Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy
- Genre: Fiction
- Awards: 2012 Lambda Literary Award, American Library Association Stonewall Award
Carrlos Duarte and his sister, Rosalia, vow they will never be like their mother, "managing a dry-cleaners and not being able to afford anything unless it was on sale." But while Rosalia goes to to school "to be a medical technician at a place she learned about from a poster on the subway" and works at Burrito Take-Out Village, Carrlos dreams of being a makeup artist, even if his mother thinks it's no place for a boy. Armed with a portfolio shot by his cute rocker friend, a pair of borrowed thigh-high Stella McCartney stiletto boots, and a vinyl tote that totally looks like Gucci, even though it's from the kids' section at Duane Reade, Carrlos is given a chance at FeatureFace, the most glamorous makeup counter at Macy's. Although this novel is sweetly optimistic, it walks a neat line between depicting the things that can be fixed with talent, persistence, and making it a point to arrive to every appointment overprepared and ten minutes early, and what can not (his mother's layoff, his sister's refusal to leave her abusive boyfriend, a misunderstanding with his first crush).