When You Were Mine

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In this intensely romantic, modern recounting of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo’s original intended—Juliet’s cousin Rosaline—tells her side of the tale.

What’s in a name, Shakespeare? I’ll tell you: Everything.
Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best ...

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Overview

In this intensely romantic, modern recounting of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo’s original intended—Juliet’s cousin Rosaline—tells her side of the tale.

What’s in a name, Shakespeare? I’ll tell you: Everything.
Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy...and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t even stand a chance.
Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends….

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
History forgot Rosaline, the girl Romeo loved before Juliet, and the clever premise of this underdeveloped but still satisfying romance is an updated imagining of Rosaline's story. Rose Caplet lives next door to Rob Montag, her male best friend who becomes something more as they begin senior year at their posh Southern California private school. But then Rose's estranged cousin, Juliet, and her family move back to town, and Rob is instantly smitten. The cousins were close before their families had a falling out for reasons Rose later discovers, and Rose is devastated by Juliet's betrayal. Serle's debut mirrors the plotting of the original play, but events are filtered through Rose's perspective, with Rob and Juliet kept at a distance. Tapping into familiar Shakespearian devices, Serle places Rob and Juliet in a school production of Macbeth; Rose's role as a stagehand enables her to eavesdrop on their stormy interactions. Though Rob and Juliet are disappointingly one-dimensional, Rose's pain and growth feel legitimate, and her love interest, Len, is distinctive. But it's Rose's longtime friendship with girlfriends Charlie and Olivia that form the heart of the story. Ages 14–up. Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary + Media. (May)
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"By turns heart-stoppingly romantic and heart-poundingly exciting, When You Were Mine is a book you'll want to make yours." —Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus, bestselling authors of The Nanny Diaries

“I swooned. I cried. I loved, loved, loved this delicious novel.” –Sarah Mlynowski, author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have) and Gimme a Call

“A powerful story about the thrill of first love and the devastation of first heartbreak.” –Leila Sales, author of Mostly Good Girls and Past Perfect

“I cried, I swooned, I pumped my fist in triumph! When You Were Mine is as heartbreaking as it is inspiring, with enough sizzling romance and compelling drama to make Shakespeare jealous.” –Sarah (aka Poshdeluxe), founder of Forever Young Adult

“A sweet, fun, and utterly irresistible read." –Deb Caletti, National Book Award Finalist

“A whirlwind of drama, intrigue, political scandal, and romance worthy of the Bard himself. Serle infuses plenty of realism and heart into her tale….She has made such an appealing character that the story goes from being another retelling of R&J to Rosaline’s story, told at long last.” —VOYA

“This emotionally authentic debut novel about a fragile first love keeps the pages turning….Serle gets the nuances just right. The optimism of new love, the concerned friends after Rose’s heartbreak and the dynamics of a triangle—not just the love triangle between Rose, Rob and Juliet, but also the triangle of female best friends.” —Shelf Awareness

