Author: Amy Harmon
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.
One of the best books if the year!! Making Faces is a heartbreakingly beautiful, breathtakingly tragic, wonderfully romantic, absolutely perfect read! This story is the kind that will stay with you for the rest of your life. It is so unbelievably moving, a story about love, loss, grief, self-acceptance, and heroism.
Fern Taylor is the daughter of a preacher, she's beautiful on the inside.. but not so much on the outside. She had crazy red hair, coke bottle glasses, and braces. was She also had always been in love with Ambrose Young.
Ambrose is the most popular boy in town, the star of the wrestling team, and by far the most beautiful boy in school. Not ready for the pressures of college wrestling, he enlists in the army with some of his friends.
Bailey is Fern's cousin and best friend. He has a health issue that has confined him to a wheelchair. Despite his limitations, he is determined to live his life. He has always viewed Ambrose as a hero, but most of all he wants to be a hero too.
The story seems simple, the people are simple characters, the live in a simple town, but Harmon does a wonderful job of building a complexity throughout the story, I love reflecting upon that. It seems so crazy that something so simple can break down your walls. I would compare the emotional level of this with The Fault in Our Stars (one of my all time favs), however where that book was heartbreaking and beautiful, Making Faces is also uplifting and inspiring.
Overall, MF is one of my favorite reads, and I definitely recommend it to everyone!
*Side Note- as I sit here, weeks after reading Making Faces, I am reduced to a crying for the characters. But it is not a sad cry, it is for the boy that stole my heart and his courage.
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Amy Harmon knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story.
Amy Harmon has been a motivational speaker, a grade school teacher, a junior high teacher, a home school mom, and a member of the Grammy Award winning Saints Unified Voices Choir, directed by Gladys Knight. She released a Christian Blues CD in 2007 called “What I Know” – also available on Amazon and wherever digital music is sold. She has written five novels, Running Barefoot, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue and coming October 20, Making Faces.