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T W Suicide, Grief, Panic Attacks, Underage Drinking DrugsThe 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 T W Suicide, Grief, Panic Attacks, Underage Drinking DrugsThe 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 altogether as one It was tough to read at times, you do need to be in the right frame of mind since grief is heavily used throughout the plotline There was prose and other methods such as emails and blog posts, which added a fresh insight into the lives of the young people included here I really liked the writing style and the ending was an interesting conclusion and surprising, the best kind of feeling to experience as a reader I m really excited to read the author s next novel saddest part of this book was that it didn t make me cry 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 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 circumstances One loved one died from an illness, another in a car accident, and the third committed suicide This means that the grieving process for each of the characters is different Unfortunately, it takes a while for the characters to have even a very limited connection to one another other than the fact that they have all lost someone they cared about deeply And of what I know, they never interact with one another I admit I skipped some uneventful parts It reads well, but you have to really be interested to begin with, seeing that it s not a surprising novel It s pleasant, insomuch as the writing is good, the characters are diverse and have distinct personalities and the atmosphere is mostly a whimsical sort of calm.But I don t see the point of having three characters if you re not going to make them interact with one another in a meaningful way Why not write three separate books that each contain one of these three characters instead I was expecting the characters to meet and help each other out, but that s not how it works in this story I think this could have been something Could have, what sad words Blog Youtube Twitter Instagram Google Bloglovin For the sensitive among ussometime 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 AndFor the sensitive among ussometime 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 And as sad as it was to read, I felt whole and comforted by the end of it and just full of love for love and people and the connections human beings make I m on a high I loved it wholeheartedly What a gorgeous, gorgeous bookPerfect for those who love novels by Adam Silvera, Jeff Zentner, or Nina LaCour. 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 DONIf 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 T go for books about grief I just don t want to be sad And I fully believe they can be done SO WELL and have so much impact but lots of the time I just don t feel like them That being said, this book was surprisingly addictive to me I was surprised by how often I was reaching for this over other books despite it s content Ashley Woodfolk definitely managed to get me invested in the characters and their development and the trajectory of their grief as they slowly come to terms with whats happened and that s a damn good feat The Beauty that Remains follows three different teenagers who are all connected through music, and especially the band Unravelling Lovely to which they are all connected Logan is a gay boy who s ex boyfriend and first love Bram has committed suicide Logan has developed alcoholism and doesn t know how to cope with the loss, especially since he feels partly responsible Logan is the lead singer of Unravelling Lovely but fell out with the band after Bram died Shay is a black girl who s identical twin Sasha has just lost her long battle with Leukaemia Shay doesn t know how to relate to her mum and what to do about the music blog her and Sasha shared Shay is a fan of Unravelling Lovely and friends with the band members Autumn is Korean American and is devastated after her best friend Tavia died in a car accident Autumn feels guilty because she was secretly dating Tavia s brother and was with him the night she died Tavia s brother, Dante, is one of the members of Unravelling Lovely The thing this book did best was make me invested in the characters growth I was definitely rooting for every single character and my need to know what happened to them next is what drove my interest Shay was my favourite character to follow and Autumn my least favourite she was so bland compared to Logan and Shay but I still enjoyed all of them overall I liked that each was a very unique character and I love that this book had a strong focus on their hobbies, especially music This book did a good job at explaining the backstories of the characters and why their grief was especially palpable but I think that quickly wore off While I was initially really sad, the grief aspect became a little bit repetitive, especially in Autumn and Logan s chapters This book wasn t as emotionally impactful as you would have wanted in a book specifically about grief, but it actually kind of worked in this books favour since it meant I wasn t too sad to see what would happen next one thing I really utterly hated was the biphobia Logan s ex boyfriend Bram is bisexual and in my opinion the portrayal was poorly done and quite hurtful Bram cheats on both Logan and his new girlfriend which totally affirms the cheating bisexual sterotype