Title: The Beauty That Remains
Author: Ashley Woodfolk
Format: Physical copy
Published: March 6, 2018 by Delacorte Press
Book ISBN: ISBN (9780525578284)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Reading Period: March 11-12, 2018
Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.
Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.
But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.
Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.
Ashley Woodfolk graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and her life-long love of books led her straight to the publishing industry. She’s a member of the CBC Diversity Committee and markets books for children and teens. In her abundance of “spare” time, she writes contemporary YA. Indie movies, beer, books, and burgers are a few of her favorite things. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and pit bull puppy, Winnie.
Thanks for the free book Penguin Random House International. Also, I’m glad to be part of this tour since it is my first time to join a blog tour hosted by PRH International and I’m honoured, and happy to be part of it.
The Beauty That Remains is a debut novel of Ashley Woodfolk. This book focuses on how three teenagers suffers from grief and how music helps them deal with it. It’s written in three-point of views: Autumn who loss her bestfriend; Logan who loss his ex-boyfriend; and Shay who loss her twin sister.
Autumn is an adopted Korean-American who constantly send messages to her bestfriend even though she’s aware that it won’t be read. Logan write songs and was a lead singer of Unraveling Lovely. He resorts to alcohol when his ex-boyfriend died, couldn’t write songs and fails school; Shay loves music, attends different shows and post reviews about Independent bands, but, she develops panic attacks when her twin sister died.
Honestly, I’m having a hard time writing a review for this book because I think it’s a heavy topic. Losing someone you love is really painful and it’s hard to accept. The Beauty That Remains opened my eyes on how people feel, think or do when they are suffering from grief. It widens my perspective about acceptance and moving forward.
What I like about this book is how three narrators show their willingness to move forward, to face the truth that their loved one died, to reconnect with people surrounding them and to use music to help them deal with grief. Moreover, secondary characters has a great impact to me. Without them, those three wouldn’t be aware of what they are doing unconsciously. Family and friends are really great help to deal grief. I’m hurting every time Autumn, Logan and Shay do things every time they remember their loved ones, can’t let go and can’t move forward. I understand that it’s really hard but people around them worries about them because they are losing it… slowly.
Further, I love how diverse The Beauty That Remains is. Aside from the fact that it has characters representing different race, it also dealt with panic attacks, depression, and therapy techniques.
Although some parts are predictable, still, there are parts that shocked me.
I also love how Autumn, Logan and Shay got connected through music and how important Unraveling Lovely to them. They always listen to Unraveling Lovely’s music every time they feel that the world eats them, they remember their loved ones and they can’t hold on.
The Beauty That Remains is a page-turner, sad but beautifully written (this book really touches my heart). I couldn’t stop reading that most of the time, I’m crying because I couldn’t take what I’m reading, but, it sends us a message that we should not lose our hope and faith that life still beautiful even though we lose someone we love.
“Lying is the new language we speak. It’s the only way we can talk at all.”
“Then we just sit there, silent and lonely for you together, because hellos are nice and neat and so much easier than goodbyes.”
“They say that dead people who have unfinished business with the living become ghosts. That their spirits linger here, or in limbo somewhere, and that they can’t rest in peace until they’ve done whatever it is that they needed to do. But no one ever talks about the living who have unfinished business with the dead. Where is the plane they’re banished to, and how do they ever find peace again?“
“You know it’s okay to be mad, right?” my mom asks. “To scream into a pillow or scribble all over a page in your sketchbook. To even break something if you need to?”
“Isn’t it weird that eventually, someone will say your name for the very last time, and then it will never be said again?”
“Grief is tricky, and it’s something that will never go away.”
“…I think maybe there are unknown parts of everyone.”
“I want to go wherever I want without having to consider where he’ll be. Sometimes loving someone is scarier than leaving them.”
“You don’t have to tell me why. But think about why. That why is a trigger. Make note of it. Acknowledge it but don’t dwell on it. Find something positive to focus on.”
“Maybe you’re so used to worrying all the time that when I do something good, you don’t know what to say. But the second something bad happens, you’re all over me.”
“For the sensitive among us, sometimes the noise is just too much.”
“You seem to have some guilt over Bram’s death. And I don’t know exactly why that is. Maybe you don’t either. But I think reaching out—speaking to other people who loved him, as you’ve been doing a bit, but also speaking to people who love you—can only help you process this loss. You’re allowed to be upset.”
“The universe is unpredictable. As much as we might think that our twins’ fates reveals something about our own, the world is too random for things to be that simple. And as much as we want to think we’re at fault or that we’re in control, we aren’t.”
“I made him into who I wanted him to be and ignored the person who was right in front of me.”
“I know what I don’t want to do anymore,” I tell her as tears start to burn my eyes. “But I don’t know what to do instead.”
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