Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
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Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

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In this spirited exploration of strength and personality, a fabulous NYC teen knows he’s destined for greatness—if only he can survive his first job.

Carlos Duarte knows that he’s fabulous. He’s got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody’s business....more
ebook, 240 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Vinaya
Here's the thing: My friends circle consists almost entirely of LGBTQ people. And I adore them. So when I set out to write a gay romance a couple of months ago, I naturally patterned my MC on the gay people I know most intimately - my best friends. Now a large part of my friends' circle consists of people who are the flamboyantly gay type. You know the type I mean, the ones who wear tight skinny jeans and jewellery (and sometimes, very embarrassingly, feather boas!) and air-kiss and call everyon...more
Zeke
I read this for a committee--definitely a "YA glbt book" but not in the typical, cliched ways. His sexuality is kind of non-issue; it's more about Carlos pursuing his ultimate career dream: to become a professional make-up artist. Light, quick, snappy dialogue--super fast read. A very NYC kind of story...
Rebecca Ann
I really did not find Carlos at all likable. He was obsessed with how people looked and while he was horrified by anyone daring to judge him, he judged everyone else constantly. Even his friends, like Angie who apparently ate a lot when she was stressed. He was constantly mentioning how gross it was, but he describes himself as "big" as well, so this seemed really hypocritical. Anyone whose fashion sense and makeup style didn't match his own was viewed as ridiculous. I actually snorted out loud...more
cecilia
I thought the title too irresistable to give this book a chance – and I will have to say that it was a rather delightful sort of read. Imagine if Marc St. James from Ugly Betty gave his own backstory – and I think you will be able to picture Carlos perfectly! He was sassy, confident, and just a perfect blend of ambitious and niceness to make for a likeable main character.

I am not a makeup fiend (…well, maybe I dabble in eyeshadows like a regular Bob Ross), but the enthusiasm that exudes from Ca...more
L_manning
Carlos Duarte knows exactly who he is and what he wants from life. When he hears about a chance to apply at Macy's to work at one of their make-up counters, he knows this is going to open the doors to his dreams of becoming a famous make-up artist. Carlos soon learns that this may prove to be more difficult than he had first though. Throw in problems with his sisters, a crush, and dealing with severe homophobia , and Carlos soon has more on his plate than he thought he'd have to deal with.

Carlos...more
Leslie
The book i am reading is Putting Makeup on The Fat Boy by Bil Wright. I rate this book like a 3 stars, its a good book but it is not a really good book that i will put as my favorite and i got confused on if the main character a girl or a boy i think i is a boy. This book is about this kid named Carlos that is in High School and he loves to do make up and he judge to mush about how people do their make up (that is what i think about him), and her friend Angie told him to get a job in Macy's. So...more
Patricia
I took a workshop from BIl Wright at this year's Grubstreet Writer's Conference, which prompted me to seek out his work. The workshop was excellent; he really connected with the writers in the room and had sincere, helpful things to say about each piece, while relating it to everyone. Even though we didn't have time to discuss the piece I submitted I got a lot out of this workshop. And I got a lot out of reading this book, and am now a fan! I was immediately pulled into the world of Carlos (or "...more
Saleena Davidson
This title reminded me of Freak Show by James St. James.....it isn't the same book or anything, just the main character is so sure of himself, his strengths and his abilities and also completely unapologetic about not following the crowd.
The story centers around a boy in high school determined to leave his mark on the world, and he plans to do it through makeup. He gets a job at Macy's at the makeup counter and the experiences he has there change his whole life.
I found that Carlos' experiences...more
Mike
I can't believe I forgot to mention this piece of thrash book! It's been two years since I read it but I remember how shity is was. First of all the man character is a major stereotype (you know wanting to be a makeup designer, being a "sassy" gay friend) also he's a fucking bitch, he makes fun of his best friend and you know what I don't get, although he's fat (which he claims he's just big) it serves nothing to the story. And also I remember they went to an art gallery and were drinking even t...more
Joanne Palin
I enjoyed it. I have read a considerable amount of teen fiction, but none from the perspective of a gay teen boy. Purchased it for my elementary libraries, but it it is too mature for even a 5th grader. Great middle school read.
Robin Herrera
My Latinas/os in Kidlit book for May!

