Monday, September 29, 2014

Review: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Making Faces cover
Making Faces
by Amy Harmon
October 12, 2013
405 pages

Goodreads Summary:

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 a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

This book gutted me. It was so wonderful but so sad. I felt so emotionally drained after finishing it but wow was it a beautiful read.

I love the characters. Not only are they deep and full of feelings, we got to see them grow and develop meaningfully. I have so much love for Fern, Ambrose and Bailey. They are excellent people no matter what they look like on the outside. I think the only person that I really resented was Rita. She could've done something about Becker's abuse earlier on. It would've made a difference. (Maybe) It would've saved Bailey.

Two parts in this book really got to me. First was when Pastor Taylor received the phone call about the boys. Even though I knew it was coming, I still wasn't prepared. Even more heartbreaking was knowing that they were only a few months away from returning home. Now, not only will they not return home, they'll never get to see their loved ones again. Bailey dying was the second punch to me. The way he died made me want to scream for him. So unfair. Even if he was destined to die, he didn't deserve to drown in a ditch all by himself. Becker is horrible. I want to claw his eyes out!!

I'd recommend this book to people who like books with deeper meanings and aren't afraid of getting emotional. You may need a strong heart to get through this one but I highly recommend it.

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  1. I need these type of reads every now and then. I will be checking this out more for sure. :)
    Great review!

    1. Thanks and please let me know what you think!!

  2. Sigh. I have to have the right state of mind to read these type of books. Happy place. Happy place...Lol.

    1. Yesss hold onto that happy place when you read it!

  3. Eileen, thanks for this spectacular review. Wow

    1. Thank you Debbie! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  4. I've been wanting to read this! I really like stories with unrequited love & redemption...also, "deeper meanings" and "emotional" are favorite things in books, ahahaha.

    1. You'll definitely love this one then! I hope you do when you read it :D


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