Author: Ashley Woodfolk
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: March 16, 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.
The Beauty That Remains combines grief and music to create a poignant read. There are three different stories that all connect, and there is so much diversity in the book. While I liked all of the characters, Shay was my favourite, and her story touched me the most.
This book tells the story of three different people each coping with the loss of a loved one. It is interesting how it touches different types of loss with different types of relationships, such as a best friend, a boyfriend, and a sibling. I feel like this book focuses more on the grieving process than the actual plot, which makes for an emotional read, but I would have also liked to see more of a storyline. I enjoyed the use of multimedia, such as emails and short blog posts, and it is a very effective way of showing how the characters deal with loss. The Beauty That Remains is also a realistic story, and it is sure to resonate with anyone who understands the power of music.
There are three alternating perspectives in this story, and it really demonstrates how everyone grieves differently. Each of the characters is diverse, and they have complex personalities. However, I did feel like Shay and Autumn’s voices are very similar, and it was sometimes hard to tell them apart. All three stories are somewhat connected by a local band, but I wish the main characters interacted with each other more. Other than that, I enjoyed all of the characters, and I wouldn’t say that there was one in particular that I disliked.
Of all the characters, I liked Shay the best. She loses her twin sister to cancer, and she has to adjust to her new life as an only child. I enjoyed reading about the music blog that she helps run, and she has some supportive friends that also manage it. Shay’s story seemed the most powerful to me, and I couldn’t imagine what it must feel like to lose a twin sister.
The Beauty That Remains is an impactful story about loss and music. The three points of view add dimension, and my personal favourite was Shay. This book is worth the read, but make sure you have a box of tissues nearby!