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Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
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Feb 29, 2012

really liked it

Still mulling this one over. On the one hand, do we really need more gay male characters who fit the faaaaaaabulous stereotype? And there were some places where either the writing or the circumstance didn't feel believable. But. This is a novel that puts story ahead of details that might have taken over in another book. Carlos has strengths and flaws (a lot of flaws, actually) that are his alone, so the story gets to be about Carlos, not just about A Gay Teen. And it's definitely not about A Gay, Overweight, Hispanic Teen; those other aspects are treated as "by the way" details.

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