Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

Book - 2012
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Sixteen-year-old Carlos Duarte is on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a famous make-up artist, but first he must face his jealous boss at a Macy's cosmetics counter, his sister's abusive boyfriend, and his crush on a punk-rocker classmate.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012.
ISBN: 9781416940043
Branch Call Number: WRIGH
Characteristics: 219 p. ; 21 cm.

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jstoneerdman
Aug 29, 2015

This was a fast and easy read. I appreciate the significance of Carlos' character and the importance of him serving as a role model, but sometimes I found him a bit much. He claimed he wasn't shallow, yet he repeatedly made condescending, judgmental comments about his best friend's weight, people consuming greasy food, etc. He was a little self-absorbed, a bit materialistic, and believed he could never do wrong. I thought his adventures with FeatureFace were fun to read about, but I felt like other parts of the story weren't fleshed out as well as they could have been, such as problems with his sister's relationship, his mom't job, and his crush on Gleason. Some resolutions were glossed over and others weren't resolved at all, and I was left wondering how they added to the story overall and why they were included in the first place. With that being said, go into this book with the attitude that it's a great "beach day" book.

KJtheEpicFailure Aug 06, 2012

Very nice book, I fell in love with Carrlos(two r's-his famous way of spelling) Duarte and his antics. Spectacular piece of fiction!

m2 Mar 08, 2012

This book was great! I only wish it was longer. Carrlos Duarte is a very compelling narrator and his adventures are fun and yet filled with heart.

Great Teen Fiction.

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