VOYA - Matthew Weaver
Before Romeo ever set eyes on Juliet, he was hopelessly devoted to Rosaline. When You Were Mine casts Shakespeare's unseen figure as our modern-day heroine, finding the initial stirrings of romance with longtime childhood friend, Rob, as summer ends and high school starts. But Rosaline's long-lost cousin, Juliet, turns up in town carrying secrets galore and immediately makes a play for Rob. Before long, Ros is watching from the sidelines and wondering just which couple is truly star crossed. Fortunately, she is bolstered by an appealing pair of best friends, Charlie and Olivia, who have their own high school imbroglios to keep them busy. It is a whirlwind of drama, intrigue, political scandal, and romance worthy of the Bard himself. Serle infuses plenty of realism and heart into her tale. While Rob and Juliet are wrapped up in each other, we grow to genuinely like the characters, particularly Ros and the boy she used to share piano lessons with, Len. It is hard not to root for a guy who knows a girl's favorite flower, especially as he is coaxing her through heartbreak. What would it have been like to watch Romeo and Juliet's doomed relationship unfold? Serle shows us, but she has made such an appealing character that the story goes from being another retelling of R&J to Rosaline's story, told at long last. Reviewer: Matthew Weaver
Kirkus Reviews
Romeo and Juliet is recast as a love triangle set at a tony Southern California private school. Rosaline the narrator points out in the prologue that "before Juliet ever came into the picture," there was Rosaline, whom Romeo had initially gone to the ill-fated party to see. "Romeo didn't belong with Juliet; he belonged with me." Here Romeo is Rob Monteg, the boy next door, and now, at the beginning of senior year, Rose Caplet hopes her oldest, best friend may be on his way to becoming her boyfriend. It seems, well, fated--but then her cousin Juliet, daughter of her estranged uncle and aunt, moves back to town and captivates Rob. Serle gives Rose two staunch, beautiful, rich, label-conscious friends, with whom she sits at the top of the high-school food chain. She also gives Rose an antagonist, class outcast Len, who, predictably, becomes more and more attractive as the year progresses and Rob and Juliet play tongue-hockey in public. Readers who try to draw correspondences with the play will find themselves frustrated; is Len Mercutio? Tybalt? They will also find the tawdry truth behind the Caplet-Monteg feud unconvincing. There might have been an interesting story about friendship under here, but it was buried by the high-concept superstructure. Take an archetypal story out of Renaissance Verona and couch it in relentlessly ordinary present-tense prose, and all that's left is banal chick lit. (Fiction. 14 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—"Shakespeare got it wrong," or so claims Rosaline in this Malibu-Barbie reworking of Romeo and Juliet. Rosaline's estranged cousin, stunning Juliet Caplet, moves back to upscale San Bellaro, captivating Rose's lifelong pal and just-new boyfriend and revealing scandals at the heart of their families' longstanding feud. In the process, readers meet Rosaline's rather vapid best friends, witness the school misfit's steadfastness, and see firsthand how their soap-opera lives intersect. Using the play's five-act structure (with added epilogue), the author borrows just enough plot details from the Bard's original to allow readers to make connections. However, in her attempt to modernize the classic tragedy, Serle serves up stereotypes often associated with the California lifestyle: parental affairs, drunkenness, casual sex, and vulgar language. When coupled with Rob and Juliet's car plunging over a seaside cliff, readers are left with only TV melodrama and without Shakespeare's brilliant poetry. While the protagonist does change as the story unfolds in Serle's well-paced scenes, the book is too predictable to warrant much fanfare, and libraries would better serve their readers by promoting Lisa Klein's Ophelia (Bloomsbury, 2006) and Caroline B. Cooney's Enter Three Witches (Scholastic, 2007). In this incarnation, it wasn't Shakespeare but Serle who, sadly, "got it wrong."—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, The Naples Players, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442433137
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,093,452
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Serle is a full-time writer, which means she gets to wear pajamas to work. She went to the University of Southern California, then got her MFA from the New School in NYC. (She likes New York much more than LA, but don't tell anyone that.) Rebecca loves shiny hair, coffee, yoga, and pretending to be British. She, too, experienced heartbreak once. It worked out okay, though, because she turned the experience into her first novel, When You Were Mine. Find out more at RebeccaSerle.com.

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When You Were Mine


  • Shakespeare got it wrong. His most famous work, and he completely missed the mark. You know the one I’m talking about. Star-crossed lovers. Ill-fated romance. Torn apart by family and circumstance. It’s the perfect love story. To have someone who loves you so much they would actually die for you.

But the thing people never remember about Romeo and Juliet is that it’s not a love story; it’s a drama. In fact, Romeo and Juliet isn’t even the original title of the play. It was called The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. Tragedy. Everyone dies for this love that, in my opinion, wasn’t all that solid from the get-go. I mean, their families hated each other, so even if they did survive, every holiday and birthday until the end of time would be a royal pain. Not to mention that they had absolutely no friends in common, so forget double dates. No, it would be Romeo and Juliet all alone, forever. And maybe that seems romantic at fourteen, or whatever, but it’s totally not realistic. I mean, I can’t think of a less romantic ending to a story. And the truth is, it wasn’t supposed to end that way.

