Article in New York Daily News
Interview on NPR's Latino USA with Maria Hinojosa
Huffington Post Names Charles Rice-Gonzalez a Top Gay Latino Activist Breaking Boundaries with publication of CHULITO
Best Fiction - 2012 TLA Gaybie
Award - "Our number one best-selling novel for the year..."
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Lambda Literary Review
This dazzling debut takes the coming-out, coming-of-age
narrative and gives it a fresh landscape, namely, the Bronx urban scene, …Chulito
is in perfect company with two other classics: Abraham Rodríguez’s The Boy Without a Flag, which also involves Puerto Ricans in the Bronx, and Junot
Díaz’s Drown. As a queer narrative, however,
Chulito stands proudly and confidently on its own…[a]
presents an outstanding coming-out/coming-of-age story, told with realistic emotion and colorful characters, including straight
allies of the couple. It perfectly captures the differences in atmosphere and attitudes within the boroughs of New York City,
and how one's heritage and upbringing can affect a person's tolerance and beliefs. Bravo, and much recommended. Five stars
out of five.
Simply put, Chulito
is an amazing first novel full of fire and grace, with a sense of place that will have you smelling all the streetcorner grime
the Bronx has to offer. Chulito and Carlos are wonderfully well-defined, and….His prose is lean and concise, with just
enough slang for flavor. And his eye for detail is incredible….Charles Rice-Gonzalez has crafted a passionate story
of love, heartbreak, defeat and triumph that is as personal as it is universal.
Reviews by Amos Lassen
The story is beautiful.… It is an important book that
our youth will be proud to have and we, the adults, will be glad to welcome Rice-Gonzalez into our literary community.
Queer YA: Fiction for LGBTQ Teens
The book is a page-turner, tautly written with dialogue and
details that carefully build a world many readers will never experience in real life.
Charles Rice-Gonzalez has come up with
a heartbreaking and ultimately triumphant coming-out and coming-of-age story…Beautifully peppered with colorful characters,
rich dialogue, and raw sentimentality, one is drawn into Chulito’s world
with a deep caring, as so much that happens is relatable and universal. I was thoroughly touched by the skill, humanity and
heart of Mr. Rice-Gonzalez’ writing and story-telling. With Chulito, my favorite book of 2011, he has created a character,
a world, and a cause that are all worth cheering about….Bravo!
Impressions of a Reader blog
Chulito is a great mixture of gay fiction and romance
with a focus on the gay Latino experience. I highly enjoyed Charles Rice-González's writing style and his down to earth,
no holds barred depiction of characters, culture, sub-culture, circumstances and setting in Chulito. I will keep
my eye on this writer, hopefully there will be more books like this one from him in the future.
The LL's Word: A Blog for M/M Romance Readers
THE VERY BEST thing about this book are Chulito and Carlos.
What a JOY is was to watch them fall in love. To see Chulito discover a whole world outside of the Bronx. I just loved them.
They were so open, so hopeful and brave to be who they were, despite a more than hostile environment. There were too many
things I loved about this book, it's worth reading if only to get a glimpse at a slice of American life that people rarely
get to read about, especially from the perspective of young gay men. Chulito and Carlos were TRAILBLAZERS, I wish
that every boy like them could find a way to love and be loved openly like they did. RECOMMEND. RECOMMEND. RECOMMEND. RECOMMEND.
RECOMMEND. RECOMMEND. RECOMMEND. RECOMMEND.
Novels like Chulito don't come around often,
so it's only fair to warn you that this review is an unashamed love letter to a perfect literary dish...This vivid, good-hearted
book filled me with joy and when it was all over, I had to fight the urge to start all over again.Chulito moved me, as is
fitting for a novel about a 16-year-old's gay boy's coming of age, thrilled me, toyed with me and slapped me around for good
measure. Thanks to Mr. Rice-Gonzalez, a little part of my heart will always belong to Hunts Point, The Bronx, New York.
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