Posted in Young Adult Lit

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright

9757257Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
Bil Wright
2011 Simon and Schuster
ISBN – 9781416939962
Genre – Realistic Fiction
Age – High School
2.5 Stars


Carlos loves doing makeup for people. He wants to do makeup professionally, and specifically for the stars. When he gets a job at Feature Face at Macy’s, he feels like all of his dreams are coming true. He is confident in himself, but so many aspects of his life are difficult. He is constantly made fun of by his sister’s boyfriend, who is also abusive towards his sister. His mother loses her job. His boss is out to get him, and his friendships are under constant stress. His life may not to be perfect, but he is trying to keep it under control.


Honestly, I just didn’t like Carlos’s character. He was shallow in his character and the author’s creation of him. He is just very self centered, and will do and say anything to get what he wants, never thinking about the consequences to himself or others. I think that makes for a bad example for readers. It is important to let teenagers know that they should chase their dreams, and can acheive anything if they work hard. I don’t think we should teach them that they should treat their friends badly while trying to achieve those dreams.


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