The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk.
Release Date: March 6th, 2018.
My Format: E-ARC provided by NetGalley!
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.
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.
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 different types of mourning, because everyone deals with loss in their own way. This novel definitely portrayed that.
The Subject Matter: This book touched upon some important topics, loss being the obvious one. Besides that it looked upon alcoholism, depression, anxiety, drunk driving, and suicide among others. Not only was all of this included, it didn’t feel forced. It wasn’t there for the sake of being there, it was present to further the story.
The Diversity: All 3 main characters were a minority: A black girl, an Asian girl, and a gay boy. Ashley didn’t stop there, though. Even the side characters were diverse.
The Music: Another main plot point was the underlying theme of music. Another way all the characters were related, besides losing someone close to them, was their involvement with a band titled Undying Lovely. It was a cool addition to the story, and I feel it helped further the plot.
Multiple POV’s: Let me say this first. I did enjoy all the POV’s within this novel. My issue lies with the point… All three of these characters could have had their own story without affecting the others. I wish there was more overlap between their story lines, but this wasn’t really a major issue. It didn’t necessarily negatively impact my reading.
Overall, The Beauty That Remains was a much-needed look at loss, and how it affects different people. It was very necessary, and I can’t wait to pick up a finished hardcover.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars.
Would I Recommend?
– I definitely would recommend. Anyone who has experienced loss, and even those who have not, may even gain something extra from reading this novel. It’s an important one.