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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  65,029 ratings  ·  8,406 reviews
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 w ...more
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Published October 12th 2013
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Here's my casting for Ambrose^^^


Absolutely breathtaking! 5 stars!! ★★★★★

This book blew me away!! It was beautifully written and deeply moving, with a very powerful message about true beauty, silver linings, and second chances. A poignant and unconventional tale about heroism, courage, love, loss, friendship, and self-acceptance. 

Every once in a while a book comes a long that, from the moment I first hear about it, takes over my mind and heart and doesn't let go unti
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Let Me Just . . .

The end of this book broke my heart and made me rage. Okay, the very end was a good ending. But before that I just, there was, WAIT . . .

So in this book I loved many characters but my favorites were Fern, Bailey and Ambrose. Fern and Bailey are cousins who live next door to each other. Bailey has muscular dystropy and Fern helps him in anything he needs. They are wonderful characters and funny and smart and dorks and I loved them. I wanted to be their best friend. Yes, I say th
Kristin (KC)
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kristin (KC) by: Amy | Foxy Blogs
*5+++ Stars!*

A touching portrayal of not only finding beauty within, but of finding the beauty within the ugly...

There's so much beauty to be found in this story, and not nearly enough words to adequately honor it. This book starts off simple — discreet even — with an undeniable depth and wisdom that slowly sneaks up and consumes you. Its incredible insight is gently suggested, but powerfully received. With an expertly smooth execution, this author makes it all seem entirely effortless as she st
This book had been on my radar for a long time. Let me say that I have never read an Amy Harmon book that I didn't love. So why did I put off reading this one for so long? Well, I honestly just wasn't ready to suffer another heartache at the hands of this incredibly talented author. Her books are always beautiful, but highly emotional. I have to be in the right frame of mind to dive into one of her books, with my tissues handy and ready to shed a few tears.

As expected, 'Making Faces' was exactly
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More than 5 Stars!

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Wow... just wow! This is one of those special books I wish I could give extra stars to- 5 stars, it just doesn’t seem adequate. When I read a story like this, it’s hard to put it into words how I feel. This book blew me away. One of the very best books I’ve read this year!

Fern Taylor and Ambrose Young...

Fern is that awkward girl. Red hair, freckles, glasses, braces. She loves to read, takes care of her best friend and cousin, Bailey, and remains closed off to most. Those
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Ambrose …. But imagine him with longer hair!

Nobody or Nowhere?
Fern: I’d rather be nobody at home than somebody somewhere else.
Ambrose: I’d rather be nowhere. Being nobody when you’re expected to be somebody gets old.
Fern: How would you know? Have you ever been nobody?
Ambrose: Everybody who is somebody becomes nobody the moment they fall.


Saw a review for this book and it sounded fantastic so started it yesterday.

Fern… Sweet, Sweet Fern

The w
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing

The answer is always the same when it comes to Amy Harmon's books. Both. I am not sure anything I'll say will do justice to Making Faces. It was a contradiction, sunny days swimming in a lake and nights full of nightmares, a song of mourning and hope that stirred a whirlwind of emotions that could be released only through tears, a lament and an ode to beauty. Beauty that can be found within, in caring, and giving and sharing. And honoring those you left behind by
AℳY♔Teens against YA♔ GET IT LET IT ROLL
Harmon sensei is the best writer ever! She couldn't write a bad book even if she wanted to.
You need to read this. It took me months but finally I recommended this book to every single one of my friends.
Now be polite and treat my heartfelt rec with care. I poured my soul and heart into it.

You don't want to read it? Shelve as "not now" or "nope" or something. I can't recommend a book you have in your shelves. And I will recommend this book again in a month or so a
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this 10 stars, I would. How do I explain the emotions that this book evoked? Dear Lord.

Reading Making Faces felt as if I was in a movie theatre, one that had a three sixty degree high definition screen, where each character was portrayed in bold and vivid colours. I felt the pain, joy, sadness, victory, serenity; emotions that were pulled almost effortlessly.

It's difficult to write a review that could even remotely explain how this story decimated my heart.

From Fern to Ambrose t
Jennifer Kyle
This isn’t just a military book,

this isn’t just a romance book,

this isn’t just a new adult book,

For me, this is “the book” of 2013!


