Review: Making Faces by Amy Harmon

Making Faces was a book club read and the only book I read on Kindle in 2016! My old Kindle died ages ago, and since I have an iPad I never bothered buying a new device. I just use the app.

Spoilers below!

Summary:

Ambrose Young has always had it all: looks, athleticism, and a heart, but he never noticed Fern who had loved him since she was a child. He goes off to war with his four closest friends and his life is forever changed. After returning to his small hometown, he befriends Fern and her cousin Bailey as he struggles to come to terms with what happened overseas. He gradually falls in love with Fern as he heals, both emotionally and physically.

My Thoughts:

This book would make a great Lifetime or Hallmark channel movie. Soldiers killed in war, one of them survives, and finds love with the awkward girl back home. It’s the exact type of movie moms like to cry over and text their daughters about: “You have to watch this movie, it was just so sweet. I cried. Let me tell you more about how it made me cry.” (Not that I've experienced this firsthand…)

One thing I actually thought was sweet were the notes that Ambrose and Fern shared. I liked reading their back and forth. The notes started pretty early on and were used several times in the story, but I liked it best when Ambrose had returned and they left each other whiteboard notes at work. To me, that felt like their first true interaction.

I’m no expert on soldiers and how they’re stationed, but I thought it was weird that all five of these friends that went off to war stayed together the entire time. They went to basic together, left for the Middle East together, and were on the same exact assignment when four of them were killed. How often are five guys who were best friends in high school given the exact same job? And how often would they patrol together? I don’t think that’s how it works.

Bailey, Fern’s cousin, was the best character in the book. He was much more interesting than Ambrose or Fern, and his self-sacrificing moment toward the end of the book was pretty depressing. That scene was the only one in the book to stir my emotions even though I had sensed something bad was about to happen. Cue crying moms.

I’m not sure if this was self-published or not, but there were a lot of typos. Periods would randomly be missing, the parentheses wouldn’t match up, and words such as “sense” were used when “since” would’ve been correct. I hate reading through sloppy editing. I know mistakes happen, but it’s rare to find those in a published novel. If I’m caught up in the story, missing punctuation brings the movie in my head to a screeching halt and jerks me back to the real world. I just get annoyed. I can forgive one error, maayyybe two, but I caught at least twenty. There’s just no excuse for that.

Rating:

I decided to rate this one 1.5 out of 5. I didn’t necessarily hate it; I didn’t really feel much about it at all, except for where Bailey was concerned. As I said, it would be a great Lifetime movie - if that's your thing then you'd probably like this book.