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.
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Based on a beauty and the beast theme with a slight twist (& better), Making Faces was so gripping, heart achingly tragic, magically beautiful… it's hardly possible for one book to contain this amount of emotion… but it does and although it wasn't a dirty, steamy romance novel, I wouldn't have had it any other way. It was perfect in every sense of the word. I can not fault it at all. And I tried. I saw all the reviews about this book and noticed all the raving… and I thought - hold on ladies… I'll find the problem. But I couldn't. There is none. It's that good. Brilliant… Even for me… and I'm particularly hard to please. From the cover to the last page… everything. Even the authors notes lol…
Books such as this one always make me sit up and read. Most of the time I will take a seat to start reading and in the end I'm slouched across the couch. With Making Faces I couldn't sit still. I read, got a little antsy, then had to move to the bed. Again… got restless, then moved back to the couch and this went on the entire time. I read this book in one go. And the entire time I was on alert. It kept me on my toes (literally) and the only break I took was a bathroom break.
What particularly stood out in this book was the fact that we have two main-ish characters. Ambrose and Fern. At least I think they were the main characters. The reason I say this is because the way in which Making Faces is written - And it's written in 3rd person - there are a handful of other characters that also capture your heart. Bailey, Ferns cousin is one. In fact, he is so prominent in this book that I'm inclined to say that Fern, Ambrose and Bailey are all three major characters. The worst is that because you fall in love with Bailey so easily… It's heartbreaking to eventually accept the twist and turns - even when you knew from the start where everything was going to lead to.
I can't really label this book as a romance novel. That word would imply that it's a fictional novel with a romance related plot. And it kind of is. But it's also more. Making Faces is an inspirational romance novel with so much character and depth it's insane really to accept it as anything other than fictional life lessons. You learn. You are reminded about the simple pleasures life has to offer. You feel guilty but liberated all at the same time.
Making Faces is one of those books that I'm sure will stand the test of time. In one hundred years from now, this is the kind of book that will be taught in schools. The kind of book, book lovers will gush about for years to come. It will be labeled a classic. Never ever forgotten.
I must also make mention that although this book has mostly been labeled as a new adult romance - which it undoubtedly is - I would even recommend it to young adult readers of about 15 years and up. There are no curse words, no graphic sexual content (although minor mention is made, but it's light and very brief)… but nothing that would make it unsuitable for younger readers. In fact, I think most teenagers should give this book a read. There is a major life lesson within this novel.
And that lesson is (In simple terms & my own words) - That beauty is truly skin deep. End of story.
In Making Faces we read about beautiful people who are evil and mean. Good people who are ugly and plain. Sick people who live as if they were immortal… And healthy people who take every day for granted. It's filled to the brim of eye-opening and colorful characters that will keep you glued to each page. It's not a light read. I've walked away with a heavy but happy heart.
Amy Harmon has wowed me. Made me cry, laugh, sigh, fear for the worst but most of all… she's made me sit up and take notice - ensuring that her name is one I will remember for a long, long time to come.
Rating: 5 Stars!
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