5 stars · Sizzler · Young Adult

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Making Faces Book Cover Making Faces
Amy Harmon
Fiction, Young Adult
October 12th 2013
405


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 Beast where we discover that there is little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

Maria’s Review

➦This is definitely a book that makes you feel and think about things like your own mortality, standards of beauty and dealing with the loss of loved ones. It’s not just a love a story, it’s a story that will have you experience emotions while you go through the journey with the characters.

Fern is a girl who experiences an “ugly girl syndrome.” She in not particularly pretty and she is awkward. That, however, does not stop her from loving Ambrose, a beautiful boy and a wrestler at her high school. She knows that someone as beautiful as him would never be with someone like her.

➦The main characters get re-united years later after Ambrose comes back from Iraq with half of his face disfigured. He survives, while four of his best friends do not. Ambrose struggles to find a way to live with his guilt and his new image. And here begins the journey of Fern and Ambrose, where they help each other heal and fall in love. It’s beautiful, really.

➦In this novel there is also a story of a boy who is wheelchair bound because of a disease. It’s a boy who is Fern’s best friend and who she cares for throughout his life. It’s a heartbreaking story of someone who accepts that his days are numbered but stays positive despite it and tries to experience as many things as he can until he dies.

❤All the poems and the references to Greek mythology incorporated into the novel were wonderful. I will definitely remember this book for a long time. I loved the characters, the beautiful words and the strong messages they delivered.

➦I could have totally lived without Bible quoting and references to God but they were few and didn’t bother me as much.

➦If you still haven’t read this book and you love romantic novels that will make you feel, you should definitely pick this book up. If you enjoyed Me Before You by Jojo Moyes then you will probably enjoy this book as well. Please have a box of tissues ready.

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