Also, Logan remarks how annoyed he is that Bram isn t even totally gay which is a really harmful thing to say about bisexual people since bisexual people are constantly fighting for their validity within the queer community Logan also says this But yeah, I guess it added insult to injury that it was some basic bitch cheerleader and not another guy How could I even compete with a girl If it had been another guy, I could have convinced him I was the better choice But if he wanted a girl, he couldn t also want me I found this line to be both sexist and also biphobic The implication that a bi person can be swayed from their relationships is harmful, and also the anger directed at bi boys for dating women Although Logan later becomes friends with the cheerleader, the biphobia itself in any of these examples is never challenged and I found it upsetting to read and I m still unsettled by it now I think that this trope, which is really prevalent and quite harmful needed to bedirectly challenged on page I would NOT recommend this book to bisexual people for the bi rep specifically, but I also want to note this IS ownvoices for black rep so by no means do I think people shouldn t read it ADD ON I discussed this book and the bi representation with the author, and I want to make a note that Bram is intended to be both bisexual and also polyam, and him falling in love with multiple people wasn t the same as cheating I personally didn t pick up on this aspect, but I m putting this note in here for others information 3The number of ifs and what ifs are infinite, and I keep listing them trying to convince myself or Dante, or maybe you, that I m sorry, that life and death are random, that we can t control anything except how we deal with it all now Overall this is one of those books I enjoyed and mostly liked but that I wouldn t ever reread I don t have LOTS of strong feelings toward it, but I would totally read another book by this author and actually I would love a spin off about Shay or Logan trigger warnings suicide, biphobia, drug use, grief, death, car accidents, leukaemia, physical violenceactual rating 3.5 stars 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 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, there is no longer normal But the story does show how these characters process their grief in their own unique ways What makes me sad however is that huge possibility of grief spiraling into depression so I m glad that the story tries to encourage the readers to see The Beauty that Remains even after something as ugly as death Like how in the process of grief, the characters earned new friends, discovered love, re established their relationship with their parents, learned to love themselvesand many other beautiful, hopeful and inspiring things that can come out of a sad and painful experience It s also interesting to note that although the story is told in three different POVs, the characters losses and lives are somewhat interconnected not only by death but also by music and how the music also helps make them feel a little less sad 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, 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, diversity I m still in awe over how deep this book has got to me The expression and heartbreaking grief of this novel is breathtaking, as ironic as that may sound Pain, love and struggle after loss spreads the lives of a group of teenagers who, initially seem only similarly by age and loss of a loved one, but it s this love and loss that bring them together at the end That, and of course, some good ole rock and roll Autumn, an adopted Korean American teenager, sends her best friend, Octavia, almost every single day telling her how much she misses her and what is going on in her life and mind This would all be just find and readers are probably wondering where I m going with this Well, problem is, Octavia is dead She died just little while ago in a car crash And this is the only way Autumn knows how to cope with her overwhelming grief She feels that no one, not even Octavia s brother s pain, measures up to her own.Shay and Sasha, black identical twins are no longer, as Sasha is taken away by leukemia, leaving Shay twinless Now Shay finds her sister in her own reflection everyday and struggles to separate who she is from who her sister was She finds short bursts of comfort in running and kissing Jerome at concerts She feels herself fading into a dimness where as, just like Autumn, she feels that no one can understand how she feels or help her get through this period.Logan is a peppy and sparky musician with a love for the guys With the suicide of his ex boyfriend, Bram, that sparkle in his eyes that once lit up every show is gone It is replaced by an alcoholic and faded depressed teenager A boy filled with regrets, anger, unanswered questions and unexpressed feelings He never got the chance to tell Bram sorry for having told him that he hopes Bram dies alone He never got to make it up to him And now His grades are slipping He s in danger of losing his diploma He s even responsible for the breakup of his band, Unraveling Lovely.Each of these narrators lives are separate but together Autumn tries to hold it together but breaks The only thing that ever bring her back to life and helps her to move on without Tavia is the love and support her sister Willow, her parents, and Octavia s brother as well as Autumn s crush, Dante are willing