The Beauty That Remains

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The Beauty That Remains (Hardcover)
by Ashley Woodfolk
Probably one of the most moving books i have read for young adults in a long time. This book had me in tears, and nearly sobbing. The story follows three groups of friends after sudden teenage deaths. One teen dies of cancer, one of a car accident and one of suicide. How these affect those closest to them and their families is eye opening. Having dealt with the last one i can see the similarities. The book also has a multiracial view point, as each group of characters have ethnicity and cultural differences. It may be something that should be read in high school to help kids deal with loss, and understand the ramifications of their...

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The Beauty That Remains is--as you might guess from the title--is a rather beautiful book. It follows three distinct POVs: Autumn, whose best friend died in a car accident; Logan, whose ex-boyfriend died by suicide; and Shay, whose twin sister died after a battle with cancer. These are all different and distinct perspectives; Autumn is quiet and wracked with guilt; Logan is angry and turning to alcohol; and Shay is dealing with increasing anxiety.

And, of course, the stories begin to intertwine in a satisfying way, surrounding an important, now-defunct band of the local music scene. I loved how music influenced all of the characters, whether it was listening, viewing, managing, singing...

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In The Beauty that Remains Autumn, Shay and Logan, teens who are loosely connected by their interest in an Indie band known as Unraveling Lovely, have all lost a loved one. Autumn's best friend Tavia, who is Autumn's boyfriend Dante's sister, died in a car accident. Shay's twin sister Sasha died after a long battle with leukemia, and Logan's ex-boyfriend Bram committed suicide. They are all struggling in unhealthy ways. Autumn, who is blaming herself for opting out of the party from which Tavia was driving, is lashing out a everyone around her, including Dante, leaving her without a support system. Shay, whose family doesn't really know how to cope without...

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A beautifully written, heart wrenching story of love and loss that pulls at the heartstrings.
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The Beauty That Remains is a heartbreaking portrayal of loss, grief, and coping. It relates the stories of Autumn, Logan, and Shay, as they are left trying to pick up the shattered pieces of their hearts with the loss of their best friend, ex-boyfriend, and twin sister.

This book is told in alternating point of views and each character has their own way of coping with the loss of their loved one. Autumn deals with anger and guilt, for not being there with her best friend when the car accident happened. Logan carries grief and guilt for wishing his ex-boyfriend to "die alone" six months before he is found dead in their school gym. And Shay feels lonely and empty after being left...

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This book was okay. I wasn’t clutching my chest nor was I bored to tears. I’d say it is a plausible and relatable depiction of grief that would affect a sibling, a former significant other and a best friend. I found the thread that connected all of them to be very thin and given a bit more attention could have been more impactful. I did like having three different POV and felt that the switching between them motivated me to continue reading. The substance abuse though... I get that it’s a coping mechanism for grief but it’s not the ONLY one. It might be the most accessible to characters of this age, but can we be a little less transparent? And if you’re going to use it, let it be organic...

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Don’t you love the cover of THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS by Ashley Woodfolk (March 6; Random House; SLJ: Grade 9 up)? The story is also multi-faceted, being told from three perspectives by racially diverse characters: Autumn, Shay, and Logan each of whom have lost someone they loved (a best friend to a car crash, a twin to leukemia and a boyfriend to apparent suicide). They, too, need to rebuild and reform their lives and get beyond the shocking situations, the panic attacks and the self-medicating with alcohol. Debut author Woodfolk weaves a darker and very emotional tale as these three try to cope with grief, saying at one point, "Lying is the new language we speak. It's the only way...

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This book was truly breathtaking. From the writing to the story, it is one that will remain with me forever. I loved the themes of grief, love and acceptance in the novel
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Thank you to netgalley and publishers! This was a 3.5 rating for me but I rounded up on here.

I really became invested in all the characters. I wanted to know how there grief would get better and what it took to do it. Terms like twinless broke my heart with Shay, Logan was destructive it was hard to watch but painfully real., Autumn made me text my long time best friend from middle school  because I couldn't fathom losing her. 

My reason for the star drop is just because there were a few spots that just moved to slow for me. It had me sitting the book down from time to time.

