person. Her best friend is quite likeable and even the "A-List" characters had redeeming features and were somewhat layered.This book had a few laughs and it really reflected how teenagers talk and what British school-life is like, with all the little details and there's a really good message at the end.It's not the best teen-girl book I've read, but even though I'm not the target audience, I enjoyed it. It exceeded my expectations.