Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy Hardcover – July 26, 2011
Customers who bought this item also bought
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
"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
About the Author
Bil Wright is an award-winning novelist and playwright. His novels include Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy (Lambda Literary Award and American Library Association Stonewall Book Award), the highly acclaimed When the Black Girl Sings (Junior Library Guild selection), and the critically acclaimed Sunday You Learn How to Box. His plays include Bloodsummer Rituals, based on the life of poet Audre Lorde (Jerome Fellowship), and Leave Me a Message (San Diego Human Rights Festival premiere). He is the Librettist for This One Girl’s Story (GLAAD nominee) and the winner of a LAMI (La Mama Playwriting Award). An associate professor of English at CUNY, Bil Wright lives in New York City. Visit him at BilWright.com.
Top customer reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
to summon enough courage to confront his sister's brutal boyfriend, meet his...Read more