to give her However it is not until Autumnn is ready that any gestures of love from others has any effect It is she that has to stop sending Tavia emails she knows Tavia will never receive She has to stop blaming herself and others for her best friend s death And Shay also tries to hold it together but breaks She has panic attacks in unexpected moments She tries to set herself straight without help but falls down even deeper It is not until she is interventioned by her friends, takes her mom s advise and joins a support group, and lets her mom back into her life that she can finally move forward Logan also tries to hold it together but breaks He doesn t tell anyone about his feelings of regret He stays away from Bram m mom and has a secret hatred for Bram s ex girlfriend, Yara Instead, he watches and watches again all of Bram s vlogs, feeding into his sadness Somehow, everything he tries to keep away from him is what gives him the strength in the end to pull through.Autumn, Shay and Logan are separate in their struggles but together in their grief As the story progresses the stories begin to come together and overlap Whether it be by romance, by interest, or directly, each character s life and grief is related by music I loved this about the stores music serving as an outlet to mend the character s hearts, bringing them all together in the end.The real problem I had was the writing style The sentence we short and seemed a bit choppy and out of place at times In places where I would have expected some heavy description or evocative imagery was just flat and banal I totally get that the writer was trying to leave the language simple and easy to comprehend, as the stories were each complicated in their own right However, I really felt as though a bit too much was sacrificed for the cause Also, I didn t like the way each chapter would end and then bounce to another narrator.There doesn t seem to be much holding all three narrators together As a result, I couldn t really get what one story had to do with the other untilthan halfway through the book The story itself moved and captivated me in every way possible, so far that I give it 5 stars However, the non comprehensive and overly simplistic writing annoyed me a bit, so far that reason I m giving The Beauty that Remains 4 stars, still an excellent rating for a new release that is sure to become a classic in the coming age with all the relevant issues it tackles race, sexuality, and of course, my personal favorite, mental illness This was super heavy and emotionalbut 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 This was super heavy and emotionalbut 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 death and guiltso wow way to go me for deciding just to continually send my heart through the shredder What are my hobbies Oh just crYING over fictional people it s fine it s fine And it just had all the HEART I truly felt so much love and care and passion went into this It s told from 3 narrating perspectives Autumn, Logan, and Shay.At first their stories don t overlap much They all go to the same school, but the true lock is that all of their lines contain one member a main character or a secondary one who was in a very popular band that broke up And they re ALL suffering from huge heart wracking grief over losing someone AUTUMN She s just lost her best friend in a car accident and she s in love with her BFF s brother butis that weird now She hasn t cried She s absolutely broken with grief and can t draw any She s also super soft and sweet She s Asian LOGAN He s the lead singer in the band, but ruined it all and broke them all upbecause he can t deal with the fact his ex boyfriend died But Logan was still very much in love with him And he s hiding some horrible things he said, plus trying to understand WHY Bram committed suicide when he was so happy go lucky Logan is pretty much a huge ass though, so his chapters were a bit hard to read He s queer SHAY Her twin just died of cancer and she s absolutely falling apart She also is kind of neglected by her mum and has huge panic attacks She s super sweet and kind of bubbly although it s squashed by grief I thought she was really nice ahhh Also she s black There was just so much to love in all the chapters There s good parents and epic sibling relationships There s complicated romance and very very complicated portrayals of grief PLUS it shows three people grieving three different way sand this is so so important I do admit that Autumn s chapters were the most dry to meI wish they d been narrated by Dante I LOVED Shay the best I was super addicted to Logan s chapters because they held the most questions strongest plotbut he was so awful argh His character arc was great though Basically, this book is excellent and you want it I see it in your EYES It s sad, but not hopeless, and it s sweet but not sugary It has a lot of characters and they all seemed so complex and dimensional in just a few chapters I devoured it all in just a few sittings because I wanted answers and I just wanted this crowd of cinnamon childrens to be ok ^READ EBOOK ↡ The Beauty That Remains ⇰ Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together Death wants to tear them apartAutumn 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 perfectBut 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 answeredDespite the odds, one band s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind