[I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review]
I don’t understand how a single (not to mention, a standalone) novel can leave you this awestruck. Splintering your heart into a million pieces and turning you into a bawling, sobbing mess halfway through the book then mending the pieces back together and leaving you with a hell of a plot twist at the end.
The impact this book had on me was incredible. I did not expect my first author/publisher-provided copy of a book to be this mind-blowing, but who’s complaining?
The fact that J.B. McGee herself has went through some of the issues Claire has went through, (which I suppose is what inspired McGee to write this beautiful novel), only made everything feel more genuine and real. We all have our insecurities, and I think that Claire’s inner voice in the beginning of the story reflected our own. And I believe that every single girl deserves to have at least one Sebastian that could tell her how beautiful she is, to divert her vision from her imperfections to her excellence.
What I mostly loved about this book is the fact that Claire’s past was a huge part of this novel. The author didn’t just fast-forward to when Claire became in college while writing flashbacks to where she was sixteen. So I loved how McGee devoted half of the book to the sixteen-year-old Claire and took her time with her story. The fact that Claire gets a second chance after her tragic accident moved me and touched my heart. People don’t often allow themselves second chances but I loved how Claire tried her best to seek for happiness after what happened to her.
I desperately wanted redemption for Claire and her mom’s relationship, she is her mother after all. The epilogue was sort of confusing, I just wished it could’ve been a little longer and simpler. But overall, I absolutely loved this book. It was so unique and totally gorgeous. Loved the whole concept. The different messages it held. Looking forward to reading more books 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.