Book Review: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

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Fern Taylor is plain in every sense of the word. She’s from a small town and lives a fairly simple life. The most exciting thing about her is the romance novels she loves to read and her crush on the best looking guy in town. Ambrose Young, is the towns wrestling star and has what everyone believes to be a great future ahead for him. But there’s a problem, he wants more… he wants to do more. Ambrose and his four best friends join the service together, but after a tragic accident he’s the only one to come home.

I don’t even know where to begin with this story. This book just hits all the strings for me. It is sad and funny and tragic and optimistic all at the same time. It is simply amazeballs.

The Characters. Fern, while seemingly the plain girl next door is actually a huge force in this book. A lot of the choices she makes and the way she looks at life are why so many things happen, especially after Ambrose’s return. Bailey, I just can’t even. No matter what he faces in life he’s the one who’s always got a smile on his face and every time I think about this character I tear up a little. Rita’s character is another who teaches us a whole lot of lessons, much different than the other characters, but no less important. Her trials were no joke. Lastly there is Ambrose, the war hero who learns to cope with some major guilt, who learns what it is to no longer be the most beautiful looking guy in town, who has to truly learn about inner beauty, for himself.  All of these characters are just so well written and developed and they each play a very important part in this book. I can’t say enough how awesome they are.

The story itself, as I mentioned earlier, is just everything a great book needs. It’s well written and there’s so many things happening but they all tie in together. And the feels. The feels. This book just absolutely flies because the story sucks you in and doesn’t let go. It’s a story, but it’s a story with messages behind it. It’s realistic, not always in a pretty way, but then life isn’t always either. I’ll say it again, it’s an amazing book.

I had no clue what to expect when I picked up Amy Harmon’s Making Faces, particularly because New Adult isn’t quite my genre of choice, but I got so much more than I could have imagined. Bottom line, this is a book that is worth a shot. Pick it up, but tissues and comfort food will likely be required. 5/5 stars.

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