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Review: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

March 11th, 2015 by Debbie's World of Books

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Source: Borrowed from a friend

Publication date: Oct. 12, 2013

Publisher: Self-published

Rating: ★★★☆☆

About the book:

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 a little beauty and a little beast in all of us.

My review:

This book sort of baffles me.  Most people I’ve talked to have raved about it and I finally read it because I’ve really started to love the NA books I’ve read and want to check out a range of them just to see what NA offers.  However, I just don’t get why this one is such a big deal.  Yes, it deals with a lot of different issues but I had several problems with it.  One is that I never truly came to really feel Fern’s character.  She has this girlhood crush on Ambrose and yes she gets to know him better through the love letters she writes for her friend to him but I don’t really feel that love.  I still felt like even after everything happens it’s still a girlhood crush and I don’t see why it progresses into anything deeper.  I had some issues with Ambrose’s character as well.  I never fell in love with him that I do with many of these books.  Did I feel sorry for him?  Sure.  But did I feel what he went through inherently made him a hero to die for?  No.

Then there was the theme that pretty much hits you over the head for the entire book. Yes, I got the message that beauty comes from the inside. Yes, Fern was a plain child with a good heart.  Yes, Ambrose’s physical change later in the book doesn’t change who he really is.  I just found it a little tiresome after we are reminded of this for the 50th time. Then we have it shoved in our face that beauty isn’t all it’s cut out to be too as we see what happens to the beautiful friend of Fern’s.  Because just in case you missed it being beautiful doesn’t mean life is a walk in the park either.

I did love Bailey’s character though and the fact that he could have felt sorry for himself all his life but he didn’t. Yes, he had moments of anger and railing at the world as he grew up but for the most part he lived life to the fullest and had a unique perspective about everything.  He was the saving grace for this book in my opinion.

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Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, New Adult

One Response

  1. Kelly

    Sorry you didn’t like it. I do see your point. I loved Bailey he really was a great character!

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