Making Faces by Amy Harmon
You know how when you start reading a book and you get only a few pages into it and start to revel in its prose? One where, if it were told any differently, it wouldn't be nearly as poetically enjoyable to read? That happened to me while reading Making Faces faster than it has with nearly any other book. It's not just the sentence structure that caught my attention, but it's Amy Harmon's ability to weave such a tale of emotional awareness with surprises and smiles and tears that caught me off-guard in such a beautiful way. I can't even put together a summary of the book because telling anything more than just "a coming-of-age story met with tragedy and healing romance." Making Faces is more that just a must-read; it's required reading. [October 2013]
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.