Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

Book - 2012
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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.
Audience: 012+.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012.
ISBN: 9781416940043
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Wrigh
Characteristics: 219 pages ; 21 cm

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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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