Google+ Reading Teen: Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Buy the Book: Amazon
Author's Website:

"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.
My Review: 
     This book is completely fantastic.  It's been a while since I've read a Chick-Lit book quite like this one.  Honestly.  It ranks up near Scrambled Eggs at Midnight, Dream Factory, Anna and the French Kiss, and Lola and the Boy Next Door.  Seriously.  (If you haven't already heard, I'm completely in love with all of those books.)  But it's totally different at the same time.  When You Were Mine is from a completely different point of view.  You watch "Romeo" fall in love with someone else, someone who is not Rosaline.  (On a side note, what on earth were Rose and Julet's families thinking?? Naming their daughters Juilet and Rosaline??)  And it's just like the party scene in the original Romeo and Juliet, Rob sees Juliet and everyone else is instantly forgotten, but instead of being swept away in this love story, you follow Rosaline's heartbreak.  You see as her entire life starts to fall apart.  But what would a strong heroine do without a love story of her own?  I don't think Shakespeare ever would have expected this from his character who never even appears in his play, but When You Were Mine has definitely changed my entire opinion of the Romeo and Juliet love story.

  • Profanity: Heavy
  • Sexual Content: Moderate
  • Violence: None
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  1. You're right about the original never ending well and this one looks like it will tug at the emotions too. Sounds like a good read.

    Thanks for sharing your review!

  2. Oh!! I'm so eager to read this book and now that I read your review, it's even worse! Really.

  3. Never heard of this book, but it sounds awesome. I'm a huge fan of Romeo and Juliet.

  4. Lola and Anna?? You need not say more!! I honestly HAVE been looking for more books like that so I'm DEF looking into this one!!

  5. Wow, that is some seriously high praise! If you think this one ranks up there with Lola, then I MUST pick it up. Thanks for the review!

  6. Thanks for review. I had the same thought about their parents naming them.
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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