Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy

 

Synopsis

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).

A PRECIOUS IDEA IS NEVER ARBITRARILY UNEARTHED. IT SPURTS FORTH FROM EFFORT AND CREATIVITY, FINALLY UNCOVERED AS BRILLIANCE. SERENDIPITY LITERARY AGENCY PUSHES AND UNCOVERS THOSE WHO LOVE TO VENTURE IN THE QUARRY OF THEIR IMAGINATION.