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 little beauty and a little beast in all of us
My Rating:5/5 stars
If you’re looking for a book that will make you cry, look no further Hidden Faces is the book for you. Hidden Faces follows the story of Ambrose Young and Fern Tyler, and their love and struggles as Ambrose goes off to war with his 4 best friends. Hidden Faces is not a book I would typically read as the synopsis is a little lackluster and seems really cliche but I had read one of Amy Harmon’s book before so I decided to give it a chance.
I’m really glad I read this,it’s a very beautiful and tragic book. It’s a story of love,friendship and the effects that war has on humanity. Amy Harmon has this way of weaving a story that grabs you instantly. Making Faces was a book I didn’t know I wanted, but the minute I started reading it,I realized this book would be amazing and that I would love it.It’s not just a love story,this is a book that talks about PTSD,abuse,disability and so much more. Yes it’s a love story, but there’s so much more to do this book.
The best part of this book was the characters. They’re extremely interesting and different characters whose paths intertwine as the story goes on. Of course first,you have the main characters Fern and Ambrose. Ambrose starts out as a jock figure who’s the champion at his school in wrestling. After the events of 9/11, he enlists in the Iraq War with his 4 friends. 2 years later, he comes back completely changed. This is when he meets Fern. Though he knew her in High-School, he never really noticed her.Now he does, and they steadily start to grow a friendship with her.This of course eventually blossoms into something more. It’s nice to see the development of Ambrose, and how his character changes because of the war.
If I had to choose, I’d say that Fern has the least character development out all of them. She’s very basic, I really like her,but there’s not that much about her. She’s been in love with Ambrose for as a long as she could remember, and she writes romance novels.When not thinking about romance, she hangs out with her cousin Bailey who is unable to walk due to a disease.Bailey is a great addition to the story, he’s hilarious, a loyal friend and though his disability makes him unable to do certain things, that isn’t the defining part of his personality.
Amy Harmon has this incredible talent to be able to create this mood that’s unlike any other book.They’re just something about her writing that draws you in, and I can’t explain what it is. It’s that type of addictive writing that has you reading all the time.It makes the story all the more amazing.
Let me know what you thought of Making Faces if you’ve read it!