The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

My Rating: 5/5 Stars!

Cover Rating: 4/10 Stars it’s pretty, but I don’t think it really takes any elements of the story into consideration. The colors are nice, but it’s a sort of typical cover that screams contemporary if nothing else. Definitely not my style. I think there could have been a better cover that incorporated the story better.

Publisher: Random House Children’s

Publish Date: March 6th, 2018

Number of Pages: 352 pages

Received: Netgalley provided an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon


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.

Opening Sentence: “I just saw you yesterday.”


The Beauty That Remains was an emotionally tough read for me. It was heartbreaking, angry, hopeful, and uplifting. It was a storm of every single feeling grief brings. This novel made my soul ache.

What I Loved:

Diversity! Diversity! Diversity! This is a diverse book that no one should miss! Diverse in both poc and featuring an lgbt Mc it’s rich in telling a great story with diverse characters. (Let’s not forget the mental health reps!) #ownvoices

Grief that is helped to heal with music. I love that this story uses music as the thing that binds all the characters together and helps them find healing. It’s one of those things that is refreshing when often romantic relationships and other things are the usual things that are used for healing sadness or grief.

Each person’s grief was unique. The loss of the twin was very different from the loss of a lover which was also very different from the loss of a close friend. Every person had a different guilt and dealt with their emotions in their own way. Some of their stories were harder for me to read about Shay’s because it was breaking me. Logan because of his guilt and the fact that he was in love with a guy who caused him so much pain.

Everything rings true. This was such a difficult read because the story was so well written. The characters were living and breathing and hurting so deeply. It was all so vivid.

The relationships. Friendship, family, even the relationship between the crowd and the band were all shining points of this novel. Everything was brilliantly thought out.

Final thoughts:

I could go on forever about this book and I just want to share it with the world! The only warning I would give is for those going through grief of their own or dealing with depression to read with caution. It’s gorgeous and wonderful, but it cuts deep.

About the Author:

Hi! I’m Ashley.

I graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in English, and since I’ve been obsessed with books for as long as I can remember, I wiggled my way into the publishing industry.  Currently, I’m a member of the CBC Diversity Committee and my day job is marketing books for children and teens.

In my “spare” time, I fangirl over my favorite authors and try my hardest to write contemporary YA that’ll make you cry.

Indie movies, beer, books, and burgers are a few of my favorite things, and I live in Brooklyn with my cute husband and my cuter pit bull puppy, Winnie.

My debut young adult novel, THE BEAUTY THAT REMAINS, from Random House Children’s books is available now wherever books are sold.

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below!

-Till next time!

5 thoughts on “The Beauty That Remains: A Review

  1. Lovely review! ❤ I am so happy you enjoyed this book so much – I agree that it's not an easy read, but I personally loved it so much. It made me really emotional and I love how each character had their own personalities and ways of dealing with grief overall. Shay's was the story that touched me the most. ❤

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