Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Hardcover: 334 pages
Published: May 1st 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 1442433132 
ISBN13: 9781442433137
Received: ARC from publisher
Series: Standalone
Challenge: 2012 YA Contemporary Challenge, 2012 Goodreads Challenge
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…
My Thoughts:
When You Are Mine is a "modern" day retelling of Romeo & Juliet. It's uniquely written, it touched my heart. This book shows you how truly devastating one's love story can be. That you never really know what lies ahead of you. No matter what you want, or what you think you want. Sometimes even what you want the most, is not what OR who is meant for you. Amazing.
When You Were Mine was such a beautiful book. For me I really thought that the characters were very strong and it was easy for me to love them. I thought that Rosaline was a great MC. She is one of those girls that you know that you will love, in a book or in real life. 
Rosaline is madly in love with Rob. Although she is not sure how he feels about her, she "thinks" that he has some sort of feelings, because lately he has been acting differently with her. Does he like her? Will them being together ruin the perfect friendship that they have? 
Everything is great. Until...
Juliet come along, yes. Juliet is Rosaline's cousin. And she has her eyes on Rob. And we all know what happens next.. or do you?

“Sometimes...the hardest part about letting someone go is realizing that you were never meant to have them.”
When You Were Mine pulled me into the world of Rosaline. I felt for you. I was angry for her. I had every raw emotion right along with her. 
Rosaline has such amazing friends. They are just so in-touch with each other. They are all connected and I think it is such a great thing when you can have friends in your life such as Rosaline's!
When You Were Mine is a story that you want to read. A story that will open your eyes. Rebecca really knows how to write! The characters that she created are so amazing! This debut novel was a win for me. I look forward to reading more from Rebecca in the future. 
Be sure to pick you up a copy. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.
*Quotes not final, read from ARC*


  1. Lovely review. I love retellings so I'm definitely going to have to check this one out. Glad you enjoyed it so much!

  2. Amazing review! I don't think I've read a retelling before, so hopefully this book will be my first! Thanks for the review, you've made me even more eager to read it! (:

  3. I have been so excited about this one! I am so glad that you loved it. What could be better than the most tragic love story of all time? I can't wait to read it! :)

  4. Alright I need to read this one. I was obsessed with Romeo and Juliet when I was younger and I still really enjoy Shakespeare so I need to see if my library is going to get this.

    Thanks for the fabulous review, I didn't know what to expect from this one since I hadn't seen any reviews.

  5. Amazing, huh? I have a copy of this and I guess I need to bump it up on my TBR! I really like the idea of getting the "other" side of the story, and it's really encouraging that you liked it that much, Loretta!

  6. I'm so glad you liked this one!! It has the coolest premise and I'm really looking forward to reading it.


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