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Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  987 ratings  ·  203 reviews
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 art
Hardcover, 219 pages
Published July 26th 2011 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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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
Beetle The Bard
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
There wasn't much of a plot. Characters get swept under the rug. No sense of urgency, no character development.
Also, I am all for self love and confidence.... But not at the expense of putting others down. He judges a lot of people for their clothing, hair, nails, food choices. It's kinda condescending. And I cannot like a character that essentially manipulates someone into doing something that could **cause them to lose their job** for their own personal goals.
Nov 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, glbtq, ya
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... ...more
Oct 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: blue-covers
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
Joanne Palin
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fluffy, easy to read, but definitely entertaining. Carlos Duarte is a makeup prodigy and young gay high schooler who makes plenty of mistakes, but at least he owns up to most of them. He's a hard worker (in some aspects of his life), and not always a great friend, but you can't help but love him. By no means a perfect YA novel, but definitely a good one to recommend to middle schoolers. ...more
Doug Upchurch
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-fiction
Another great YA read with LGBT themes. I would love to see this move to the screen. A really well-written character piece that is less about a kid finding his confidence and more about him finding his heart. Really worth reading if you like these types of books.
May 24, 2018 rated it liked it
this is a good book but i did it fell that it makes sense because all that carlos know is that he is famous well he thinks that.
"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
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.

Rebecca Ann
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Kind of a mess.

There's nothing really at stake in this novel, so from the onset, it was all about Carlos being too weirdly nervous to ask for an application to work at the Macy's make up counter so he has his friend do it, but he suddenly has the confidence when he interviews and takes the job. For being gay and being sort of an outsider culturally/socially, I found it pretty terrible he was so mean to Angie about being fat. Constant fat comments and discussions of the food she was eating (he ev
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Tess Anderson
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wjhs, funny, romance, ficton
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright is one of the Best intriguing books I've read this year. If you like a good Romance that any girl does, a good laugh that makes you laugh out loud, and any real life problems that any male goes through, then I highly suggest you check out Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy today. ...more
Carolynne Floyd
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute story.

I loved this little book. The main character, Carlos, truly is a character and one that made me chuckle. He has a great optimism about him and you can't help but hope things go his way.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, young-adult, gay
Finally. An LGBTQ book that's not about a white, middle class gay dude. This is funny and sweet as hell and avoids predictable answers and messages. ...more
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Last quarter of the book was rushed.
Robinson Terry
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
*Read for English 619.*

I am frequently willing to forgive YA authors for their employment of familiar, essentially cliche tropes. Examples in "P.M.o.t.F.B." include a nervous best friend with a compulsive habit (eating, in this case), a few well-manicured homosexual men (are they ever, in popular culture, not well-manicured?), an overbearing parent, an absent father, and a female in denial about the abuse she's experiencing. And this is just regarding characters/characterization. Other elements
Casey Jo
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Caveat: I was recommended this book as fat rep, which ... comes up very little, and is just as often comments that people are eating the "wrong" food as anything else. Oh no, grease! Think of the pores!!!

Carlos is a make up genius. OK, great. But he doesn't learn. The entire plotline revolves around him being extremely skilled with makeup. Which gives an easy out when things get tough. Almost like a chosen one trope, he gets away with shit.

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Rylie Long
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a high school boy named Carlos. He was into makeup since he was a little kid. Now that he is into highschool you see his journey through becoming a famous makeup artist. From romance to drama, this book has it all. Will Carlos get his happy ever after, find out by reading this book.
Claire DM
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
3.5 stars. 3 for sloooow burn before it got good. 4 stars for prose, voicing of the character, representation and story. Glad it's out there! Possibly a niche queer kid read, just because it takes so long for the story (which is just interesting no matter who you are) really gets going. ...more
Galion Public Library Teens
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
Review by K.S.: "I liked how it showed that anything's possible if you put your mind to it." ...more
Patrick Ormond
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to see any LGBT child read this book. It is a story line which teens could relate to.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it liked it
It was okay. DNF in the middle for a week just out of disinterest, picked it up again and finished it in an hour. Mostly, it was predictable. Overall, it was enjoyable but forgettable.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute YA book. Not amazing but Carlos has stuck with me.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is about a high school gay guy named Carlos. his dream is to be a makeup artist so he's really into makeup stuff. thought out this he prosses trying to get a job or try to found the confidence to keep going to follow his dreams. his friends Rosalia support him but his mom doesn't and when he was 5 his dad was left because he was a drug addict.
This book is so fun to read as I laugh at some pages. if you like makeup or article that kind of stuff you definitely have to read this book.
Kaylee Graham
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
it was a great book and i loved it. i would read it again and again but i have other books i need to read for school
3.5. I loved how deep this story went. Even beyond Carlos and his heart's desire to be a makeup artist, he was dealing with a lot of issues and never lost sight of them. ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
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Malvika Puranik
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
very interesting , kept me hooked till the end
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