OMG.. THE FEELS!!! I’m not sure I have the words to do this book justice. This unique, unputdownable book will pull at your heartstrings so be prepared to let the tears flow. Absolutely Phenomenal. I’m convinced that Amy Harmon is a creative mastermind. The message she delivers is powerful and inspiring. I read a bunch of books, but I have a feeling this one will stay with me for a very long time.
“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.”
Ambrose was the true definition of a hero. He’s handsome, popular, smart and exceptional athlete. Being the town’s star wrestler, he was expected to continue the sport at college. Having been the state champ four years in a row, he was feeling the pressure. Then the tragic events of September 11th happened. He took that opportunity to run, and he enlisted to serve his country. He went and took his best friends with him. After several years experiencing the effects of war, he returns home physically and emotionally damaged.
“Death is easy. Living is the hard part.”
Fern might just be my favorite heroine ever. You just don’t have a choice in falling in love with her. She was loyal, sweet, modest and generous. Exactly the kind of person you’d want for a friend. She was beautiful on the inside and out. She certainly didn’t feel that way. She felt like she was plain and unattractive.
“I promised myself that if you came home I wouldn’t be afraid to tell you how I felt. But I’m still afraid. Because I can’t make you love me back.”
Fern loved Ambrose from the moment they meet as kids. She wasn’t sure the star athlete even knew she existed anymore. When he did acknowledge her, it wasn’t in the way Fern wanted. When Ambrose returned she didn’t see him as unattractive she just simply saw him. I love that she went from hiding in the shadows to demanding to be seen. It was heart-warming watching their relationship evolve.
“I’ve been in love with you since you helped me bury that spider in my garden, and you sang with me like we were singing “Amazing Grace” instead of “The Itsy, Bitsy Spider.” I’ve loved you since you quoted Hamlet like you understood him, since you said you loved ferris wheels more than roller coasters because life shouldn’t be lived at full speed, but in anticipation and appreciation. I read and re-read your letters to Rita because I felt like you’d opened up a little window into your soul, and the light was pouring out with every word. They weren’t even for me, but it didn’t matter. I loved every word, every thought, and I loved you . . . so much.”
I absolutely could not write a review without talking about Fern’s cousin Bailey.
I’m in awe of Bailey. He was dealt a shit hand in life but handled it like a freakin rockstar. He was loyal, genuine, and honest even when they didn’t want him to be.
Gosh, he was so inspiring it just makes you want to be a better person.
“There are times when you just need to acknowledge the shit … You just need to acknowledge it. Face the shit … Accept the truth in it. Own it, wallow in it, become one with the shit.”
“Because terrible things happen to everyone, Brosey. We’re all just so caught up in our own crap that we don’t see the shit everyone else is wading through”
My dear friend is married to someone with MD. They were high school sweethearts. She knew it was going to be a struggle, one that she willingly signed up for. I can say with certainty that it’s more challenging than she imagined. I loved that Making Faces provided different pov’s regarding the difficulties associated with MD. It inevitably affects everyone who is close to the person with the disease.
I highly recommend this book. It’s just February but I’m pretty sure I’m gonna order a few to give out as Christmas gifts. Yes, I loved it that much.
“If God made all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?
Does he make the legs that cannot walk and eyes that cannot see?
Does he curl the hair upon my head ’til it rebels in wild defiance?
Does he close the ears of a deaf man to make him more reliant?
Is the way I look a coincidence or just a twist of fate?
If he made me this way, is it okay, to blame him for the things I hate?
For the flaws that seem to worsen every time I see a mirror,For the ugliness I see in me, for the loathing and the fear.
Does he sculpt us for his pleasure, for a reason I can’t see?
If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?”
Standalone. New Adult. Contemporary Romance.
Rating: 5+ Stars