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Making Faces

Making Faces - Amy Harmon

Making Faces was a really nice surprise in terms of the New Adult genre (which seems to be 90% eye-rolling melodrama) as well as the fact that it's self-published. Despite some predictable elements to the plot, Making Faces was a lovely read. The story unfolds in pieces, building Fern, Ambrose, and Bailey's entertwined pasts until we're in the present and everything comes to a head. The prose was sometimes flat, and there was some telling-not-showing, but then there were moments - and passages - that were really profound & poignant. What Ms. Harmon lacks in prose she makes up for by creating well-rounded characters and building the plot in careful layers. So much NA is heavy on relationship angst and drama, but Making Faces was all about longing & growing up & the heartbreak of life & moving forward. 

"I've loved you since you quoted Hamlet like you understood him, since you said you loved ferris wheels more than roller coasters because life shouldn't be lived at full speed, but in anticipation and appreciation."

“She decided she would just be a fairy because she liked the option of flying without the responsibility of saving the world.”