If you read closely, you’ll realize that there was someone before Juliet ever came into the picture. Someone who Romeo loved very much. Her name was Rosaline. And Romeo went to the party that first night, the night everything began, to see her. Everyone always thinks Romeo and Juliet were so helpless to fate, that they were at the mercy of their love for each other. Not true. Juliet wasn’t some sweet, innocent girl torn apart by destiny. She knew exactly what she was doing. The problem was, Shakespeare didn’t. Romeo didn’t belong with Juliet; he belonged with me. It was supposed to be us together forever, and it would have been if she hadn’t come along and stolen him away. Maybe then all of this could have been avoided. Maybe then they’d still be alive.

What if the greatest love story ever told was the wrong one?

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  • Posted May 1, 2012

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    I have to say a HUGE HUGE THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tou


    I have to say a HUGE HUGE THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to be a part of this tour. When I first heard about it in the summer I was intrigued because I love the story of Romeo and Juliet. I did a paper on them in English class and I wanted to see what kind of spin Rebecca would put on this story. All I have to say is Rebecca totally ROCKED IT! This book is EPIC!


    Rose has loved Rob all her life and then some. She knows they were meant to be together. So when Rob starts to show signs of romance Rose is ecstatic! She knows that this year is going to be the year of her and Rob together as boyfriend and girlfriend. She has waited so long for Rob to notice her as more than just a friend she is having second thoughts about them having a relationship because she does not want to ruin their friendship. The only thing is Rose really wants Rob and she is willing to ride the waves to be with him.


    Then disaster strikes by the name of Juliet. She is Rose's cousin and she will stop at nothing to take everything away from Rose even Rob. So when Rob goes from being hot towards Rose to cold in thirty seconds Rose realizes that she has lost Rob. She is hurt and angry and devastated by what happens between them. They go from being together everyday to not speaking to one another. Rose is heart broken but she has her best friends to lean on and even someone she never knew could be so supportive.


    So when tragedy strikes and someone close to Rose dies she is left to pick up the pieces and learn to live again. What is a girl to do when her heart is broken and the one person that can heal it no longer can? What happens when someone else is there to love you, do you let them in or do you deny them? What is Rose to do? Will she ever heal from this tragedy? This is a MUST READ! Lord the pages just kept turning and before I knew it I was done. I cried and I laughed and I screamed at the book but hey what can I say I LOVED LOVED IT!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

    A must read!

    What a fantastic book! WHEN YOU WERE MINE was incredibly fun to read, while simultaneously being absolutely moving and heartbreaking. I fell in love with Rose's story. She's a character ladies of all ages will identify with - either because you once went through something similar or you see her story in who you are now. Despite the heartbreak that Rose goes through, there are also wonderful moments of levity and sheer hilarity in the book. Also, the book is in the end hopeful and inspiring. You'll adore Rose, but you'll also really feel for the characters in her world: Charlie and Olivia, her nutty best friends; Len, the boy she should be with; Rob, the guy she thinks she should be with; and even the dreaded cousin, Juliet.

    This is a book that both teens and adults will love - Serle's writing is that good and universally appealing. Curl up with this book on a beach or in front of a fire and you'll be pleased. Happy reading!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2012

    I know there are lots of review out there of this book but this

    I know there are lots of review out there of this book but this is my own version.

    Well reading this book was an extraordinary experience I am glad I got this book for review. I have so much feelings about this book as I was reading this book some new feelings were created. I loved how Rebecca wrote the story of Romeo & Juliet in a new perspective or way which made me cry of happiness, sadness, and just be captivated by it. Let me start by saying that this book is my number 1 book in the whole world of all the books I have read. Not that I have read so much books in my whole life because I just started being totally obsess with YA books. But this book is amazing I loved most of the characters starting with Charlie, Olivia, Len, and the main character which is Rosaline or better called Rosie. There were so many events in this book that I can't really talk about because I don't want any spoilers I want you guys to check the book out because it was a new experience and terrifying, sad/happy book which made me cry smile all the way through the end.

