The Beauty That Remains - Ashley Woodfolk | Book Review

Pages: 352
Publication: Delacorte Press
Release date: March 6, 2018
How I got the copy: Penguin Random House Canada
Rating: 3/5

What a tragic book. There's so much grief and loss but also so many loving interactions with friends and family trying to support one another during tough times. The Beauty That Remains is an enjoyable book about music and grief.

The Beauty That Remains is a music heavy book. It's written in multiple perspectives, Shay, Logan and Autumn, and each character has lost someone close to them and music is no longer enough for any of them. This is one of those books that starts with each character having their own story and by the end all the character's and their stories are intertwined together.

This book is very diverse, we have an LGBTQIA+ character, persons of colour, a black girl, a Latino boy, an Asian American girl and POC scattered throughout the book, which was so great to read being half Latina. It also brings awareness to LGBTQIA+, suicide, depression, loss/grief, and moving forward.

I enjoyed all the music incorporated within this book and how each character had a difference interest in music. Logan is a (moody, complicated) musician, Shay runs a music blog with her friends and with her sister (before she died) and Autumn being a band manager for a highly popular band in their community, Unraveling Lovely, which Logan was in before the band broke up.

I can also see this book helping teens going through loss, suicide and/or depression.

As much as I enjoyed reading this book and following each of these characters journey through grief and moving forward, I did not feel I got enough from these characters or from the plot. I definitely enjoyed reading The Beauty That Remains but I did not love the story because I don't think the characters go deep enough into their emotions... we don't get much of the emotions below the surface. I love reading from multiple perspectives so, I can't "blame" the lack of deep emotions from flipping between three characters.

But look at its beautiful cover though!

*A copy of this book was provided to me by Penguin Random House Canada in exchange for an honest review*

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