All in all this was a great debut and I can't wait to see what she does next!
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Very sad read. It focuses on three teens who have all lost a peer that they cared for. As a parent, it's hard to read about the death of young people so this was a difficult, emotional read. Not sure, I would recommend this for young adults still in high school. Maybe once they've distanced themselves from some of the angst of high school, they could read it and not internalize much of the emotion of the novel. Or if it could be used for a grief youth group.
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The Beauty that Remains was an incredibly fast read for me. I don't usually go for stories told from multiple perspectives, but I was pleasantly surprised by how unified and cohesive Shay, Logan and Autumn's narration felt. Their individual struggles dealing with the aftermath of death and with their own individual grief was thoughtful and honest. I will definitely be recommending this book to others--especially those who may also be dealing with the aftermath of the death of a loved one.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for access to the eBook ARC of The Beauty That Remains in exchange for my honest feedback.

In The Beauty That Remains, Ashley Woodfolk explores dealing with grief and guilt through the prospective of three teens: Autumn, Shay, and Logan. Autumn lost her best friend; Shay lost her twin, and Logan lost his estranged ex-boyfriend. In addition to grief, their connection to a local band and their love of music ties their story together.

The book alternates between the three teens and incorporates social media posts from the deceased to tell the story. Due to the alternating view points and the multiple narratives, the story seemed to slow towards...

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Okay. Just finished this book. Amazing. Not my usual cup of tea, but I fell into the hype trap and let me tell you, the hype is more than worth it. This book is heart wrenching and beautiful. I’m in love Ashley Woodfolk’s style and clarity. She captures human emotion with such brutal honesty that I can’t even put it into words.

We start with a funeral. From page 1 you’re tossed into an avalanche of sorrow and guilt and missed opportunities. We’ve all been there. Ashley captures those feelings and proceeds to remove your heart. I’m not one to get emotional with books, but this one...it gets you right in the feels and doesn’t let you go. Ever.

110% recommend this to anyone who loves...

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4.5/5 Stars

Why is it that I'm always drawn to books that rend my heart into pieces? Honestly though, The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk is an exquisitely nuanced story of life and death through the eyes of three teenagers. It captures the myriad ways loss impacts each individual while also delving into the craziness of high school life. With so much heart on the page, I'll focus on five reasons this book is a must read.

Top 5 Reasons Beauty Still Remains
1. This book's take on loss, grief, and everything that comes with it is incredible. It deals with holding emotions inside, raging against the world, blaming oneself, overwhelming anxiety, seeking help and so much...

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This book was beautiful. I loved it. Books that deal with such a heavy subject can sometimes be too much but the connectiveness of this really pulled through for me.
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ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. The beauty that remains is heartbreaking, of course, since the three main characters are grieving the loss of someone very dear to them, but there is also a lot of hope in the ways they deal, the people they lean on and how music helps them cope.
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Shay, Logan, and Autumn share a group of friends that are united for their love of indie rock and the band Unraveling Lovely . When they all simultaneously lose someone they love, the group falls apart as grief affects them all in completely different ways. Shay suffers from panic attacks after she loses her twin sister Sasha. Logan is obsessed with watching his ex-boyfriend Bram's videos and alcohol, and Autumn continues to confide in her best friend Tavia via email while she isolates herself from her friends and family. As their grief and guilt continue to weigh them down, they struggle to fight their way out of the darkness and the one thing that brought them all together may be the...

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WARNING: Grief, Depression, Suicide

Shay, Autumn and Logan have lost someone they love; Shay, her twin to Leukemia, Autumn, her bestfriend to an accident and Logan, his ex-boyfriend to an overdose.

In hindsight, I should've known better than to read this book. Given my ongoing battle with against depression, this isn't the right book for me but when I'm done reading I wasn't regretful at all. I'm fine so I think that's a good thing. Yes, I was left very emotional with the characters, not so much with Autumn though. I kinda feel her POV a little lacking. But Logan and Shay, I felt so much. How can one move on after losing someone? And how can someone get...

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MY THOUGHTS:
This is the first book I have read that is solely about loss, and those affected by it. I really enjoyed it. I lost my brother this past June, so I related to these characters greatly. All 3 characters were likable in their own ways, but I do wish there was more overlapping. I don’t see the point in having 3 different point of views when they don’t overlap until the last couple chapters. Besides that, I did like this book.

PROS:
The Characters: The characters were definitely the strongest part of this novel. I loved everyone, including those that were lost. My favorite was definitely Logan, mostly because I related to his story the most. I loved the way we were shown...

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