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…
When You Were Mine is filled with a lot of things I usually loathe in a book. The characters are the girls that are usually the enemy in most YA contemporaries. They are popular and vapid. I really kind of hated them. Somewhere along the way Rebecca Serle did some sort of voodoo and made me completely change my mind, though. It’s been a long time since I read a book like that and it really made me like it so much more.
When I first started reading When You Were Mine I honestly didn’t know if I could make it all the way through. The characters were pretty infuriating and definitely not the kind of girls that I like to read about. But something made me keep turning pages and I’m so happy I did. Around the halfway point in the book things get good. When Juliet shows up and completely screws Rose over, that’s when the book gets interesting. Rose’s heartbreak made her feel much more real…and nice. I even started liking Charlie, who was the most obnoxious of them all. I adored Len and when he came into the picture I enjoyed the book so very much.
I’ve never been a big Romeo and Juliet fan but you don’t have to be with When You Were Mine. I think the concept of telling the story from Roseline’s point of view was very creative. I knew where the story was going to end up, but there was a few surprises along the way.
It’s not often that I go from disliking a book to really liking it. I’m thrilled that I stuck with it and finished because the last half was fantastic. I’ll definitely be reading more by Serle in the future.