Title: Making Faces

Author: Amy Harmon

Genre(s): Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Military, War

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Release Date: October 12th 2013, February 21st 2017

Number of Pages: 300

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.0/5.0)


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.

That is a half part of the blurb which best describes what the book is about. 💞 This book took me by surprise. 😳 I started with low expectations because I didn’t want to get my hopes up again and again. After reading the beginning I thought this was just going to be a typical unrequited love story, but it was so much more than that. The book escalated and proved me wrong. 😍

If God made all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?

There are two important people I’d have to introduce you to. The first is Fern Taylor. 👸 She’s the daughter of the town’s priest. She describes herself as ugly because she considers herself to have unattractive features, such as ginger head, freckles, and braces. I wouldn’t go as far to say that she pities herself and loses confidence because of that. It’s more like she knows her place and she embraces who she is. She’s been in love with Ambrose since they were ten. She’s well aware that he is out of her league, but it doesn’t stop her to love him and dream of the impossible.

Everybody who is somebody becomes nobody the moment they fail.

The second one is Ambrose Young. 🤴 He’s the typical prince charming. He’s a professional wrestler. He lives with his father who owns a bakery shop. An incident with his mother motivates him want to be a military man. Fern is never in his radar until she leaves quite an impression on him with her openness and honesty.

Their lives start to complicate one another when they help mend each others’ broken souls and cope with their loss. 💑

Sometimes a beautiful face is false advertising.

Now as per usual I’m going to start with what I don’t like about the book. 🙅 I don’t like that the author openly uses the word “ugly” to describe Fern. For some people calling her ugly when she has freckles, red hair, and braces may be offensive. I much prefer she’d just said that Fern has what the society considers as flaws or that she doesn’t possess the qualities that match the beauty standards the society has set for all of us. Also, I don’t know how the military recruitment system works in America. However, I think sending teenagers who are still under the age of 21 to war zone abroad and still in their early training is a bit exaggerated. Another thing which bothers me is that Fern is a pretty flat character. There’s barely any significant changes in herself. She’s the same person throughout the entire book. Oh and one other thing is that the book doesn’t really talk about ‘the future’ (what are your dreams? what do you wanna do after graduate high school? parents’ pressure to get into a certain college or be a certain person, scholarships). It’s just not brought up to be as one of the main issues in the book. I do not problematize this though. It’s just different from what young adult contemporary books usually involve.

Because terrible things happen to everyone, Brosey. We’re all just so caught up in our own crap that we don’t see the shit everyone else is wading through.

What I like about this book is that Fern loves to read and writing her own stories and poems. She escapes herself in romance books. She’s a hardcore fan of them. 📚 She also doesn’t whine a lot about her looks and appearance. Most importantly she’s honest, even with her feelings towards Ambrose. I can’t seem to point out her bad qualities. That’s why I mentioned earlier I have a problem with her being a flat character because she’s basically a saint. What I mostly love about the book is that none of the characters lead a total perfect lives. Fern is flawed physically, but her spirit isn’t. Ambrose may seem perfect, but he also learns what it’s like to be on the other side of the world. Both of them and the other side characters have their own dynamic and problems. They have their goods and their bads. They learn about life, guilt, grief, loss, joy, contentment, and happiness. ️🎉

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To conclude everything, I give the book 4.0 stars. And I think everyone should read this book. It’s beautiful, touching, heart-breaking, powerful, emotional, and inspiring. ❤️ I’m glad I picked this one up. I have no regret reading it. 🙂

That’s all I wanna say about the book. Let me know if you have read it or not and what you think of the book. Thank you for reading. I’m signing off now. See ya! 😘