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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  2,637 ratings  ·  639 reviews
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
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Delacorte Press
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Emily May
The Beauty That Remains is a really solid debut from an author I will be looking out for in the future. I feel like the book was spread a little thin over the three different perspectives, but the strong writing and diverse characters show a lot of promise.
We all nod. We all get it. There's no way to measure grief;

It is hard to write a good book about grief. First, you must convince the reader of the importance of the relationship between the protagonist(s) and the deceased; make them care a
C.G. Drews
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was super heavy and emotional...but also hopeful. Also get a bucket for your tears. Preferably an ice cream bucket because then you can eat the ice cream and JUST CRY. Wow. I actually also liked that this was about: healing. It's about how grief doesn't always follow the "guide book" and how sometimes it takes so long to process, how the guilt can eat you, how asking for help is ok and you shouldn't be ashamed.

(Also I legit just finished Letters to the Lost which is also about grief and de
Cristina Monica
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Books that deal with grief are hit-or-miss for me.

I always find them important, because how could anyone not, but I am only able to enjoy them if I end up caring considerably for the dead characters and/or the characters who are grieving themselves.

This book contains three alternative points of view: two girls and one boy. All three characters—Autumn, Logan and Shay—have lost someone they loved, whether it be a boyfriend, friend or family member.

The latter also died under various tragic circum
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
“For the sensitive among us
sometime the noise
is just too much...”

So good. So so good!
Beautifully written story that follows three characters who are dealing with a loss of a loved one.
The type of story that takes a seat in your heart.
Three amazingly diverse and well developed characters with a distinct voice that you'll find a home in.
Gosh, it was good. It felt fulfilling to read, to follow these characters on their journey of grief and what it does to you soul and the ways manifests in.
may ➹
saddest part of this book was that it didn’t make me cry 😐
✨    jamieson   ✨
"If you'd asked me years ago what does love feel like I never would have guessed at our hearts beating, our chests heaving, and the unbearable ache of you leaving. Our hearts beating, our chests heaving, and the unbearable ache of you leaving"

listen, I'm gonna be straight up with you here I only added this to my TBR because Alisha Wainwright narrates one third of this audiobook and I'm super gay for her. (haha jokes I'm gay in general but SHE REALLY HAS A BEAUTIFUL VOICE)

So I generally DON'
Rec-It Rachel
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a gorgeous, gorgeous book
Perfect for those who love novels by Adam Silvera, Jeff Zentner, or Nina LaCour.
Aj the Ravenous Reader
The story of three grieving people who lost the most important person in their lives. But come to think of it, it’s really not just about these three main characters because everyone in the story is affected by the loss of the person they knew. It’s relatably very sad- the panic attacks, anxiety, the fear of everything but especially of death and I could only imagine what it would be like to lose someone so important to you and how to try to feel normal again although I guess at this point, ther ...more
Fidan Lurin
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of The Beauty that Remains in exchange for an honest review. Thanks goes to NetGalley, as well as the Delacorte Press for this advanced copy which is expected to be released on March 06, 2018.

The Beauty that Remains is Ashley Woodfolk‘s debut novel, believe it or not. It is sure to be one of the greatest books of 2018 and that’s saying a lot given that we’ve barely walked into February. This is all that a contemporary reader looks for – LGBT awareness, suicide, depression,
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018, bame
T/W- Suicide, Grief, Panic Attacks, Underage Drinking/Drugs

The Beauty That Remains is a good, emotional and hard-hitting debut novel that I heard about one day on Twitter. The colourful cover really appealed to me, it is really pretty to look at and all of the colours featured go well together. There are three characters Autumn, Shay and Logan, all of their perspectives are featured with one POV per chapter. All of them have faced a form of bereavement but one band's music suddenly brings them a
Feb 12, 2018 marked it as need
I've heard there are gay, black and latino characters in this book, i'm already crying.
Noha Badawi
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book spoke to the deepest parts of me.
I loved every word, devoured every page and I’m so glad I picked it up.

full review:
Dark, edgy and filled with emotional turmoil and the heavy feeling of loss, THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS by Ashley Woodfolk tells the tale of a group of teens individually dealing with the loss of a loved one either through illness, suicide or a deadly accident. These are their stories, their reflections on the past, and their attempts to heal and give up the ghosts of guilt that haunt them. In the end, these seemingly individual struggles will find their healing through music and a band that, in a s ...more
alice (arctic books)
3.5 ★

This was a really solid read! The writing and plot really captured me on the first page, so much so that I finished this book in two sittings total. The writing is incredible, and I loved the slow-moving plot and bittersweet nostalgia. I enjoyed reading about the three main characters' struggles after the deaths of their loved ones, and I also appreciate the diversity that was so flawlessly included within these characters. Autumn is adopted and Korean, Logan is gay, and there are also so m
Lea ♞ That_Bookdragon
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
3.5/5 ⭐

MAJOR TW: grief, death of a loved one, mental illness

This is a short book but it is packed with gut-wrenching emotions. Please be careful in case you feel any of the trigger warnings posted just above could affect you because this book deals with death and grief in its rawest form. In it we follow three main characters: Autumn, Shay and Logan. The diversity in this book is really impressive and I liked this aspect.

