Book Review – Making Faces by Amy Harmon

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Hello, and welcome to a book club book review!

Each month one of us picks a book we like the sound of, and that is the book we read and discuss. We thought that instead of one us writing a full review, we would all contribute to it, giving you five (quite different) opinions.

This month it was my choice. I spend about a month before it’s my turn reading blurbs, looking at covers and generally researching books. I was in the mood for some New Adult this month, and after I had chosen and then re-chosen my pick a few times (and finding one that one of us hadn’t read) I decided on this one. It has an amazing rating on Goodreads, and a blurb that had me intrigued.

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.

 

Making Faces is written in third person and from multiple points of view. There are also flashbacks for each character that are relevant to the current situation. Now all that could get very confusing, but it transitions so smoothly I hardly noticed, and not once did I find myself having to go back and check who’s view point I was reading from. I really enjoyed the flashback scenes, and found that they helped me connect to each character much better and thought they showed the foundation for the characters relationships too. There are so many things that I really loved about this book, like how many issues it confronts. There is war, disability and domestic abuse to name a few, and it does it in a realistic and honest way. The characters are authentic and I really felt like I went on a journey with each one. Bailey provides such a fresh perspective on life and is wise beyond his years.

‘Victory is in the battle’

There were a few things that I didn’t enjoy as much. The story is laced with religion, which isn’t anywhere in the blurb, and isn’t normally what I would read, but it was almost subtle in a way that it wasn’t such a big deal. Also the message of the story was very in your face, (no pun intended) and while I like the overall message it did feel like it was being shouted at me when it could have been spoken.

I was definitely left to think after finishing this book. Life can be hard, but there are always things to be grateful for. I will be recommending this book to everyone.

‘Everyone is a main character to someone’

Author – Laura

Warning – This is a powerful book. I cried. Quite a lot actually. I’m not going to tell you I enjoyed it, because I’m still not entirely sure that I did.

The story was well written, the characters were thoroughly developed and it all flowed together seamlessly.  I think it’s a great story, told sympathetically but without the saccharine mush that could make a book like this hard to digest. The subject matter is handled sensitively, and the three main characters are really likeable, without being annoying. The dialogue is snappy, and some of Bailey’s little snippets had me laughing out loud.

I’m really glad I read it, but would I read it again? Probably not. I’m almost out of Kleenex.

 

Author – Hazel

This novel is beautifully written. It is emotional, gripping and funny. The characters all had individuality and were relatable. My favourite character is Bailey, he is very blunt, to the point but humorous at the same time. I would definitely recommend this book, a great story, 5/5*’s :mrgreen:

 

Author – Toni

This book took my breath away! I found it to be an amazing read. It let me experience different emotions throughout – love, hate, anger, tears and happiness. I thought the characters were so courageous and had so much to offer. I particularly took a liking to Fern. I thought she was an inspiration. Her dedication to Bailey, her true friendship with Rita and the continued fight in her towards Ambrose. It felt a bit short though, and i would have liked just that little bit more.

 

Author – Yasmin

This book for me was very emotional and heartbreaking at points and I cried often throughout reading it, but it also has its funny moments where you can have a little giggle. The author has a wonderful way with words which made the story gripping from the very beginning. I loved all the characters and their personal stories of struggle, overcoming grief and finding support, friendship and love. I would definitely recommend this book for those who want a real heart warming story.

 

‘Books allow you to be whoever you want to be, to escape yourself for a while’.

 

And there you go! We did make a list of some of the questions asked, but as this is still new and we’re figuring out the format we weren’t sure if people would be interested in seeing them. If it is something you would want to see, let us know and we can include them from now on 🙂

Next months book is Yasmin’s pick – Book of the Fallen (Requiem #1) by Adriana Noir.

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