I like it when, in a story, the main character's goal is crystal clear without being overly obvious. And I also like it when the voice of a character is so strong that I don't read the story in a truncated version of my own voice like I usually do.

This book had all that going for it.

Despite confusion about the difference between 'Carlos' and 'Carrlos' (seriously, did I miss an explanation? I admit I can be a pretty dull reader), the story started out strong....more
Hilary
Carlos loves doing makeup for people. He wants to do makeup professionally, and specifically for the stars. When he gets a job at Feature Face at Macy’s, he feels like all of his dreams are coming true. He is confident in himself, but so many aspects of his life are difficult. He is constantly made fun of by his sister’s boyfriend, who is also abusive towards his sister. His mother loses her job. His boss is out to get him, and his friendships are under constant stress. His life may not to be pe...more
Doret
Carlos has been a make up artist in training since he was 12. Now 16 Carlos gets his dream job, working at Feature Face cosmetic counter at Macy's. He believes working at Feature Face is the first step to being discovered. Carlos boss doesn't like him and the new job cost him a very close friend.

This story is about a young man that knows what he wants and is going after it. Carlo's personality is as loud as the cover is bright. Behind his big personality, Carlos loves his mother and older sister...more
Rachee
From Amazon:

Carlos Duarte knows that he's fabulous. He's got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody's business. He may only be in high school, but when he lands the job of his dreams--makeup artist at the Feature Face counter in Macy's--he's sure that he's finally on his way to great things.

But the makeup artist world is competitive and cutthroat, and for Carlos to reach his dreams, he'll have to believe in himself mor...more
Mishal
The book I've read for the month of November is 'Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy' by Bil Wright.

This book is about 16 year old Carlos Duarte, who, in his opinion, is BEYOND fabulous. He lives in New York City with his older sister and mother. Ever since he can remember, Carlos has been able to apply makeup on anyone's face just right, as he also has an amazing sense of style. While still in high school, he spends most of his time day dreaming of becoming Carrlos, makeup artist to the stars.

When hi...more
Melanie
Carlos Duarte is a 16-year-old gay young man living in New York City. His dream is to become a famous make-up artist. He manages to land a dream job at the FeatureFace cosmetics counter at Macy's. Although he ruins a friendship along the way by being irresponsible with a pair of $300 boots that didn't belong to him.

While Carlos' life seems to be shaping up, his sister is dating a jerk who is nasty to Carlos and beats her up. His mother loses her job of many years and has to find a new one. So Ca...more
Tasha
Sixteen-year-old Carlos has always wanted to be a makeup artist to the stars, so when his friend suggests that he start out at a makeup counter in Macy’s as a first step, he immediately takes action. The makeup business may seem glamorous on the outside, but as Carlos discovers it filled with jealousy too. When Carlos gets on the bad side of his new boss, he has to try to figure out how to make things right again. Unfortunately, that probably does not include taking a star up on doing her makeup...more
Sarah Sullivan
Ah! I wanted to like this book a lot! That great cover & title + the Stonewall win this year, I was super excited about it. And there are some great things. I love that Carlos is so comfortable with who he is, that he makes no apologies for loving makeup and being good at it. However, I felt like everything came too easily. Maybe the magic of the fantasy and everything coming together was supposed to feel fairy-tale-esque, but to me it just felt like deus ex machina. Plus, Carlos doesn't rea...more
Mark
"When I was twelve, I convinced my mother to let me do her makeup for Parents' Night. When I was finished, my sister, Rosalia, who was fifteen, said, 'Ma, aren't ya even gonna say anything?'

Ma said to me, 'All right, so it looks nice, Carlos. But I don't think I should be encouraging something like this. I'm not gonna go to your school and tell your teacher, 'See my face! Isn't it pretty? My son did my makeup. Didn't he do an excellent job?'

Rosalia asked, 'Why not?'

