6 beautiful stars!
After The Bronze Horseman series I kept telling myself that I may not find another story worthy of six stars but I did.
Making Faces is that kind of story that stays with the readers. Despite the slow – very slow – build and the high school day-to-day activities that were dragging more than necessary, this book is ultimately so worth it. This is that kind of book that the very last pages of it are the ones the change the whole meaning and make you realize just why they are so popular ever though the start is kind of mediocre.
Making Faces is the story of a small town where five young men go off to war, and only one comes back. Ambrose Young was the most beautiful guy at school. But when he returns from war, he is marked in more ways than one.
He went from being the most popular kid in school to hiding in his father’s bakery. Away from all the families he feels he hurt by going to war and being the only one that survived.
If God saved my life, why didn’t he save their lives?
Is my life so much more valuable? So I’m special… and they’re not?
Fern Taylor is that kind of girl that I just want to reach into the book and pull her out but she is way too kind and way too beautiful on the inside to not be a person in the world. She is the kind of girl that reads and writes and dreams and asks questions like…
If God made all our faces, did he laugh when he made me?
Their worlds collide when Fern starts writing love notes to Ambrose on behalf of someone else. And they are brought together again when Fern uses notes to communicate with Ambrose who has locked himself away from others.
Returning home Ambrose finds himself unable to deal with the other families that lost their children in war – his friends. He finds himself unable to get back to the routine – most physically and emotionally – and go on with his life. Apart from the scared face and the disabilities, he finds it hard to find a new meaning in the world.
Fern is the girl that helps her friend Bailey. The one who is in a wheelchair and needs all the care in the world. The one who wants to live life to the fullest because to him every moment is precious.
What I loved about this story is not Fern and Ambrose or their love story but another character all together. Bailey. That one person that teaches everyone to love no matter what; love no matter the appearance; love no matter the flaws; love because you can. There are probably a million different things that I want to talk about and it will totally spoil the book.
Making Faces is a beautiful story about loss and beauty and how some people have the ability to not only look pass the flaws but love someone because of them. Six stars are not enough; a book that everyone should read!