The Boy In Makeup by Anthony Connors-Roberts

The Boy in Makeup had so much LGBTQIA+ representation, the pace of the story was just too fast. 

From the blurb:

The Boy In Makeup is a POV queer romance novella that asks if a boy who wears makeup could ever find love in a community where men are desired through masculinity. Perfect for fans of Nick & Charlie by Alice Oseman and Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli.

Cory's school life has been miserable since a rumour circulated that he kissed heterosexual pupil Lewis Jackson during a house party. Although the rumour is untrue, he finds himself in an even trickier situation when he strikes an unlikely friendship with popular footballer Ben Roberts, and they kiss. Will Ben tell everyone to school, making Cory’s life officially over and how will Ben react to his friend's feelings for him…

Angel's Review:

I thought this story about Cory and Ben was very sweet. I definitely think this is a great example of a good Young Adult book, I think this would be perfect for not only young adults but for anyone else as well. 

Other people have commented that it's too short, and I do agree with them, but for the length that this book is, it has a lot going for it.

I hope that the author eventually expands this book, I think it would be even better with a bit of an expansion, just so then things aren't as rushed. Example: At the beginning of the story Cory said he hated school and didn't want to continue, but by the end of the book he all of a sudden thinks his school is a great place? It just seemed sudden.

Sometimes I felt things were a bit juvenile? But these characters are 15, so that makes sense. I did enjoy this story and there was soo much representation in this book! Which I appreciated, overall a good short story!

Rating: 4 Stars

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