Sunday, October 27, 2013

Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Making Faces
+5 Fangs

Making faces is the story of Fern Taylor, her cousin Bailey and Ambrose Young.

Ambrose is a high school super star. He is gorgeous and an excellent athlete.  Everyone wants to be his friend.  He has four sport buddies and they do everything together, including going to prom without dates.
Fern is in love with him but he has no idea of the extent of her love for him.  She is quiet, shy girl who is not gorgeous.  She is very self conscious about herself.

“If God made all our faces, did he laugh when he made me? Does he make the legs that cannot walk and eyes that cannot see? Does he curl the hair upon my head 'til it rebels in wild defiance? Does he close the ears of a deaf man to make him more reliant? Is the way I look a coincidence or just a twist of fate? If he made me this way, is it okay, to blame him for the things I hate? For the flaws that seem to worsen every time I see a mirror,For the ugliness I see in me, for the loathing and the fear. Does he sculpt us for his pleasure, for a reason I can't see? If God makes all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?”

Her only saving grace is her cousin Bailey.  He is her strength and she is his.

Brosie and his friends enlist and go to war. Tragedy strikes and Ambrose is hurt badly.  From here on
Ambrose Young is a broken soul.  He is living his own hell and he has so much guilt that it takes away everything that he cares for.  He becomes almost a recluse. The only thing that changes him is Fern. Fern's love for Ambrose is absolutely wonderful.  She is the salve to put him back together.  She is his best medicine.

Let me start by saying that this book is an inspiration. I'm usually not a fan of third person but Amy makes it work.
The blurb is enough to make you want to read this book but it actually doesn't do it justice.
Once you start you won't be able to put this book down. Even while writing my review my eyes are getting misty just remembering these characters. I can't tell you how beautiful this book is. Like I said before it's an inspiration.  I cried. Some very sad tears, some happy tears. The end broke me. It was beautiful. The last line should be expected but it took me completely by surprise.

If you haven't read this book you are missing out on a soul searching, wrenching, amazing, beautiful craft story.

“I've been in love with you since you helped me bury that spider in my garden, and you sang with me like we were singing “Amazing Grace” instead of “The Itsy, Bitsy Spider.” I've loved you since you quoted Hamlet like you understood him, since you said you loved ferris wheels more than roller coasters because life shouldn't be lived at full speed, but in anticipation and appreciation. I read and re-read your letters to Rita because I felt like you'd opened up a little window into your soul, and the light was pouring out with every word. They weren't even for me, but it didn't matter. I loved every word, every thought, and I loved you . . . so much.” 

More than 5 fangs- just read it.


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