In a nutshell (aka Goodreads description):
Ambrose Young was beautiful. 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.
My review (aka Diana’s review):
Writing a review on this book is so hard for me because I LOVE it so much and there is no way in heck that I can express how amazing it is.
I am going to try and do my best but let me tell you right now that Making Faces is an incredible story and you should read it. Like right now (or wait until Tuesday, February 21st, because they’re releasing bonus content!). Go buy it and read it. Trust me. You won’t regret it.
“It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that you aren’t ever going to be loved the way you want to be loved.”
THERE GOES MY HEART. Again.
Amy Harmon is a pure genius. This is my third time reading a book by her and every single time she blows my freaking mind.
Making Faces is not just your typical love story. It is far from being just a love story. It is a book about friendship, self-love, growing up, being a hero, about life and death and much more.
Fern is such a pure and kind-hearted character. She loves reading and writing romance stories and yet she has never experienced them (so relatable y’all). She loved Ambrose Young since she was a little kid and looked like Pippi Longstocking but he never gave her a second thought back then. Or so he said.
Ambrose is a larger-than-life character. He is such a Beast. I mean that he acts so much like the Beast from Beauty and the Beast (aka my favorite princess story EVER). He’s the Beast and Hercules at the same time. He makes my heart flutter. I love him.
Bailey brought something else to the book. He’s one of the reasons this book is so special to me. He’s such a unique character. He has a heart of gold, he is an amazing friend and overall fantastic person. He’s a hero. Wrestler at heart. Bailey made me tear up both from laughing and sadness. He’s also Ambrose Young biggest fan (same, Bailey, same). And can you tell he’s my favorite character? Because he is.
Making faces is unique and BEAUTIFUL story. Stories like this make me remember the reason I fell in love with reading.
Plus this book is kind of a beauty and the beast meets hercules type of book and lucky me, those are my favorite stories.
Amy has skyrocketed to the top of my favorite writers list. She writes my favorite type of books. Hands down. She deserves standing ovations.
I recommend this book to everyone and no one. You know what I mean?! Have you ever felt that when you read an incredibly amazing book and you want everyone to read it because it’s so good but at the same time you don’t want them to read it because maybe they won’t be able to appreciate such beautifulness? Well, that’s me right now.
5/5 flowers ✿
Tell me in the comments if you’ve ever felt the way I feel about this book and which book made you feel that way.