The Beauty That Remains

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 06 Mar 2018

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Yes, this book stole my breath because with every chapter I was enchanted by how lovely every character was. No matter how minor they were, they mattered. I adored them so much. It deals with grief in such a delicate yet necessary way, healthy way.
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Three interwoven storylines: three beautifully drawn characters, each dealing with love and loss. The Beauty That Remains is set in the Queens, New York, music scene, one accessible to teens drawn to pop-punk and indie-rock.

Autumn is guilt-ridden over the death of her best friend Tavia in a car accident because she opted to hang out with Autumn’s brother Dante instead of going with her friend that fatal evening. Logan uses alcohol to numb the pain of his former boyfriend’s overdose. Shay is trying and failing to find a new normal after her twin Sasha dies of leukemia. Running away from situations that bring up overwhelming emotions has become her coping mechanism of choice. Logan and...

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The Beauty That Remains is a really solid debut from an author I will be looking out for in the future. I feel like the book was spread a little thin over the three different perspectives, but the strong writing and diverse characters show a lot of promise.

It is hard to write a good book about grief. First, you must convince the reader of the importance of the relationship between the protagonist(s) and the deceased; make them care about a fictional dead person as much as the characters supposedly do. Then you must also, usually, create a compelling story arc out of this grief. What will happen next? Where do the characters go from here? What are we reading for? Books about grief risk...

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Well, that was sad. Woodfolk is a great new voice on the YA scene and her portrayal of grieving teens tugs at your mind until you want to cry as well. It's not perfect, but most of the flaws can be chalked up to it being a first novel, and I fully expect that as Woodfolk continues writing she will evolve and produce some wholly excellent work.
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Following the John Green school of YA writing, this novel deals with tragedy right out of the gate and the grief doesn’t end. Three young people Autumn, Shay and Logan (and a big shout out to the diversity in the characters of this book) each experience the untimely loss of someone close to them. The book is a study in grief. Ultimately (but not for a very long time in the book) the three stories come together as their love of music unites them and helps them to heal. A tearjerker from the first page, this is a great example of an emotional young adult novel. However, the pacing was a bit slow and the coming together of the stories not quite satisfying for me.
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3.5 stars.

This was a really solid read! The writing and plot really captured me on the first page, so much so that I finished this book in two sittings total. The writing is incredible, and I loved the slow-moving plot and bittersweet nostalgia. I enjoyed reading about the three main characters' struggles after the deaths of their loved ones, and I also appreciate the diversity that was so flawlessly included within these characters. Autumn is adopted and Korean, Logan is gay, and there are also so many other secondary characters that were from different diverse backgrounds as well. I liked the different experiences that Autumn, Logan, and Shay went through, in terms of grief as...

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This book had good points and bad points hence my 3 star rating.

Let’s start with the good: I think for any person, young or not, who has experienced losing a loved one can and will benefit from reading this book. It does paint a heartbreaking, beautiful, accurate picture of grief, how it effects people, and how one can learn to cope with a loss.

I felt the characters were all very relatable and real, and I could picture someone I know in my own life who reminded me of each one of these people. All three stories were moving, touching, and had something different to offer when it comes to coping with grief.

Now the parts I didn’t care for: I thought the plot was painfully slow. All...

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Author: Ashley Woodfolk

Genre: Young Adult

Pages: 352

Release Date: March 6th 2018

5 out of 5 stars

*I received this as an arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

I would first like to make the statement that I have several arc reviews coming up. Y’all know how honest I am and I am not afraid to give a book one star and that won’t change because I receive arcs. (Just wanted to make it a statement 🙂 )

Now where do I start with this book? It’s heartbreaking, raw, honest and pulls at your heart strings. I’ll leave the Goodreads synopsis down below.

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a...

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This book was slow to get into.  The link between the characters was not apparent for a good portion of the book. While I like the topic of losing a friend and coping with grief in different ways, this book didn't hold my interest in a steady manner.
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This is a beautifully written book about the way that we deal with grief and the way that those around us can help us through that pain. Told from the perspective of three different teenage characters who have all lost loved ones. This story takes the reader on a journey with each character as they deal with their grief. There were moments in the story that had me in tears. I like the way that each story was told, as well as how music tied them all together. The three losses were all different as well, which added to the strength of the story. The author is able to touch on many different types of loss and the different relationships that we have in our lives. Very well written and I look...