”Victory is in the battle.”

Amy Harmon hit it out of the park with this story. The writing is PHENOMENAL the storyline UNIQUE and the characters UNFORGETTABLE!!

This story is brilliantly told in a narrative format of Fern, Baily, Rita, Ambrose and the friends and families of Hannah Lakes, PA.

The writing had me continuously highlighting quote after quote. The st
***2.8 stars***


I'll try to make it short.
This book didn't work for me for few reasons, and to be honest, I think I'm being too generous giving 2.8, but I loved Bailey that much.

There was no debt to her character and no growth. From the flashbacks from her childhood to present day, she stayed the same mellow character throughout the whole book. At first, I though she was cute and sweet, but after couple of hundred pages of reading the same thing over an
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol [Goodreads Addict] by: Kelly
Making Faces is the first book I have read by Amy Harmon. Even though I knew what it was going to be about, I wasn’t prepared for the beauty of the words. I wasn’t prepared for the impact the words would have on me. And I wasn’t prepared for the raw emotions this book would make me feel.

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Fern Taylor is a red headed waif like girl that maybe took a little longer than some to blossom. She had curly crazy red hair, was small and wore braces until her senior year in high school. Her father is a
Amy | Foxy Blogs
$2.99 (normally $30.00) ➜

Re-Read (8/5/2015)
I actually listened to this one on a couple family car trips. Even though it's been two years since I originally read it I still experienced all the same feels.
My teens verdict -> they loved it. Thumbs up all around.

I feel inadequate to write a review that will do this st
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

Going in to this book, I thought I new what to expect. I new it had a military theme because I'd read the blurb and I thought I new what was going to happen.

So imagine my surprise when I read it and discovered that it wasn't at all about what I expected. This is Fern and Ambrose's story, but it's about so much more than that. It's a story about loss, pain and self acceptance.

Making Faces sends a messages to the reader. For me the one word that came to mind is Perception. We all have our own per
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 Stars!!


“Making Faces" was hands down the most emotional book I have read by this author. Once again Amy Harmon bewitched me with her beautiful story, captivating flawless writing and her fantastic storytelling. I was so hooked from the beginning that I couldn’t put it down. This book was everything I was expected and everything I wanted. “Making Faces” is a touching, though-provoking, beautifully written story about life, love, family, self-acceptance and friendship. Is a story about what it
Pearl Angeli
(More than) 5 Stars!!!

Talk about an amazing book at its most extreme! This book is a rare gem. You know it's crafted to tear your heart into a million pieces but you still read it anyways 'coz it's beautifully written and heartfelt!


"Maybe everyone represents a piece of the puzzle. We all fit together to create this experience we call life. None of us can see the part we play or the way we see are just the tip of the iceberg. And maybe we just don't recognize the blessings that come as a
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
what a surprise this book was. the kind of quiet surprise that ever so quietly draws closer to you, step by step, until its staring right back at you, making you realise and say, ‘oh, there you are. i didnt know how much i needed you.’

this was such a tender love story, as all love stories should be. but where the surprise came from was not the fondness i felt for the romantic and healing love between two people who desperately needed it, but seeing the importance of a strong and resilient love b
• Lisa •
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to • Lisa • by: Mo

"And so we endure. We have faith that there is purpose. We have hope for things that we can't see. We believe that there are lessons in loss, power in love ...

"... and that we have within us the potential for a beauty so magnificent that our bodies can't contain it."

Well readers I could not resist going straight into this book, everywhere I turned this book was all over my Goodreads feed. So like the dutiful addict I am and with several recommendations thrown my way I
Maria✦❋Steamy Reads Blog❋✦

➦This is definitely a book that makes you feel and think about things like your own mortality, standards of beauty and dealing with the loss of loved ones. It's not just a love a story, it's a story that will have you experience emotions while you go through the journey with the characters.

Fern is a girl who experiences an "ugly girl syndrome." She in not particularly pretty and she is awkward. That, however, does not stop her from loving Ambrose, a beautiful boy and a wrestler at her high sch
Penny Reid
WARNING: Do not read this book while flying on a plane sitting next to a judgy, disapproving man who is giving you no elbow space and who has no Kleenex tissues because:

This book was recommended to me by Jenny the Book Sojourner ( and now I have to add her to my Festivus card list and send her a thank you bouquet of flowers.

