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Saturday, July 7, 2012

Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Publication Date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 334
Genre: Contemporary, Retelling, Romance


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…
*Copy provided by Simon Pulse for an honest review*

I love retellings and Shakespearean retellings are becoming my favorite things at the moment. When You Were Mine, the contemporary portrayal of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with a little twist: The story is told from Rosaline's point of view. That was enough to make me want to read this story.

Being on the fence with contemporary novels, Rebecca Serle did keep me captivated and enchanted by the characters she rewrote and added. The compelling modern story line and Rose's character were enough to keep me interested. And when Len came along I was all around gushing. The characters are wonderfully developed, allowing me to feel for Rose, detest the actions and motives of Juliet, become frustrated and enraged with Rob for his actions, and adore Len when his time shines.

I was able to enjoy this novel very much. The dialogue was paced well and flowed nicely with the characters personalities. I also liked how the book was segmented into acts and scenes like a regular play. It was a nice detail added to the novel.


Final Summation: Absolutely adored the novel. A retelling of Romeo and Juliet + contemporary setting + Rosaline's take on the story and how her life was altered makes a wonderful novel and an enjoyable romantic tale. Also, a light and quick read. Definitely recommend being picked up and read. 

First Line: Shakespeare got it wrong.
Story: S
Cover: B