Getting It

Getting It

Getting It by Alex Sanchez
first published in 2009

It's embarrassing enough that Carlos Amoroso is fifteen and the only virgin among his friends, but he's never even really kissed a girl. The object of Carlos's desire, Roxy Rodriguez, is popular and hot--and has no idea that Carlos is alive. But watching a TV show one night gives Carlos an idea: What if he got a makeover from Sal, the guy at school everyone thinks is gay? Asking Sal to do him a favor is harder than it seems, because Carlos is worried that if any of his friends see him with Sal, they'll think that he's gay too.

In return for making Carlos over, Sal wants help starting a Gay-Straight Alliance at their school--not exactly something Carlos is dying to do. In this humorous novel about first love, Lambda Award winner Alex Sanchez again brings honesty and insight to the trials of growing up.

From Getting It

Carlos clicked on Queer Eye, a show where five gay dudes gave some grungy straight guy a makeover--plucking his nose hairs, redecorating his apartment, and teaching him to bake a quiche--so he could confidently propose marriage to his girlfriend and she'd tell him "yes." Which, of course, she did. On TV the guy always gets the girl.

As Carlos watched, he recalled Sal, the supposedly gay guy at school. It was then that the idea first popped into his brain: If Sal truly were queer...could he possibly help Carlos?... Not to propose to Roxy, of course--at least not yet--but to get her to maybe like him?