Mali Mor ❤️ The Romantic Blogger

Ambrose Young is a handsome, popular and a talented athlete. He's the kind of guy you see on the covers of romantic novels (according to Fern). Sure, he's beautiful on the outside - but also on the inside, only he doesn't show it... 💥

Fern Taylor knows she's the kind of girl you ignored because of her wild red hair, freckles, crooked teeth and thick glasses - but Fern is an ugly duckling who turns out to be a swan. She's beautiful inside and out. ❤

📚 𝐈𝐟 𝐆𝐨𝐝 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐜𝐞𝐬, 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐚𝐮𝐠𝐡 𝐰𝐡
5 COMPLETELY AMAZING STARS!!! (And only because I can’t give more than 5.)


In a town when everyone knows each other and things don’t remain hidden for very long, Fern is love with Ambrose since she was a little kid and he helped her with a spider’s funeral. But Fern never thought that she could be pretty enough for him and so she kept her feelings secret.
But then the September 11th came and it changed a small town’s life. Ambrose got to war and when he came back, he was different… he was seen to
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4.5 Stars


“It’s hard to come to terms with the fact that you aren’t ever going to be loved the way you want to be loved.”


I knew I would love this book.

I don’t know why. This book is so far out of my usual comfort-zone it’s ridiculous. I never read NA. Usually my cynical brain gets bored half-way through a romance.

But somehow I gravitated towards this title, and wished for it on Netgalley late one night. So imagine my surprise when my wish was granted—four years after the publicat
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
5 Overcoming Stars!

”Victory is in the battle”

Wow this book… What can I say other than it just moved me in ways that I didn’t expect… I laughed, I cried, my heart broke for the characters. I as well as most every other girl has felt a case of UGS growing up. I knew a boy who suffered from MD. I was 18 and just starting college when the September 11, 2001 attack happened. I know how that day affected me. I know people who joined the military and went off to war as a result of the attacks and

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 littl
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful, quiet novel. The type that drips into your heart slowly, and takes it over. Rich with emotion and character driven stories and their lives that'll teach you something.
I felt like I was living in an alternative universe whilst reading this.
The best part about this book is how it challenges the notion of beauty and what matters. What is long-lasting. What is beauty anyway and why when the word is mentioned it is reduced to it just meaning the outer body?

There's a feeling in my
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amy Harmon Fans, Romance
Recommended to Wendy'sThoughts by: Mo
5 Stars and Beyond (2013)
* * * * * Spoiler Free-Thank you to all of the previous reviewers and a special shout out to Mo for personally recommending this book to me.
Books provide a lot of purposes for us, in my opinion.

Some educate.

Some take us to a place of fantasy with the use of otherworldly places and characters; allowing us to experience things not possible in this existence.

Some present sweet concepts of love, happiness, and family with very little hardship and a perfect ending.

All of t
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book was painful, beautiful, sad and heartwarming all at once.


Ambrose Young is beautiful. Hercules beautiful. With his dark hair that touches his shoulders, muscular body and eyes that burn right through you.
Fern taylor is quite the opposite.
With her pail and small body, short, red and curly hair she looks more like Annie than a high school student. Because they were so different, Fern loved Ambrose from afar, thinking someone like him could never love someone like her... until he wa
I'm gonna start this review off with an embarrassing confession... I read the first 10% of this book at home, then the next 89% of it at work, and then the last 1% of it in the car on the way home from work... I had like three pages left and I just had to know what happened so as soon at I hit the red light near the EarthFare I knew it was my chance to read the last three pages... Bad move on my part. As I read the last few sentences I started balling my eyes out and completely forgetting I was ...more
Amy Harmon
Feb 20, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
MAKING FACES is now available at your local bookstore with never before seen BONUS CONTENT, published by Spencer Hill Press: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Also available in E-BOOK and AUDIO

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

"You loved ferris wheels more than roller coaster because life shouldn’t be lived at full speed, but in anticipation and appreciation."

"How did you know I needed you?"
“Because I needed you.”

Copyright © Amy Harmon
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Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good ...more

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“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?”
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