    Rob was my favorite character at the beginning of the book but at the middle of the book something (event) happened that made me change every feeling I had about Rob turn into hate or may I better say dislike because I don't hate anyone. Juliet was Rose cousin and at first I was like okay I new girl was just introduced alright but after I kept reading my feeling for her turn into dislike for every trouble she caused. Even though this two characters pissed me off I still loved the book and I believe is because of all the tension happening in the book and the dislike is what made this book and extraordinary experience which I absolutely adored. When Len was introduced I was like his probably ugly, rebel, and not sweet but as I kept reading my feelings for him changed and he became one of my favorite characters. Charlie and Olivia are Rose best friend and were always there for her throughout the book which made them also my favorite characters. Of course Rose was also my favorite character because she was the main character as I kept reading I felt like I was feeling the same pain she was feeling. But enough of so much talk about this book all I have to say is that this book is truly amazing I am not saying you would like because everyone has a different taste but in my opinion this book would be a number 1 book everyone should think about reading this year.

    If your looking for a book to read I would recommend reading When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle and then tell me what you thought of it and comment and tell me what you think.

    I would give this book a rating of infinity/5 by infinity I mean the largest number in the world which does not exist so this book is over the top.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

    Everyone knows the story of the famous Tragedy of Romeo and Juli

    Everyone knows the story of the famous Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The greatest love story ever told. Blah blah blah. But did you know that Romeo before Juliet was Romeo was betrothed to the lovely Rosaline? If you read closely, Juliet used her feminine wiles to woo Romeo away. So this is where Rebecca Serle takes R&J and updates, deconstructs it and spins her own story.

    Rob Monteg has been gone for the whole summer, working as a camp counselor. Rosaline Caplet is Rob's best friend, but there might be more going on between them once he gets home. See Rob left Rosaline with a mixed message when left.

    This story was marketed as an intensely romantic, modern retelling. For me it fell a bit flat. Rosaline is a great character and she has a bit of a backbone, but once Juliet enters the picture, Rosaline becomes a wallflower. Juliet was deigned to be a terrible character, one who had serious mental issues and control issues where it concerned Rob. Right before Juliet enters the picture, Rob and Rosaline share a memorable kiss and it's decided that they are perfect for each other even if they are best friends. But this is probably the shortest lived relationship I've ever seen. It took about half a page. Because Juliet (Rosaline's cousin) is back in town when it is discovered that her father (a senator) had an affair. So for damage control they go back to the town where they once lived. A plot device that didn't work for me. It made no sense. But in order to get Juliet and Rob together, it was necessary.

    Rob and Juliet are only together for a short time and we all know how the original story ends. It's just with this story, getting to the ending knowing what was going to happen wasn't fun. It was bleak and depressing. I was still waiting for the intensely romantic story I was promised. It could also be that I am not a fan of Wm. Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet that I just couldn't allow myself to enjoy this one. I went in wanting to.

    Rebecca is a debut author and I do think she has a good writing style and could really write a great subsequent book. This one just didn't work for me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

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    This book deserves five stars! I liked this book better than the

    This book deserves five stars! I liked this book better than the original Romeo and Juliet story by Shakespeare. This was intoxicating and fresh! Ms. Serle will make a great addition to the YA field.


    If I had to pick a favorite character, it would definitely be Len. I liked him since the beginning. He was different, and sweet, in his own way. Charlie would be my second favorite character. I loved her wittiness!


    When You Were Mine basically just throws you into the plot. There are lots of flashbacks sprinkled all throughout the book. The flashbacks usually involve Rosaline and Rob when they were children. I wish I could have seen more Len and Rose. They were so cute together!


    The only complaint I have about this book was the feud between Juliet's and Rose's family. I wanted it to be a complicated feud, and when I found out the reason that began the fight, I was disappointed. But, besides that, this book was a quick, tragic and cute read. The depressing parts in the book were not executed to a point where it made you want to cry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    Shakespeare might not have gotten it right, but Rebecca Serle su

    Shakespeare might not have gotten it right, but Rebecca Serle sure did! Rosaline starts out much as the reader may expect, hopelessly in love with her long-time friend Rob. Rob doesn't really see her as a love interest at first, but that begins to change in the first portion of the novel. Rosaline runs out of luck, however, when her former best friend, Juliet, comes back to town. Juliet seemingly ensnares Rob in a few short days and Rosaline is left in the cold. Will the story run a different course this time?



