Rating: 5 Cups of Coffee
Goodreads' Book Description:
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.
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How can I explain how amazing I found this book to be?
If I could narrow it down to just one word, this book would be beautiful.
Amy Harmon is now one of my favorite writers because the way she arranged her words so eloquently to create this masterpiece is completely beyond me. I spent an entire day avoiding family, holed up in my room reading. When it was over, I spent too much time having my own “reflection” period, where I pretty much reevaluated my life and my standards.
It’s hard to say when I really fell into this book. All I know is that Bailey will forever be engraved in my heart as one of the most inspiring and hilarious characters I have ever read. I loved Fern so much, especially because she was an avid reader and never skirted around her feelings. Ambrose Young has my HEART. I can’t even explain how amazing I found his character to be, complete with all his flaws and words.
“But I’m just telling you right now. The lucky ones are the ones that don’t come back.”
I’m a sucker for books that leave me feeling high (and low), but also give me something to take from the reading experience. Making Faces taught me so much about love, loyalty, grief, life’s real priorities, and luck.
Please do yourself a favor and one-click this book. Love and cherish it, but more importantly, let it swallow you whole.
P.S. if you haven't read Infinity + One by Amy Harmon, go ahead and buy both of these books now. Don't deprive yourself any longer, okay?