Book Review: Making Faces – Amy Harmon

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In the small town of Hannah Lake, everyone knows everyone, but they certainly know wrestling star Ambrose Young, devastatingly beautiful, kind, on the road to a college scholarship and stardom. Fern Taylor, on the other hand, is the local pastor’s daughter, used to melting into the background aiding her cousin, Bailey. On the 11th September 2001, everything changes. As the town watches, horrified as a plane crashes close to home, five boys decide to fight for their country, one comes home. Could anything be beautiful again?

Oh my goodness, what a novel. What a novel. It’s been quite a while since I fell in love with a good work of fiction and Amy Harmon has produced something that will be hard to beat. A novel that focuses on love, loss, sacrifice, friendship and beauty I very nearly cried at multiple points. I didn’t know when the novel was set and by coincidence, I started reading on the anniversary of 9/11, which just made it hit harder. To think and imagine how it impacted young adults at the time and those who came home from war a shell of the person they were before.

I really felt connected to all of the characters. Fern was a brilliant character, I cared about her because she wasn’t a perfect girl. There’s definitely an ugly duckling vibe to her, but she doesn’t seem to feel sorry for herself constantly she gets on with it and just accepts who she is. I think, however, my favourite character of the entire novel is Bailey I like his wit, his outlook and just the optimism he has. I loved the relationship between Fern and Bailey too, there was genuine love and friendship it went much deeper than just being cousins.

The subject matter is incredibly tough and the way that Harmon has managed to weave in hope and a heartfelt message of beauty coming from within was wonderful. This is definitely going to be on my recommendation list. I also want to get my hands on more of Harmon’s novels. I gave this a very rare 5 stars. This is a truly wonderful book, Harmon makes you think about these characters and issues for days after. I was absolutely in love throughout, even though it made me want to sob. I’d recommend it to everyone!

 

Thank you to Netgalley for providing this Advance Reader Copy.

The day I became a real Journalist!

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I realise that a lot of my posts are being very boring and samey at the moment. It’s just constantly saying goodbye, packing and being nervous. Today I thought this post would be the same and I’m very aware of boring you all! So to my surprise whileI was eating with my Mum I recieve and email from Be the Red Carpet magazine (something I have recently joined) asking if I could cover a phone interview with Lee from 90’s pop band 911 as they are making a big come back. My nerves were in pieces and me and mum had to run around town trying to get everything done as I researched, wrote questions and prayed my phone wouldn’t die before I called him. So my first interview took place in my mums car in the town center car park, luckily Lee was an absolute star and was so kind to me. It was so surreal to just phone him up and have a chat although it always helps when the person is laid back. I definately want to be a journalist now, well if I can’t be a musician I will specialise in music and events. It gave me so much self confidence!

Today was non-stop from the minute I woke up. After shopping and the interview I raced to my grandparents to say goodbye and have my family birthday party with all my little cousins, it really was a lovely time. Then tonight packing again! There have been tears already between me and Mum but that’s to be expected, we cry at anything and eveything. I’m not nervous about moving yet, I don’t think it’s hit me properly. I’m really hoping everything fits in the car tomorrow!!!