    Rosaline's character was really true to the story. She was exactly as I might have pictured the Rosaline from Shakespeare. Her character was dynamic, changing throughout the story; in the beginning, she didn't seem as in control of her life and decisions, but in the end she matured. Luckily, the author provides a love interest for this tale instead of merely relying on Rob to do double-duty. The love interest makes up for the "ugh" factor or Rob and Juliet. Rob's character reminded me so much of Romeo that I started thinking of him as Romeo in the book. Juliet was a tad on the whiny side, but from Rosaline's perspective, she fit right in.



    Overall, this book is a great read. If a reader is looking for a twist on Romeo and Juliet that doesn't have the "eh" ending...not quite, at least, then this is the book to pick up. This book is recommended to young adult/teen readers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 2, 2012

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    Retellings for me are a hit or miss, and this was a hit.

    Retellings for me are a hit or miss, and this was a hit. I enjoyed the plot and the twist of seeing everything from a new view. Rosie had a voice and story that helped me to feel for her and care about what she's going through.
    Her relationship with Rob is so new and tender and I just wanted to root for them even though I knew what was coming. They made a cute couple, and seemed to be really into each other.
    It was hard for me when Juliet came onto the scene. There was so much talk about 'the fight' between their family but when the details were revealed it felt like it was barely touched on and even though we see the devastation, we don't really get to feel it because its so brief. Juliet also isn't very nice. I could forgive going after Rob at first because Rosie never really clarified and it seemed like love at first glimpse from Rob and we never really get to hear why he was so attracted. I guess that it is supposed to be assumed and established because of the real play, but it was hard for me to buy. And regardless of first impressions and the fight between the families it seems that Juliet wouldn't violate the woman code and go after another's man once she figured it out.
    That said, I really enjoyed the build up and mystery of Len. I think it was one of my favorite aspects.
    Charlie also raised this story up! She was funny and a great best friend.
    As for the ending, I was really wondering how and if she was going to pull it off, but I think it was as well done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2014

    When You Were Mine was phenomenal!! I couldn't put it down. It w

    When You Were Mine was phenomenal!! I couldn't put it down. It was a great read and even better if you have read Romeo and Juliet. Even if you haven't, it's still a great read!! 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    :D

    Best book ever!

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  • Posted October 15, 2013

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    booksbysteph says "Take It or Leave It" "What i

    booksbysteph says "Take It or Leave It"


    "What if the greatest love story ever told was the wrong one?" People remember Romeo and Juliet as a love story and forget it is actually a tragedy. "[T]here was someone before Juliet ever came into the picture. Someone who Romeo loved very much. Her name was Rosaline."

    In this modern-day adaptation, Rosaline and her Romeo, Rob, have been best friends since practically birth. Things started to get serious the night before Rob left for the summer to be a camp counselor. On the first day of senior year, Rob finally asks Rose out on a proper date. Though worried how it would affect their friendship, being together just seemed right.

    Rose's cousin, Juliet, moves back to town. It has been ten years since Rose and Rob have spoken to Juliet. But now Juliet has her eyes set on Rob. Rob easily falls for Juliet and Rose is devastated. But Rose began to notice everyone around her whispering. Some people are holding on to secrets that will change lives...forever.

    I GIVE THIS BOOK: 3 Stars

    Take it or leave it. It is up to you to decide if you want to read this modern-day adaptation of Romeo and Juliet from Rosaline's point-of-view.

    Modern-day Romeo and Juliet from the point-of-view of the jilted ex? A good idea in theory.

    It really took a lot of strength to push trough this book. Juliet does not even appear until a third of the way into it. The beginning reads like a high school girl. Yes, Rose is a high school girl. But the non-stop fast talking in her mind was really annoying. Everything has a story behind it or references something that ends up irrelevant to the story. 

    While the story is about the forgotten character of Rosaline, needed information about Rob and Juliet lacked. I understand the heartbreak that Rose felt, but she never let on how much she knew about why Rob so easily turned from her. How can you mourn lovers when you do not know why they loved each other? (And that is not a spoiler - the entire world knows Romeo and Juliet die.)

