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Making Faces by Amy Harmon
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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?

I need a moment to catch my breath.
This story was absolutely beautiful.
Just. Beautiful.
Easily one of the best reads of the year.

My heart is in complete euphoria after all the emotions it went through. I ached, I loved, I smiled, I cried and after I read the words The End I felt…alive. No matter what curveballs life throws at you, you always have to believe that there is "a bigger purpose, a bigger picture that we only can contribute a very small piece to."

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.

I absolutely love Fern. She’s one of the sweetest, most loyal, & most genuine heroines you’ll ever encounter. I cannot find one single mean thing to say about her. She’s not the prettiest girl and is often overlooked; almost like a wallflower. She’s so loving and loyal to her best friend, Bailey. The way she takes care of him, it makes her shine so brightly. When she loves someone, it’s real and it’s lasting. Bailey is a testament to that. As for Ambrose Young, well she’s loved him since they were young and he helped bury a spider (Yes, I admit, I cried at this part, too, and I'm not ashamed :) It didn’t matter if he was the best looking guy, or if his face was damaged beyond repair – she just loved…him.

Gorgeous, quiet, popular, yet reserved. He’s the star of the high school wrestling team. He’s far from cocky, and he is extremely smart. He’s got a full scholarship to Penn State after he graduates, but he wants a break from the pressures of being who he is. After the events of 9/11, he decides to join the Army and convinces his four closest friends to join with him. But when the time comes and the town is preparing for the return of the five boys, only Ambrose comes back alive – scarred and forever changed. He shuns any attention, only wanting to hide and be left alone. However, when he accidently runs into Fern, he’s left with mixed emotions. Gone is the awkward girl with glasses and untamed flaming red hair. In her place is a girl who’s unassumingly pretty. She turns his world upside down, especially when it becomes apparent that she doesn’t care about his scarred face.

Oh Bailey, I don’t know how adequately describe how I feel about you. Life throws you a BIG curveball and no matter how many times you fall, your positive outlook in life is the stuff inspirations are made of. You make me want to live life to the fullest & be thankful for everything positive thing in my life. You are kind, loyal, loving & and your friendship with your cousin, Fern, is one of the strongest bonds I’ve ever read. You made me cry, both happy and sad tears, which as I type these words are threatening to spill again. I love you, Bailey. You are a true Hero in my book.

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?

Just like Amy Harmon’s Running Barefoot, this story is utterly beautiful & perfectly written. It doesn’t have steam, but I couldn’t care less. The story is perfect just the way it is. I love all the relationships happening in the story. Fern & Bailey, Ambrose & his teammates - they were all so heartbreakingly real and emotional. And let's not forget the relationship between Fern & Ambrose. These two broken characters are so different, but are so alike; together they are sweet and so beautiful. I couldn’t put their story down. I was so sad when it was all over and will definitely be reading this again. Highly, HIGHLY recommend.

Favorite quotes

Fern had been reading romance since she was thirteen years old. She had fallen in love with Gilbert Blythe from “Anne of Green Gables” and was hungry to fall in love like that over and over again. (Ummm…this made me smile like a loon because I am EXACTLY the same way. I love Gilbert Blythe!)

“You are still beautiful,” Fern said softly, her face turned to his. He was quiet for a moment, be he didn’t pull away or groan or deny what she’d said.
“I think that statement is more a reflection of your beauty than mine”

He was a jock with a poet’s soul, and the heroes in Fern’s novels had nothing on him. Nothing.

“Ambrose Young! I have waited my whole life for you to want me. If you don’t hold me tight I won’t believe you mean it, and that’s worse than never being held at all. You’d better make me believe you mean it, Ambrose, or you will most definitely break me.”

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Reading Progress

October 31, 2013 – Started Reading
October 31, 2013 – Shelved
October 31, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
November 1, 2013 – Shelved as: 2013
November 1, 2013 – Shelved as: crack-books
November 1, 2013 – Shelved as: favorites
November 1, 2013 – Shelved as: first-love-crush
November 1, 2013 – Shelved as: highly-emotional
November 1, 2013 – Shelved as: lead-character-s-sports-star
November 1, 2013 – Shelved as: must-re-read-again
November 1, 2013 – Shelved as: new-adult-mature-ya
November 1, 2013 – Shelved as: ultimate-book-boyfriend
November 1, 2013 – Finished Reading

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Melissa glad you liked it :)

Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog One of the best books I've read all year! Highly recommend :)

Alexis *Reality Bites* What a BEAUTIFUL review Tessamari!! LOVE IT!!! ;)

Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!* wrote: "What a BEAUTIFUL review Tessamari!! LOVE IT!!! ;)"

Awwww!!! Thank you so much, Alexis <3 =)

Yomi M. Amazing review Tessamari :)

Tessamari ♥Many Waters...♥ ~ Sweet Spot Book Blog Yomi Milanesa wrote: "Amazing review Tessamari :)"

Thank you so much, Yomi!! I just adored the frick out of this book!

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Carisa great review!

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