REVIEW: Heartfall by J.B. McGee




Claire Ross has never been good enough. Not for the girls in the elite group of dancers in her class and certainly not for the approval of her ballet teacher, Mr. Robins. She definitely doesn’t like what she sees in the mirror. Simply put, she doesn’t love herself, so how could she possibly love someone else?

After twelve years of friendship, Sebastian Reyes’ adoring gaze holds more. They soon find themselves unable to control their feelings for one another.

When tragedy strikes, Claire finds herself in a very unlikely and unfavorable position. Regardless of the weight of the emotion, she must make difficult decisions that impact the rest of her life.

Will Claire see that her true love has been right in front of her? Happily ever after isn’t just for fairy tales. To get hers, all she has to do is trust, open her heart and fall.


It has been awhile since I’ve read a book in the young adult (YA)/coming-of-age genre and Heartfall was a pretty nice reminder of what makes these books special. Part one was pure perfection. It accurately described the feelings associated with being bullied and the toll it can take on one’s self-esteem. Part one also nostalgically puts the reader back in time when they first fell in love and then subsequently the first heartbreak.

But, when part one ended the disconnect began. It became like a tale of two stories. The emotional connection with Claire was gone and I assumed the ending long before it ended. McGee is a talented author as evidenced in part one of the book and how she wrote Claire’s character. It’s a tale that should be read by young women so they know (even though this is fiction) that they can bounce back after the bullying and their first heartbreak.


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