    Until next time, live life one page at a time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    This book is so amazing!! It is romantic and dramatic. There are

    This book is so amazing!! It is romantic and dramatic. There are so many twists and turns to this book I couldn't put it down i just had to see what happened next. When You Were Mine made me feel so many different things, I cried I laughed I gasped and I smiled. I recommend this book to any teenage girl that likes or even doesn't like reading. I loved it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    I like it enough to finish it

    It was cute. Not great but not bad.

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  • Posted June 10, 2013

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** When You Were M

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
    Publisher: Simon Pulse
    Publication Date: May 1, 2012
    Rating: 5 stars
    Source: Won a giveaway

    Summary (from Goodreads):

    In this intensely romantic, modern recounting of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo’s original intended—Juliet’s cousin Rosaline—tells her side of the tale. What’s in a name, Shakespeare? I’ll tell you: Everything.

    Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy...and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t even stand a chance.

    Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends…


    What I Liked: 

    Oh, contemporary novels, whe have you done to me?! This book was one of the last books I read in 2012, and I absolutely LOVED it! I have to say, while I expected some things in this book to happen, with Rob and Juliet, I did not expect others (like, the end? I did not expect it to go that far - but I loved it). 

    The plot is so engrossing! I feel like I do not describe many contemporary novels as engrossing, but this one was! I read it between two days, within hours. It's one that is quick to read, but also very dense. It's not a light read all the time. 

    Okay, next, the characters. I really like Rosaline. I truly saw character development in her throughout the story, and it was nice, smooth character development (smooth meaning there were many events that tested Rosaline's character, but she handled those situations better each time, learning from her mistakes). 

    Rob is too perfect - so I was not on board with him from the start. I kind of liked Juliet, despite her standoffish attitude. Len, Olivia, and Charlie are all wonderful supporting characters. If there are any more books that deal with this story, then I definitely want to see more of Len. 

    Overall, this book is terrific - a real winner in the contemporary world. And guess what? No love triangle!!! Well. Kind of no triangle. It's the kind of triangle that I can tolerate. Girl like boy #1, and boy #2 likes girl. In the end, everyone is kind of squared away, though girl still harbors feelings for boy #1. and I like that about this book - the feelings don't just disappear. Rosaline still cares for Rob as a friend and more, even though he's not hers. 

    But things definitely end well in my opinion. And hey. When You Were Mine was one of my favorite contemporary novels of 2012! 


    What I Did Not Like: 

    I really, really wanted more from Len (like, more interactions). Otherwise, I have no complaints :)


    Would I Recommend It: 

    YES!!! Contemporary lover? GO GET IT NOW!!!


    Rating: 

    5 stars. SQUEE! I loved this book! Like, lots!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Meh

    It was an okay book

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    A new interpretation of one of the most read tragedies in the wo

    A new interpretation of one of the most read tragedies in the world? Yes, please! Romeo & Juliet was one of my favourite reads in high school and is one of my favourite classics in general. The two doomed lovers dying a tragic death. It was always a story I found myself fascinated by. So you can probably imagine how excited I was to read WHEN YOU WERE MINE.

    WHEN YOU WERE MINE is an amazing read, a fabulous YA contemporary romance with just the right amount of tragedy, drama and love. Some of you might say that a story like Romeo & Juliet can’t be copied so easily or that another retake only promises to be tiresome. Whereas the story follows the main events of the classic Romeo & Juliet, in the end it is only roughly based on it. This time it’s Rosaline’s story to be told.

    Rosaline is the girl no one has really thought about much, until now. Rebecca Serle chose the famous tale of the two Italian cult star-crossed lovers and transformed the story to California with a pretty impressive storyline in mind. I loved to find out what of the original story she decided to keep and in how far she adjusted single details, added characters or wrote riveting new dialogues.

    The book is divided into acts and scenes just like the original play and based on various tendencies and main events of Romeo and Juliet. The names of the WHEN YOU WERE MINE characters are very similar to the original names like Rosaline Caplet, Rob Montag, Juliet Caplet. That similarity bothered me a bit in the beginning, because just from the sound of their names, I imagined the characters to be copied, too (they are really not!). In the end I appreciated even that tiny detail, the names, that led to an excellent new telling about that ancient love story. Or better, the story of the girl who got hurt in the process and forgotten over the years.

