Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Genre: New Adult, Military
“If God makes 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 the deaf man to make him more reliant?
Is the way I look 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?”
Recently, I haven’t been reading as much as I usually do due to my busy schedule and prioritising my university work but when I do pick up a book, I try to make it one that I’ve been wanting to read for a long time but never really got the chance to. Making Faces is one of those. I’ve read so many great things about it and it just seemed like one of those kind of reads that never get old so I decided to finally read it…even though it did take me a really long while to finish.
I would just like to point out that this book is heavy on emotions…well it was for me anyway. It’s a book that comes with a heavy message which is portrayed in such a beautiful way. It’s not just a romance but it shows real life situations and sorrow, which I didn’t really anticipate to read about at first but it was a pleasant surprise. The story takes place in the past, around the early 2000’s, so there’s a lot of reminiscing feelings that arise.
It’s a tale about a young man, Ambrose, who’s beautiful and the kind of man that everyone would consider perfect. Naturally a lot of girls fell for him, including awkward teen, Fern. But beauty is only skin deep, and neither is it guaranteed. Ambrose likes to wrestle, for his team, his home town and with that came a lot of responsibilities he just wasn’t ready for. So when the chance arose to go off for a while, become a soldier, he decides that it may be the perfect opportunity for him. but he doesn’t go alone, his closest friends go with him. But then tragedy falls and only one makes it back. There’s so much heartbreak and pain of loss and what could have been that Ambrose is lost in his own little hell. But there was always that girl back home, Fern who would never pass up the chance to heal Ambrose with love.
I think the way this book was written is what made it so remarkable. It’s not just about the story but the way it gets to reader is also important and I think the writer did a fab job with the written presentation. There are a few recalls of the past, which were added in all the correct places, each adding a little bit more value to the story. It was sweet, it was bitter and sometimes it really did make me want to cry! I don’t particularly like when i read about past happenings in stories but I swear this book did it every justice. And there were also little themes added that were a highlight for me. Such as pondering upon heroes and what being a true hero and fighter really entails. Is it just in the physical sense or is it also about internal strength? It also shows the reader that every moment must be treasured because life really is short and that was portrayed really well through the use of probably one of my favourite characters in the story, Bailey Sheen. Even being on a wheelchair, he shows true strength and character, and I honestly cannot imagine him being any more perfect.
I loved loved loved the friendships in this story. What Bailey and Fern had was real and unconditional and it made my heart melt each time. And the bond that the boys all shared was really intense too, more like brotherhood rather than just friendship. There were so many beautiful moments between each relationship and it showed how every bond should be valued and treasured for what it is. And that’s exactly what each character did. Hence why this is so much more than an average love story because it goes beyond the main characters; Ambrose and Fern.
In terms of the actual love story, that was beautiful too. I know many new adults nowadays feel the need to input some sort of sexual scene but this book had none and it STILL managed to maintain it’s romance factor. It just proved that you really don’t need to have sex in your stories for it to be considered a romance. So Fern was always in love with Ambrose even if he didn’t know it. He was the one that every girl drooled over, but she was the geeky, awkward kid with braces and wild red hair so she never really felt like he would give her a chance, so she continued to love him from far. But beauty doesn’t last, and it’s more than just looks, and these two understand that more than anyone else.
So I recommend the hell out of this book. It’s not your average story, it WILL get you bawling and break your heart a little…. but it is beautiful at the same time. I enjoyed it immensely and I am extremely glad I got to read it! This author is so talented its crazy. She completely succeeds in making the perfect emotional story. Do give it a go if you haven’t done so already!