Review: Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Author: Amy Harmon
Publisher: Amy Harmon
Published: October 12, 2013
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult, Young Adult, Drama
Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She’d been reading them since she was thirteen. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have…until he wasn’t beautiful anymore.
Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. It is the story of loss. Collective loss, individual loss, loss of beauty, loss of life, loss of identity. It is the tale of one girl’s love for a broken boy, and a wounded warrior’s love for an unremarkable girl. This is a story of friendship that overcomes heartache, heroism that defies the common definitions, and a modern tale of Beauty and the Beastwhere we discover that there is little beauty and a little beast in all of us.
Talk about an amazing book at its most extreme! This book is a rare gem. You know it’s crafted to tear your heart into a million pieces but you still read it anyways ‘coz it’s beautifully written and heartfelt!
“Maybe everyone represents a piece of the puzzle. We all fit together to create this experience we call life. None of us can see the part we play or the way we see are just the tip of the iceberg. And maybe we just don’t recognize the blessings that come as a result of terrible things.”
Making Faces is a story about a girl named Fern Taylor. She’s one of those protagonists people call an ‘ugly duckling’ because of her frizzy wild red hair, crooked teeth, a million freckles on her face, and huge eyeglasses. But even though she grew up with a knowledge that she’s not physically attractive like the rest of the girls in Hannah Lake, she was well-loved by her parents and her cousin and best friend Bailey. While in high school, she developed this infatuation to Ambrose Young, Hannah Lake’s golden boy and the most popular guy and most looked-up to. Ambrose has all the things young girls will fall in love with. He’s beautiful, strong, smart, talented, athletic, perfect. But when 9/11 happened in the U.S. which urged him to sign up for military together with his close friends, his life changed and he returned home with a tortured soul and a ruined physicality.
I can’t believe I haven’t read it sooner. Amy Harmon is such a genius and a talented author and I knew it just by reading the first few paragraphs of the book. She did a wonderful job in this novel because of the way she chose words that absolutely hit home. All throughout the book I found myself hanging on to every word because I’m afraid I’ll be missing out a tiny detail.
What struck me most about this book was how the author inspired everything based on real life. The characters she featured were so raw and without any pretense. The main setting she chose was also peaceful and quiet and in a way, very comforting. I also loved the fact that the book tackled some inspiring and religious concepts which made me ponder my own reality. It also gave us the glimpse about the experiences military men face outside the country and what it would be like to work in those areas away from home and from loved ones.
I cried a lot of times all throughout the book because of the deep and meaningful messages it instilled and how it portrayed the importance of being close to God as much as being close to your family and friends. I also learned from this book that inner beauty is more important than physical beauty and what matters most is the good things you impact to someone’s life.
“I think sometines a beautiful face is false advertising too, and too many of us don’t take the time to look beneath the lid.”
The book also has a good romance in it. Ambrose and Fern’s romantic development– from childhood strangers to friends to lovers– was so remarkable. It developed naturally and beautifully. Their love was so inspiring I don’t think I would ever forget it. I am forever thankful that authors like Amy Harmon exist. An incredible book like this deserves the spotlight. It’s one that I wouldn’t trade for any book.
In Making Faces, the emotions emanating from the pages and the overall impact was truly worth the ride. So if you’re looking for a book that will provide you a good cry, do yourself a favor and put this on top of your tbr! :’)
“Thank you for making even ugly things beautiful.”
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