    Without telling too much about the story, I can tell you that much about WHEN YOU WERE MINE. The focus doesn’t solely lie on one love story. There’s more to that book than Rob loving Juliet or Rosaline’s feelings for Rob. It needs some time to discover in which direction the story is headed and that was what made WHEN YOU WERE MINE such a spectacularly enjoyable read.

    A major plus is that WHEN YOU WERE MINE is not all about love, but friendship, too. You can imagine Rosaline must go trough many hardships and it’s an invaluable gift to have friends by your side. I’m sure you’ll love her best friend Charlie just as much as I did and highly appreciate the thread of their friendship’s story.

    Rebecca Serle wrote her book with the knowledge that her readers’ would be expecting a certain outcome or start into it with predefined pictures of the characters Juliet, Rob and Rosaline. Of course Juliet would be the innocently cute girl who captured Rob’s heart, Rob her knight in shining armour and Rosaline the jealous ex not worthy of an own story.
    Now Rebecca managed to shape the characters in a completely new and exciting way and I admit that Shakespeare couldn’t have done a better job. I was infuriated with the irrational, immature and mindless behaviour of some characters, moved by the emotional conflicts other characters had to go through and simply enraptured by the true major love story that hasn’t been told all that time.

    THE VERDICT

    WHEN YOU WERE MINE- The profound and adorable Romeo & Juliet retelling I didn’t know I had always been waiting for to find, devour, and love. Rebecca Serle makes YA and Shakespeare readers’ dreams come true.

    YA contemporary readers, there’s no way around Rebecca Serle’s debut WHEN YOU WERE MINE. This Romeo and Juliet retelling is inspired by Shakespeare’s story, yet bears ever new surprises and turns the story way round. Rosaline’s been the star all along!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Great book

    When you were mine is a great book that everyonr should read. It is a modern day romeo and juliet.It will suprise you at the end though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    great book for high school students!

    New twist on romeo and Juliet. It's a sad book but leaves you feeling good.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    Contemporary fiction usually isn't my thing. I am more of a para

    Contemporary fiction usually isn't my thing. I am more of a paranormal reader, or at least I thought I was. But for some reason, I thought I needed a change in genre. Well, When You Were Mine was exactly the change I needed! I absolutely loved this book, and everything about it: the characters, the storyline, the new perspective on an age old classc. This is the second 'retelling' I have read, and I have got to say, I am definately enjoying this trend.


    I fell in love with the main character: Rosaline. Everything about her was relatable and down to earth. I liked how I could see myself in her shoes from the very beginning of the book. Never while reading this book did I feel like she was an unrealistic character. Her emotions were real, and she handled the tough situations she was put in great. Her emotions and reactions throughtout the book were never rushed or forced. They were just what I would expect to feel if it were me in the same situation. That right there was one of the reasons I enjoyed the book so much. Another great plus for this book was the friendships. Rosaline's group of friends were close, and that was good to see. I like it when the friends of the story are close and an acutal support system for the main character.


    The plot flowed very smoothly. Even though it is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, and everybody knows what is going to happen, I was still very pleasntly surprised by all the twists and turns the story took. I never found myself bored.


    I have to say that this was a very great read! Rebecca Serle is a very talented writer. One able to make an old classic play feel fresh and new. I loved her imagination in this book and her take on how Rosie felt and acted in Romeo and Juliet. It was nice. I would highly recommend this book! I hope Rebecca writes another retelling. I would love to see her take on other classics!


    As a side note, I really liked a quote in the book.

    "Sometimes...the hardest part about letting someone go is realizing that you were never meant to have them."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Love

    This book is my favorite

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  • Posted July 16, 2012

    What a fantastic book! It is at times heartbreaking, yet overal

    What a fantastic book! It is at times heartbreaking, yet overall, incredibly heartwarming. I devoured this book in a matter of hours and eagerly await the next book from this author. She is now on my automatic must read list.

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