- THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS
- Author: Ashley Woodfolk
- Published: 6th March 2018
- Read: March 29 , 2018
- Rating: ♥♥♥♥
- THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS
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.
I received an advance reader’s copy from Netgalley and a physical book from Penguin Random House but this does not affect or influence my review.
The book was told in three different point of views through the eyes of Autumn, Shay, and Logan. These three lost different people then went through the different stages and paces of grieving, but somehow their lives were interconnected throughout the book. The book introduced a very modern culture where people have youtube channels, write reviews on online blogging, and communicates through different social apps.
It was pretty interesting seeing how the modern generation interacts through different platforms online through the eyes of a writer, yet the bonds formed by these people outside the online world is really what matters in the end. The book painted so much of how the world works now, how easier it is to get messages from people miles away from you and even from people you don’t really know personally but when you are going through something, personal connection is still the best way to go. Giving yourself some time away from the online world would give much more peace and solemnity.
The book captured loss and grief excellently, but I think the slight flaw was that it was hard to differentiate the characters from each other. I feel like the characters doesn’t have a strong personality that made them unique from one another, in fact while I was reading there are moments that I browse back through the chapters to remember who these people are. Also, there are lines from the book that are repetitive which again made it harder to separate these characters from each other.
Overall, this is a very touching and heart wrenching read I would definitely recommend this book.