Published by Self-Published on 12th October 2013
Genres: Issues, New Adult, Romance
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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.
REVIEWED BY JOANNE
*I was gifted a copy of this book by a reader friend*
I started reading this book while I was in a HUGE book slump, hoping that it would pull me out, as I had heard such great things about it. Well, it certainly did that! I was hooked from the very beginning, with the way Amy Harmon re-told the tragic events from a day that we will never forget. Reading about the students watching the news unfold on the TV screens in the classroom brought goose bumps to my arms and gave me chills and I felt like I was back in time, sitting on my sofa watching the TV in horror.
The fall-out from that day prompts Ambrose Young and a few of his friends to ditch their plans for college and enlist in the Army. Ambrose Young is the school wrestling star, and the guy that Fern Taylor is in love with. Fern is the plain Jane of the school, and can only dream of catching Ambrose’s attention. She spends her days at school with her cousin Bailey, who is confined to a wheelchair through Muscular Dystrophy.
Fern and Bailey make a great pair – Bailey and his sense of humour, and Fern with her sweet nature, it would be hard not to love either of them. Fern has low self esteem, and sees herself as the geek no-one would notice. Unknown to Fern, Ambrose has already noticed her, but he decides not to act on his feelings, I don’t know whether it’s down to peer pressure (his friends make fun of Fern’s obvious affection for Ambrose) or down to the timing, as he is due to be shipped out overseas.
When Ambrose comes home from deployment, he is scarred inside and out. He has experienced things that no one would ever wish to go through and shuts everyone out. Fern wants to be there for Ambrose, but he can’t believe that she would be interested in someone like him, and tries to keep his distance. I’m not going to say anything else about the story – you should experience that for yourself – but I will warn you, YOU WILL NEED TISSUES! I was a mess after reading this wonderful emotional and thought provoking story, and it’s a story that will stay with me.