Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Book Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

When You Were Mine



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…

I found When You Were Mine to be realistic, funny, and heartbreaking. From the first page, I knew this would be something I would enjoy. Ever since I first read Romeo and Juliet, I was interested in Rosaline. I found myself seeing the story from her point of view a lot, so when I heard there was a book from her perspective I knew I had to get my hands on it!

The writing was practically perfect! It was easy to read and entertaining. Rebecca definitely knows how to write. I found myself laughing, crying, and most of the time just having a good time. It was fun to see which elements of the original tale were kept in place, and which were twisted slightly to fit the new setting.

I loved all the characters. They were all real, but kept certain traits of their Shakespearian counterparts, keeping the story going. Over the course of the story, I found myself hoping that things would turn out differently. That Rosaline and Rob would end up together and no one would die, but no. It stuck to the script, leading me to shed a few tears.

If you hated being forced to read Romeo and Juliet in high school, give this new twist a chance. You will not be disappointed!


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