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Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy Hardcover – July 26, 2011
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"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
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Top Customer Reviews
Carlos is wonderfully drawn.
The complex emotions he's feeling are so real and his voice is engaging, funny and very heartwarming.
All the characters to me are right on and the whole thing moves beautifully.
The book has lessons about fitting in and being one's own person, without being preachy.
It's a fun and very uplifting read.
And I do like it when our hero comes out on top!
The reason for 4 rather than 5 starts is the somewhat superficial nature of the story. There is some pretty heavy material presented (domestic violence) but overall it's a fairly lighthearted text that is easy to understand and process.
While Carlos, the central character in this latest Bil Wright book is openly gay, any young person who has ever felt outside the margins will be inspired by this story of achievement and overcoming. I have a strong admiration for Wright as a storyteller. As long as he writes, I will buy his books to read and buy more to give to young people in my life. Thanks, Bil, for making a difference for so many.
to summon enough courage to confront his sister's brutal boyfriend, meet his mother's expectations
of a grown son,and approach a classmate whose sexuality is a constant and compelling mystery. Though it took me a
chapter or two to cheer for Carlos, I was soon hooked and couldn't put the book down. I kept turning the
page to see if Carlos would, as his mother urged, beat the truth out of his sister's lover or if Carlos's
crush would return Carlos's charmed love.
Without giving too much away, let's just say I had hoped Carlos's character would have more of an arc, but life isn't always
a perfect arc, more of a slow bending toward truth, integrity, purpose and courage. I loved Carlos' proud
and hard-working mother, the protective matriarch, and enjoyed the gender-bending Gleason, Carlos's talented
love interest. The sister, Rosalia, was a mystery though, a frustrating one, as I wanted to know more of her
backstory, why she made the choices she did.
Most of all, however, I got inside Carlos's skin to better understand the emotional tightrope a gay teen
walks as he owns his sexuality while facing homophobic peers.
I wanted to adore this book, because I think it is so deeply necessary. A main character of color, who is proud, out, fat, funny, into himself, confident, great at something and he knows it, worthy of love and he knows it... who is NOT cowering or bullied or about to jump off a bridge. It's refreshing in so many ways.
That said, the kindle version I read almost seemed like it might be an uncopyedited draft. I'm not sure if it needed better editing, or if the e-version was just a bit shoddy or straight up the wrong version. I guess maybe just things I'd have done differently execution-wise.
So I am giving five stars for the idea and for the main character, three stars for the actual execution.
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What a well-written book with lively dialogue. I laughed through most of it.Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
This wonderful book won the two most important awards for GLBTQ young-adult literature this year -- both the Stonewall Book Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Read morePublished on July 17, 2012 by "Famous" Librarian
I am almost finished reading this book. It is a great addition to Sunday you lean how to box. Mr. Wright has a gift for capturing the voice of young folks.Published on January 18, 2012 by AngLo
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. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by theEPICrat