In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought I would share a book with you that REALLY hit me in the feels. Making Faces by Amy Harmon has to be in my top ten when it comes to books that get you emotionally involved. I mean..there were tears people. A rare occurrence for me and that is what makes this book near and dear to my heart. Not many authors have the ability to manipulate my emotions and Ms. Harmon left me blubbering like an idiot, in a good way of course.
Genre: Young adult, Teens
Recommendation: Yes, this book is so sweet and full of raw emotion you can’t help but fall in love reading it.
Type: Stand alone
Summary: + heavy drama +wonderful heroine +resilient male lead +no insta-love + HEA +well developed characters + real love story
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.
This story follows Fern Taylor, a smart and easily overlooked girl with a gentle soul and a hidden passionate side. Fern Taylor has been in love with Ambrose Young for as long as she can remember. He is everything a girl could want in a guy, model gorgeous, muscular and an all-star athlete. Of course he is completely unattainable and her love for him has been from a far. He is kind and is never one to be mean even though he is the ultimate symbol of popularity in her city. After high school Ambrose and his four best friends go off to war, and only one comes back. Scarred and in a world of confusion Ambrose returns a different man than he was. This story follows Fern and her life with her cousin and best friend Bailey, Ambrose and his return back to his life after war and Fern and how the two interact and grow to know each other. This story is beautiful. I can’t say too much without risking giving away some of the best parts. The experience these people provide is unique in the real sacrifice and love that is overflowing between all the characters.
It will make you cry because you are sad, cry because you are happy and well..it is just worth reading.