ADULT ACNE

Dear Ella and Suse,

I have been suffering from adult acne for the past nine months as a result of stress and over worrying. Although I am taking medication, I noticed that my acne got so much better as i was reading Harry Potter since the story was highly entertaining and really got me involved in the events. I do not particularly love fantasy fiction, but I wish you would recommend me something that would distract me from stressing over my acne all the time, like an good thriller or any exciting page turner.

Thanks in advance.
Dear Acne-sufferer,
We are delighted to hear that you have found that your acne improved while you read Harry Potter, proving that, as with all medicines, bibliotherapy is most successful on those who really believe in it. As you are a lover of fantasy and perhaps young adult fiction, and need something gripping, we would like to give you the Cherub series of novels by Robert Muchamore. These excellent thrillers describe the transition of one boy from difficult trouble maker into a spy for MI5 - a plot-line that isn’t new to the realms of YA fiction, but one that is very modern, brilliantly told, and absolutely glues you to your seat. Even better, there are 15 in the series, and they get better and better. The positive by-product of these books is that they will incite you to take your body more seriously - and get as fit as you can- while our hero undergoes a series of gruelling physical tests. Though we don’t expect you to toughen up as extremely as he does, you may find yourself encouraged to get into the fresh air, swim and run, all of which might well also help with your self-image.
Yours, Ella and Suse
We prescribe - The Cherub Series by Robert Muchamore - start with The Recruit

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