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In Ashley Woodfolk's YA contemporary THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS, three teens deal with the loss of a loved one who was taken from life too soon. Autumn's lost her best friend to a car accident and finds herself in a complicated relationship with her best friend's brother. Sasha's lost her twin sister to cancer and begins to suffer from panic attacks that keep her from being able to fully live. Logan's lost his ex-boyfriend to an apparent suicide and is obsessed with finding out what happened in the months since their break-up. Each of them is desperately trying to redefine their voice in the world, and it's a local band that ties all their stories together.

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You know whenever a new diverse book starts being talked about on my twitter feed I have to jump on Netgalley and search for it. In this case it wasn't different. When I saw that Becky Albertalli blurbed it I was super excited. I love a good sad book that messes with your heart and it could have easily been a favorite if I didn't thought the story was a bit confusing due to the multiple points of view, that's not my favorite. All characters have so much to give that they could each have their own book and that makes THIS book a challenge to keep up with them. It is an amazing book with deep characters and interesting plot.
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Through alternating point-of-views, The Beauty That Remains follows three teens in the aftermath of death. All discover more layers to the people they thought they knew intimately. And all carry a burden of guilt: Autumn was hanging out with Tavia’s brother – rather than Tavia – the night of Tavia’s car crash; an angry and hurt Logan tells Bram he hopes he dies alone – and then he does; Shay feels her very existence is a reminder to her friends and family of her dead identical twin.

Each is fixated on the social media imprints their deceased friends/exs/siblings have left behind. Logan watches videos left by Bram, an aspiring vlogger with a mild following. Shay relives the band reviews...

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This is an awesomely written book. I was able to connect to the readers and see how the stories are intertwined. How the characters were able to process both the loss of their loved ones yet also grasp the process of healing.
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There are so many wonderful things about this book! It was beautifully written. The characters were rich and heartbreaking and I absolutely loved the diversity in the book.
My main problem with this book was that it seemed like there was just too much going on. I could see this book easily being split into 3 books, where then the reader would be able to go more in depth with each set of characters. I almost felt like as soon as I was starting to follow one plot line, we jumped to another one right away. I would have loved to be able to focus on just one set of characters and really get to know them better, as opposed to reading about each set in very short bursts.
But this might work for...

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***ARC received in exchange for an honest review***


This is one of those books that stays with you even after all the tears have dried. In Ashley Woodfolk's debut novel, The Beauty That Remains, she delivers a punch. I ended up going through a box of tissues on this journey of grief. From the start I felt my heart was taken away with theses characters, that I was dealing with their loss right along with them.

Ms. Woodfolk's writing style for this book gives you that little something extra to pull you in and keep you there. Without giving too much away, at first I was like what is going on, then it hits you and that sob that gets lodged in your throat happens and then you begin...

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The Beauty That Remains is a heartfelt story of 3 separate people each dealing with the loss of a loved one. As I started the story, I wondered how they would bring the characters together, and the author did, seamlessly.
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I haven’t had a book that truly blew me away this much since the beginning of this year, and I haven’t been promoting a 2018 release as hard as this one. It’s impossible to describe the well of deep love that runs through me for this book. We follow three grief stricken teens, which just tore a raw wound into my heart to see them in such deep pain trying to cope with their big loss of the death of a close one.

We have Shay, who runs an indie music blog and was an ex-band manager, and recently lost her twin sister to leukemia. There’s Autumn, an adopted Korean bookworm, who just lost her life-long best friend to a tragic car accident. Then there’s Logan, a gay guy who played bass and was a...

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Odd to read this just after The Window: both books include twin girls who have been "untwinned" (yes, it's a thing) and run track. Instead of one person grieving, here we have four, all bound together by their loss of someone somehow involved with the band Unraveling Lovely. They're a diverse group in just about any and all ways you can think of "diverse" and the author does a great job of making that feel natural, not an example of diversity because it's "in" or "cool". So yay for that!

But... the multiple POVs, the relatively stereotypical plots and subplots and character arcs? If only they'd felt as natural as the characters themselves. 

ARC provided by publisher.
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Thank you to Random House Books and Delacorte Press, and NetGalley for the advance reader copy The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk in exchange for an honest review. Woodfolk’s debut novel is a sad, sad book dealing with a trio of teens who try to make sense of the loss of three other teens (sister, friend and ex-boyfriend. The characters are well drawn, and authentic dealing with devastating grief, loss, love, and devastation. Each of the three teens narrates through chapters as they tell their stories, uncertainties, and speak to the power of friends, family, and relationships. As the book moves forward, the reader will be gripped by Shay’s, Autumn’s, and Logan’s loss, their...

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