Ma said, 'You know why not! Do...more
Samantha Tai
Carlos knows he is fabulous and he knows one day he's going to be a famous makeup artist, working for Mary J. Blige, Rhianna and Janet Jackson. He gets his break when he gets a job working weekends at the FeatureFace counter at Macy's in New York City. He knows he's on his way to bigger and better things. He soon learns that this world is cutthroat and people will do anything to make sure he doesn't succeed. He doesn't let that bother him though. He has his eye on the prize and he's determined t...more
Lacey
Putting Makeup on a Fat Boy follows Carlos Duarte's path to becoming a makeup artist, a virtual life long dream of his. Along this journey, however, Carlos encounters various personal struggles including bullying and homophobia, as well as his sister's struggle with an abusive relationship.
I believe this book strikes a great balance between light-hearted humor and tough, realistic issues. While almost all of the characters, especially Carlos, fit many character stereotypes a little too well, I...more
Madison
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Emily
I'm so torn about this one!

Pros: Carlos Duarte is totally comfortable with himself (his weight, his career aspirations, his sexual orientation, his sense of fashion, his class and cultural background...all of it) and this is his story. He could have easily been someone's (quirky flamboyant Latino gay) friend and a secondary YA character in another book, but he's not. Instead, Wright puts him at the center of the narrative and explores Carlos's desire to become a professional make-up artist. Alo...more
Allison
"Carlos Duarte knows that he's fabulous. He's got a better sense of style than half the fashionistas in New York City, and he can definitely apply makeup like nobody's business. He may only be in high school, but when he lands the job of his dreams--makeup artist at the FeatureFace counter in Macy's--he's sure that he's finally on his way to great things. But the makeup artist world is competitive and cutthroat, and for Carlos to reach his dreams, he'll have to believe in himself more than ever....more
Holly Kregel
Putting Makeup on the Fatboy by Bill Wright is about Carlos, a flamboyantly gay young adult pursuing a career in the make-up industry. Having just secured a job at a make-up counter at Macy's, he's trying to learn to juggle school, friends, home life ( with his emotional mother who lost her job and his older sister who can't find a decent job or a boyfriend who isn't a deadbeat), and work. Most of the story focuses on his job at Macy's and how he learns the ins and outs of competitive business;...more
Katie
“Putting makeup on the fat boy” was a nice story. Carlos is such a cute guy. You learn very quickly that he’s gay and has a talent for applying makeup. His family is a bit special, but Carlos doesn’t mind too much. It’s a story about growing up, first love and finding your dream job, but instead of most other books dealing with this theme, a gay guy is the protagonist. I found that very refreshing, because there are not many books like that. Then there was his sister, who just couldn’t believe h...more
Leslie
Carrrlos! Count me amongst the fans of this fierce, fabulous high school student. He's the antithesis of practically everything I was back in school. He's a Latino son of a single mother, living in the inner city of New York. He's gay, wears make-up, is incredibly ambitious when it comes to achieving his dreams... all around awesome! I wish I'd had the kind of terrific self-confidence this character exemplifies when I was that age. Yes, Bil Wright simply nailed the voice of his protagonist in th...more
Kricket
hey rowdy librarians, don't read this unless you want to hear me talk about the same stuff at book club...



carlos duarte is only in high school, but he already knows he's going to be a make-up artist to the stars. with some creative resume styling, he lands a job as a make-up artist for the featureface counter at macy's. his customers love him, but his boss doesn't. meanwhile, his mom has been fired and his sister's boyfriend is beating her. can carlos make his dreams come true while helping his...more
Sara Latta
In “Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy” (Simon & Schuster, 2011), author Bil Wright has conjured, in Carlos Duarte, one of the most authentic teen narrators since Holden Caulfield. Sixteen year-old Carlos has a fabulous sense of style, loves makeup, and dreams of becoming “Carrlos, Duarte, makeup artist to the stars!” He imagines “doing Mary J. Blige’s makeup before a concert, or maybe Rihanna’s, or taking a month off from school to go on tour with Janet Jackson because she insisted if she didn’t...more
Emily
Why I picked it up: on the list for the YALSA challenge

Carlos lives in New York City. His passion is make-up and he dreams of being a famous make-up artist for the stars and therefore being able to afford a better life for him, his mom, and his older sister. When Carlos gets a job at a make-up counter at a department store, he knows it is just a matter of time before he is discovered and on his way to stardom.

Carlos is extremely self-centered and he justifies a lot of things he knows are wrong a...more
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