O.M.G. You guys. Are you sitting down? You should be sitting down for this. Because I am about to blow your mind with this amazing book! The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk is easily in my top 10 books of this year, and you guys know how much I read. It doesn’t come out until March 2018, but you guys should go preorder this thing NOW.
The Beauty That Remains is the heartfelt, funny, and tear-jerking story of how one group of teens goes through loss and how they all cope with it. The story focuses on three different main characters- Autumn, Logan, and Shay. Autumn’s best friend Tavia died suddenly in a car crash. Logan’s ex committed suicide. Shay’s twin sister died of leukemia. All three of them have had their worlds turned upside down, and they have to learn how to live again.
I absolutely loved this book for so many reasons. First- the writing. Ashley Woodfolk is one of those genuinely talented writers that can make words flow across a page, carrying the reader effortlessly from chapter to chapter. It reminded me a lot of Jandy Nelson and her way of capturing pure human emotion in such a heartbreakingly beautiful way. The pure quality of the writing in this was absolutely incredible, and I will absolutely be buying all of Ashley Woodfolk’s upcoming novels.
The choice to have three different narrators was a risky one, but in this case, it completely paid off. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will tell you that all three of these characters are tied together, and by having all three of their voices we were able to get a much more complete view of the story and how it all fit together. Getting to know all of the narrators was also amazing because all three characters were so beautifully written. I really identified with Shay, a blogger who writes about music. I was super into the music scene in high school and I remember how much it changed my life.
This book also did an incredible job of dealing with heavy topics without being a depressing book. Many books that tackle topics like these are good, but you feel like you need therapy after reading them. This book was truly uplifting, addressing heavy topics head on, but also looking at the good things that are still there, the beauty that remains.
Overall, I suggest that ALL of you check out this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and I already want to reread it. You can get it here The Beauty That Remains.
Final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