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From School Library Journal
“Woodfolk's debut cuts deeply, and then wipes your tears away. Wrenching, heartfelt, and vividly human.” —Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
“The Beauty That Remains is haunting, heart-wrenching, and powerful. A tale of grief that grapples with what’s next after you lose a loved one, this book will remind you to hold fast to those you love, share your heart while you have time, and find the music that makes this wild ride of life better. A tearjerker must-read for teens!” —Dhonielle Clayton, author of the Belles series and coauthor of the Tiny Pretty Things series
"This book hurts so good. With three distinct narrators and lyrical prose, Ashley Woodfolk stakes her claim as a fresh new voice to follow in the world of young adult literature." —Julie Murphy, author of Ramona Blue and Dumplin’
"The Beauty That Remains burns warm and bright with the fires of loss, love, and longing, and hums with poetry and song. This is the sort of book that pieces a broken heart back together, stronger than before. —Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King
"If you're looking for a book that truly hits the heart strings, The Beauty That Remains is it." —Seventeen
"A breathtaking YA read about life, death, grieving and healing." —HelloGiggles
"A beautiful, touching, and heartbreakingly realistic portrayal of love and loss from the lives of three different teens." —BuzzFeed
“The Beauty That Remains is an emotional, must-read story of the way music connects us, the way tragedy threatens to break us apart, and the way life can change, for better or worse, in an instant.” —Bustle
“In her debut novel, Ashley Woodfolk delivers a moving tale for young readers that will touch mature audiences as well." —Essence
"The self- and life-defining nature of grief and loss captured so well by authors such as John Green isexplored here with humor, intelligence, and grace."—School Library Journal, starred review
"Woodfolk has done an exemplary job of character creating and building. Her three co-protagonists are fully realized, empathetic individuals for whom readers will care. They grow and change believably as they begin to find ways to deal with their grief, and the resolutions of their emotional crises are lucid and deeply satisfying, as, ultimately, is this fine first novel." —Booklist
"An ambitious debut from a writer to watch."—Kirkus
"Woodfolk eloquently depicts how 16-year-olds live in the digital and physical worlds, how the latter can amplify the former, how relationships shift after someone dies, and how life goes on, if you let it. "—Publishers Weekly
"The Beauty That Remains is a gut-wrenching tear-jerker that teens are sure to love." —VOYA
- Publication Date : March 6, 2018
- File Size : 6766 KB
- Publisher : Delacorte Press (March 6, 2018)
- ASIN : B072SS4R8C
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print Length : 331 pages
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #653,932 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I have to say, it doesn't stretch my imagination at all. Just this past year I have a student dealing with the suicide of a sibling (and the major court case that went along with it). I have several students who have lost brothers or sisters last year or this year. I have students who have lost parents this year. And their grief, and how they deal with it, how they break from friends and isolate themselves, or build support systems where they can grieve . . . is something I see every day. Ashley Woodfolk captures the reality of that perfectly. She is masterful in building a story about characters realistically grappling with grief, and having these characters find their way back to whatever their new normal is.
Also, I'm a sucker for books where characters are obsessed with art, and the music in this book, and how the band, Unravelling Lovely, unravels and creates art and find themselves again - it's really perfect. I can't wait to read whatever Ashley writes next.
2. Lovely prose. Ashley Woodfolk has a way of writing about sadness that’s visceral without feeling melodramatic. I felt Logan, Shay, and Autumn’s sorrow deeply, and I never stopped rooting for them to come out on the other side.
3. Amazing supporting characters. Not one of the characters in this debut falls flat. Even the most peripheral personalities jump off the page, making The Beauty That Remains feel like a complete, expertly drawn world.
This book grabbed me on page one and did not let me go. I could not put this book down the characters were so real, layered and well written. Each of their voices are distinct. This story allows you to laugh, cry, and root for the characters throughout their journey of loss which is dealt with in a real way. The theme of beauty is so masterfully woven through the pages that the reader is able to smile and feel hopeful through each of the main characters' sorrow.
Top reviews from other countries
~This book was all about grief, friendships, relationships, music, & most importantly a hope which pulls you away from the darkness.
~i loved reading every page of this book & getting to know about autumn, logan, shay & their loss which was painful but indeed beautiful in a way which hits me hard with so many effing emotions.
~it’s like catching trauma, pain & anxiety all together at once & restoring ourselves in faith of goodness through music & the friendships we make in our lives which lead our way to happiness overcoming all our struggles.
~so our three main characters are grieving from the loss of their loved ones.....Autumn lost her best friend “tavia” who died in a car accident, Logan is not okay with the death of his ex boyfriend “bram” who died due to drug overdose & Shay is struggling with not having her identical twin “sasha” besides her who died due to leukemia.
~For me shay’s part was more emotional cuz it felt more realistic & shay’s relationship with her friends & her mom was soo strong & subtle which was just undeniably beautiful.
romance between shay & jerome was not soo messy.....it felt good to have jerome for shay.
~mainly autumn & dante were another two characters which were so messed up in a beautiful way and whatever was happening between them was soo good.....i could really feel them both you know........but i felt like logan’s part had it flaws like i didn’t get connected with whatever was happening with him & bram & also the characters around him.....few parts just made me angry for whatever was happening but nonetheless it was still good to hear logan’s POV.
~i love the book for it’s diverse representation & i god damn love it for the way all the characters love & feel for music....so effing relatable i say !!!
~the writing style by author was soo simple & elegant....not too complex which makes it a quick read & i loved it & i’d also love to recommend it to anyone out there.