Everyone in life experiences some sort of grief. It is a relateable emotion although it is felt differently by everyone. But I’d be lying if I’d say Ashley Woodfolk didn’t nail it.
The Beauty That Remains focuses on Autumn, Shay, and Logan. Three people connected by their love of music (most specifically Unraveling Lovely), and grief. Autumn loses her best friend in an accident, Shay loses her twin to cancer, and Logan loses his love to…well, we don’t quite know at the beginning (and I want this to remain relatively spoiler free). The three of them must navigate what it means to live without their other half, and learn that the only way to overcome grief is to feel it.
Pros: Ashley did a great job of making the characters relatable. The responses to tragedy were realistic, and the reader will be able to relate to the emotions no matter what level of loss they’ve experienced. One of my other favorite thing about the characters were the diversity they encompassed. Women of color heavily invested in the pop-scene. LGBT relationships. Mental illness. Adoption. There are so many different types of relationships in this book that are crucial that it makes it impossible to solely care about the main characters. You fall in love with the side characters too. In fact, I can’t really say I considered there to be any.
Cons: There aren’t really any cons for me. I wasn’t bored, and I finished it in one sitting. I mean, if she wanted to develop an Unraveling Lovely CD and throw it into the mix, I would not complain.
Best Read While: Listening to your favorite bands with your best comfort food nearby. I highly recommend (they remind me of what I think Unraveling Lovely would be like).
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