Blog Tour Review: The Beauty That Remains, Ashley Woodfolk

The biggest thanks to Penguin Random House International for sending me a review copy of this book and for hosting the Beauty That Remains Blog Tour. This did not, in any way, influence my thoughts and rating of this.

There are no spoilers in this review.

I don’t know why I am drawn to books that scream β€œI will make you cry”, yet here I am, wanting to read them more than anything else in the world. From the moment I first heard about The Beauty That Remains, I knew it had the potential to be this kind of book. You know, the one that makes you shed tears silently or openly bawl your eyes out.
I opened the book one evening last week to start reading The Beauty That Remains. After reading one chapter, I felt like my heart was going to explode and I already wanted to cry.
So, there’s that.

A CHARACTER-DRIVEN STORY WITH LOADS OF FEELINGS

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The Beauty That Remains focuses on three characters, after each of them has suffered a big loss in their lives. There’s Autumn, the sweet, β€œquiet Asian girl”, as she is qualified in the book, an adopted Korean-American teenager, suffering the loss of her best friend of all times, Tavia. There’s Logan, a songwriter/singer suffering the loss of his ex-boyfriend, Bram, whom he still loves. Then, there’s Shay, a black teenager now twin-less after her other half has been taken by leukemia, a couple months ago.

Each of these characters had their own parts in the story, had their own moments and their own ways of dealing with grief. If, for me, their voices weren’t, at times, too distinct, I appreciated each of the narratives so, so much, to the point that some actually made me shed real tears. I loved that each character had their own thing, yet all were quite close to music. From a music blog to song writing to listening. Somehow, my heart grew fonder of Shay as the story went on, yet it’s Autumn’s part of the story that gave a lump in my throat so, so big it started hurting from not trying to cry.

I’m sorry. I’m making this sound awful, while it’s not, really, not at all. The Beauty That Remains is hugely focused on its characters and I rooted for them and wanted them to be okay and, let me tell you, there it is, the sign of a great story.

DIVERSITY & HEARTBREAK: THE WHOLE PACKAGE IS HERE.

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Something I really appreciated in this story, is how it includes diverse characters in such a natural way and how it does not shy away from important, raw, heartbreaking issues.

Let’s take the characters first: a Korean-American teenager, another black teenager, another gay teenager. We also get some Latino side-characters, a bi character and so on and this diversity was flawlessly included in the story, I really appreciated it.

Ashley Woodfolk does not hesitate to include the hard, raw, heartbreaking truth in her words and in her story. With her beautiful, simple, straight to the point writing style, she manages to give the reader just the right emotions at the right time and allows us to get into the mind of characters suffering, grieving. From numbness to anger, from tears to guilt, she takes us on a roller-coaster ride of emotions with this story.

OVERALL

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The Beauty That Remains was a solid, heartbreaking and beautiful debut. Despite a slow-moving story, it managed to grab my attention with its fantastic characters and care for them like I knew them on a personal level. If you like your stories character-driven, if you like poignant stories as well, with a side of friendships, families and love, just read this book right now.

Final rating:Β  4 drops!

Trigger warnings: grief, loss, suicide, depression, panic attacks


Ashley Woodfolk, The Beauty That Remains, Β Published by Delacorte Press, March 6th, 2018, ISBN: 9780525578284.

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

Autumn always knew exactly who she wasβ€”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.

Do you want to read The Beauty That Remains? Why, or why not?

What’s the latest book that made you feel really emotional? Let me know in comments!

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37 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: The Beauty That Remains, Ashley Woodfolk

  1. Oh my god, I just LOVE when a book is introduced to me with the words “this will make you cry”. I don’t know why but books that tug at your heart strings and make you feel so much angst and pain are my favourites! this story sounds absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking and I’m definitely considering to pick this up! Wonderful review Marie ❀

    The last book that made me feel very emotional was Restore Me by the way hahaha but I think that was no surprise XD

