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review 2017-02-18 13:58
Why did it take me so long to read this...wow...so good!!!
Making Faces - Amy Harmon,Rob Shapiro

Book Title:  Making Faces

Author:  Amy Harmon

Narration: Rob Shapiro

Series:  Stand Alone

Genre:  Young Adult/New Adult, Contemporary Romance

Source:  Audible Audiobook

 

 

 

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♪♫MY PICK FOR BOOK THEME SONG♫♪

 

 Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara --A heartfelt song for a heartfelt story.

♫But there's a hope that's waiting for you in the dark

You should know you're beautiful just the way you are

And you don't have to change a thing, the world could change its heart

No scars to your beautiful, we're stars and we're beautiful…♫

 

 

 

⇝Ratings Breakdown⇜

 

Plot:  5/5

Characters:  5+/5

The Feels:  5+/5

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme:  5+/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

 

Will I read more from this Author?  Of course!

 

 

 

⇝My Thoughts⇜

 

A beautiful story that's so much more than a romance…a story about all the different kinds of love and loyalty.  I don't know why I waited so long to read this book.  I ended up adding narration to this for a discounted price and I don't regret it one bit.  Rob Shapiro was amazing as a narrator.  He is a new fav for me. 

Yes, it made me cry, but most of it was the good kind of crying.  Everything about this book was amazing…as my ratings breakdown says.  I wholeheartedly recommend this book.

⇝Sex Factor⇜ No, there isn't any, really.

 

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review 2017-01-01 22:24
Making Faces
Making Faces - Amy Harmon

Where do I even begin? Amy Harmon does it again with Making Faces, a novel that pulled me in many directions as it dealt with diversity, romance, friendship, family, war and life. Every time I read one of her novels, I feel that I have just read my favorite Harmon story so as of right now, I have read four novels of Amy’s and I have four favorites of Amy’s. Amy stories come at me, she holds nothing back as her characters share their lives with me, their drama keeps me up at night as I become one with their world. I highly recommend you read one of Amy’s novels, Making Faces is a fantastic one to start with because as of right now, it is my favorite. Fern, Rita and Bailey have been friends for years. I truly enjoyed and adored these relationships, they were great diverse and unique individuals who were dealing with major decisions and life. Bailey lives in the moment believing that his days are numbered because of the disease which has taken over his body causing him to rely on a wheelchair for transportation. Fern, is a close friend of Bailey’s who is also a closet writer. She hopes that someday her romance stories will be published but in the meantime, she’ll read other author’s novels and dream. I was touched reading their stories and when Rita was introduced, she fit right in with them. Wanting to seduce the sexy Ambrose with written text, Rita turns to her good friend Fern who is talented with words. Fern’s written words just might be what attracts Ambrose to Rita if all goes well and things don’t get too complicated. It’s their senior year, college is just around the corner for some and for others…what is their option? Of course, it’s going to get complicated.

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review 2015-07-13 03:19
Making Faces by Amy Harmon
Making Faces - Amy Harmon

 

Needs more Bailey!!!

It was slow with a lot of telling, random and often useless information coming out of nowhere, plus I couldn't get a handle on these characters —couldn't even tell if their actions were out of character.
The only good thing about this book was Bailey. There were parts that really touched me and those parts consisted of Bailey. So, if this book were only about Bailey it'd be a hit with me. Otherwise, it was an okay read with a good message. Just wasn't memorable for me.

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text 2015-02-22 20:36
Making Faces, New Adult Project
Making Faces - Amy Harmon

Technically this is next on my New Adult Project, but I won't be reading this. Why? Because it has a heavy religious aspect to it. (Christianity and all the double standards that come with it.) Therefore I will be skipping this, because despite what it might seem like, I do not want to read books I know I will not like/enjoy. Also, I will more than likely end up giving this a rating that reflects my personal views as an atheist rather than the books actual content.

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review 2015-01-02 00:00
Making Faces
Making Faces - Amy Harmon First book of the year! And I really should have chosen better…

Fern is a plain girl who has a crush on Ambrose, the school’s wrestling champion. He never pays attention to her. After 9/11, he goes to Iraq with his friends; they all die and he’s left horribly scarred. When he gets back, Fern and her best friend, Bailey, help him overcome his trauma and become “a better person”.

The person who recommended it to me definitely does not have the same taste as I do for books. I already knew that, but since this one was listed as “contemporary” rather than “romance” or “chick lit”, and since she assured me I would love it, I thought I’d give it a shot. In the end, it’s a Harlequin romance with lots of pretension thrown up on it. I guess it’s also a nice reminder that, just because I’m only reading books by women, it does not at all mean I’m free of misogyny.

Overall enjoyment: Nope.

Plot: Meh. I really don’t mind overused tropes, I am a fan of fanfiction, after all. But they have to be well done to keep my interest, and this one didn’t.

Characters: Classic manic-pixie-dream-girl as a protagonist (Fern). And I do mean classic, every single post you’ve seen on Tumblr about this applies to her. Her love interest, Ambrose (who, in the end, is the one who gets the character development), is a jock who never paid attention to her in highschool but then came back from the war horribly scarred and had to rethink his idea of beauty (which really doesn’t matter, because during this time she lost her braces, started using contacts, tamed her hair and grew breasts). A potentially interesting character as her best friend, Bailey, a boy with a rare degenerative disease.

World/setting: I guess if I were American I might have appreciated this better. This small town thing, where everybody knows and judges everybody and believe that is their right, feels stifling to me.

Writing style: Nothing special, but not particularly bad, either. She does tend to be over dramatic sometimes, but her voice was actually one of the few things I enjoyed. Simple and straightforward, if a bit corny in some points.

Representation: One of the main characters was disabled, so she gets points for that. However, straight cis-sexuality is the only one existing in her world. There are a couple of people described as dark-skinned, but that’s as far as their characterization goes and they are called “exotic” more than once. Passes Bechdel by a hair’s breadth (Fern remembers her mother talking to her friend) but fails the Mako Mori test.

Political correctness: UGH. The whole book is permeated with Christian religious morals, and I mean that in the worst sense possible: slut-shaming, victim blaming, against abortion. There is a secondary character, Rita, who ends up marrying an abuser. During prom, while they’re still not married, Fern actually says she fears he’ll beat Rita for dancing with Bailey, and that’s it. Nothing is done, nobody takes any kind of action at all. The narrator doesn’t even comment on it, as if it were just a matter of course. And then, later, when Rita tells Fern she’s pregnant and she had a life long dream of traveling to Europe, Fern actually tells her to get married and give up on that dream, even though she knows the guy is an abuser. For fuck’s sake, the girl was begging to be told to have an abortion.

Like I said, I should have chosen better. Hopefully the future books will be better than this…
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