"We all nod. We get it. There’s no way to measure grief."

The t
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This book can simply be explained through one word in the title: a beauty. Except it's even more than solely beautiful. This novel was beautiful, emotional, meaningful, raw, honest, and realistic. Even with that list, it isn't enough to describe the pure masterpiece that was this story. Or stories.

First, this novel is filled with grief. I have to say that because as a reader, if you are in the midst of grief, it may not be the particular time to pick up this novel. It's an immensely hard and di
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There’s not enough words for me to describe how much I loved The Beauty That Remains! So so so breathtakingly beautiful! Tears & smiles for days, this book will stay with me forever. Full review will be posted closer to release date, so hurry up 2018 because this books need to be in my hands NOW! Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an e-copy! ...more
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oof. Oh my heart, my head, my everything has been put through the wringer with this book. Full review to come.

Update: First published on The Shrinkette

Thanks so much to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for providing me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Trigger Warnings: Death of a sibling, death of a best friend, death of an ex-boyfriend, suicide, leukemia, alcoholism, mentions of drug dealing, marijuana use, death of a queer character.

Plot: Told from the perspective of three teenagers, all
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
“We all nod. We get it. There’s no way to measure grief.”

I honestly don’t know what to say besides I ADORED this book. My heart broke in every imaginable way and was healed watching these characters on their journey. I felt their every pain, I laughed with them in their joy, and I was a crying mess multiple times. The Beauty That Remains is a stunning debut about grief, healing, and the things that bring us all together.

Things I Liked
EVERYTHING! (I’m not lying I loved everything
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full review on The Candid Cover

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.
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
I'll keep this brief


1. Timely discussion on grief and its effects on our youth. Timely and necessary, this book welcomes a discussion often ignored.

2. Diversity. LGBT characters (One main character, Logan, is gay; his ex-boyfriend, along with a smattering of minor characters); one black girl; one Korean-American girl; one Latino boy; multiracial characters scattered throughout the tale.

3. Well-written in mechanics.


1. A thin plot spread thinner via three perspectives. None of
Mar 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reads-of-2018
"Everything is different without you here. Especially me. But I’m starting to think that maybe that’s okay."

This was far from a perfect book. It was an obvious debut; well written and plotted but slow. It handles grief realistically and without rose-colored glasses. There was death in this book, but not to bring love interests together or to add dramatic tension (although it did both of those things at some point). It was painful and left you feeling the way the characters felt multiple time
“No one ever talks about the living who have unfinished business with the dead.”

Told in a trio of alternating POVs, Woodfolk’s emotional debut centers on that exact dilemma through the lives of three diverse characters all mourning the death of a loved one:

Autumn, an adopted Korean teen, is lost after the sudden and unexpected death of her best friend, Tavia; Logan, a red-haired gay teen, is struggling with grief and guilt after his ex-boyfriend, Bram, commits suicide; and Shay, an African
Trigger warnings: death of a loved one (in the past), car accident (in the past), suicide (in the past), mental health, alcohol abuse, mentions of drug abuse, cancer, grief.

4.25 stars.

Ow, my feelings. I knew nothing about this book when I got it for Christmas last year (the one and only book I got for Christmas, I should add...). And I knew very little going into it, which was honestly probably the best way to go into it.

Basically, this is the story of three teenagers who've all lost someone
Lorryn Woodward
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Totally worth that late fine I'm gonna get from the library. This is such an emotionally beautiful story.
Clare Snow
Despite loving this more than words itself, the characters' grief kills me every time I pick this up. I'm postponing at 50% until my head is in a better place (my head is currently in hospital 😈)

The three narrators for the three POVs are particularly well done.
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
kav (xreadingsolacex)
actual rating: 4.5 stars

“My heart’s beating.
My chest’s heaving.
I’m not breathing.
And you’re gone.”

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk is a hauntingly beautiful young-adult contemporary about three teens who have lost the person closest to them, but who find their way back to some semblance of reality through the music of one band.

Autumn 's best friend Taavia dies in a car crash, and Autumn is now stuck sending messages to her dead best friend and blaming herself for
Vicky Again
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was really good. Really good. So many people will love this novel, and I had a great time reading.

Books about grief are always tricky to write, but I think Woodfolk really went towards it in a unique but tactful way, and she was really able to convey the characters' stories.

This is probably my favorite part of the book--how relatable the characters were on a non-grief level. They had struggles and issues that many of us could relate to--even if we haven't lost someone--and that's what reall
Erin Glover
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
A beautiful book about how different teens react to the deaths of their friends and family members. Yes, it's depressing, but death is part of life. Each person somehow feels responsible for their friend or family member's death. By coming together through a shared passion, music, they find out the untrue stories they've been telling themselves and walk through their grief to the other side. Friendships form between enemies, passions ignite where only embers glowed, and guilt dissipates. One of ...more
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Ashley Woodfolk graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in English and her life-long love of books led her straight to the publishing industry. She's a member of the CBC Diversity Committee and markets books for children and teens. In her abundance of "spare" time, she writes contemporary YA. Indie movies, beer, books, and burgers are a few of her favorite things. She lives in Brooklyn with he ...more

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