Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy (Paperback)
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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. 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.
About the Author
Bil Wright is the author of Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy; When the Black Girl Sings, a Junior Library Guild selection; and Sunday You Learn How to Box, which was one of Booklist’s best adult books for teens, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenage, a Coretta Scott King Celebrating the Dream Book, and on the ALA’s list of Books for Gay Teens. An associate professor of English at the Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bil Wright lives in New York City. Visit him at BilWright.com.
Praise for Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy…
"Wright gives voice, complexity, and heart to the kind of character often relegated to a cliché sidekick role...[Carlos is] a walking example of the inner strength teens need--regardless of their sexuality."
"Wright’s occasionally flashy but mostly straightforward...prose should work equally well for bookish and non-bookish readers."--Kirkus Reviews
"Readers will simultaneously root for and marvel at this fascinating character."--School Library Journal
"There's a whole lot going on in Wright’s novel, but it’s handled deftly and, for the most part, believably. Best of all, Carlos is not completely defined by his homosexuality. It is an important part of him, yes, but so are his ambition, his concern for his sister, and his capacity for friendship."--Booklist
"A fast-paced and humorous chick-lit read, Carlos is sure of himself and yet willing to acknowledge when he makes mistakes. His loyalty to friends and family and grace under pressure come through as he overcomes stereotyping to achieve his goal."--Library Media Connection