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    1. I feel the same way – I don’t know why, but I am drawn to books that will make me cry haha. It’s just so good when you can feel all of the emotions, care for the characters to a point where you just want to cry with them and for and about them and everything ❀
      I hope you will be able to read this book someday, Jackie, it was really great, beautiful and heartbreaking ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much!! ❀ hahaha, I'll have to read Restore Me soon, I really need to πŸ˜›

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    1. Aww well you are just like me πŸ˜‚ I am way too emotional as well πŸ˜‚ I hope you will read this book someday and that you will love it πŸ™‚ thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! πŸ™‚

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  2. Is it weird that I LOVE when a book is going to tug on my heart strings and make me cry!?!?!?!
    AH I REALLY WANT TO READ THIS! I’m going to have to keep an eye out at my local bookstore and hopefully they have it in soon ❀
    Also, your aesthetics are beautiful Marie! πŸ™‚

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    1. It’s not weird at all, I’m exactly the same way πŸ˜‚ I think if you’re weird, I am even weirder, so you’re safe here πŸ˜‚
      I hope you will be able to read that one soon, it really was a beautiful book πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much! ❀ ❀

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  3. Wow! You got a review copy! How awesome is that!! How did you sign up? I am so excited that they sent it to you although you’re international. That’s so cool!

    The book sounds really cool. I love books that focus on characters! And I love the photos you picked for the mood of the book πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much, Evelina, it is pretty amazing, I’m still over the moon about this incredible opportunity ❀ ❀ They actually sent me an email about the blog tour and I joined from there πŸ™‚ (I got a review copy from them early this year, so that's how they could send me that email πŸ™‚ )
      Thank you so, so much! I hope you will get the chance to read this book someday, it was really great ❀

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      1. Oh why do you say that?! I’m sure they will love you, don’t worry about that, you’re such a rising star in the bloggin community!! ❀

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  4. I love your Review, it’s so well written and I love that you included aesthetics 😍
    Intitially I had this book on my Goodreads TBR, then I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read it, but now I might give it a try, because this sounds like a really great, emotional story that is destined to make me cry 😱

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    1. Awwww thank you so much, Caro! I’m glad you like the aesthetics as well! ❀
      I'm glad if I could make you change your mind about it all! It really was a beautiful, emotional story and the characters were amazing ❀

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  5. This sounds like an amazing book Marie! πŸ™‚ ❀ I do have to say I'm not always drawn to books that I know are going to make me cry but every so often I want a book that's going to completely break me (kind of like Adam Silvera has done in all of his releases) and I will definitely keep The Beauty that Remains in mind for the next time that happens because wow!
    I love books that are character driven, if they are written well, and it seems like this one really was, also yay for diversity because we need more of that in YA don't we?
    Great review, and I'm glad you enjoyed this book as well. I'm definitely going to be adding it to my to-read list! πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh I’m so glad you’re keeping this book in mind, Beth. It really was a beautiful book, definitely character-driven and all of their stories were beautiful ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀

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  6. Heartbreaking books are the best??! Even though (or because??) they completely break my heart, there’s just something so beautiful about them, and this one sounds like no exception. It sounds so amazing, and I love the sound of it so much, especially after this review!! This book seems to have everything I love and I absolutely can’t wait to pick it up! 😍
    Amazing review Marie!! ❀️

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    1. I know right?? They’re the best kind of books, because well… they leave such an emotional impact on us, I guess? πŸ™‚
      I hope you will be able to read this book soon!! ❀
      Thank you so, so much!! ❀ ❀

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  7. This is such a Marie book, omg! But I feel like it might be a great book for me too because I enjoy pain and suffering and also it seems to deal with a lot.
    I loved your review, you pointed out so many amazing things and you made me very interested in the book! ❀ I’m already checking it out!

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    1. You already know me too well πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It’s such a Marie book, I KNOW RIGHT it’s exactly my kind of book πŸ˜‚
      I hope you will get the chance to read it someday, it really was a wonderful read, beautiful, emotional and had amazing characters ❀
      thank you so much!! x

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  8. Lovely review Marie! How come you always make me want to read the books your review? πŸ˜› This definitely looks like the book that I would enjoy. I enjoy characters with deep stories and obviously with so much diversity? Count me in! πŸ™‚

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