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When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle Publisher:
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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…. – Goodreads
Rebecca Serle‘s debut When You Were Mine is a sure sign of awesomeness to come from the author. I went through a huge range of emotions while reading When You Were Mine, and even when I was so enraged I almost chucked it at the wall (more on that later), I was still thinking, “Man, this is a damn good book.”
After reading When You Were Mine, I will never look at Romeo and Juliet the same way again. Just like after seeing Wicked in the West End, I’ll never look at the Wizard of Oz the same way. Rebecca Serle did such a freaking fantastic job of taking Romeo and Juliet into modern times and putting a spin on it – and telling it from Rosaline’s point of view.
I loved Rosaline as a protagonist, and her two best friends Charlie and Olivia. Sure, Charlie and Olivia were pretty shallow at certain points, but in the end they were loyal and loving and really came through for Rosaline. Rosaline was so hopeful and happy about Rob and then just crushed and seriously – so many sobs throughout.
Juliet was SUCH A BITCH. I cannot explain to you guys how much I wanted to chuck my book across the room anytime she was mentioned. A conniving, backstabbing, boyfriend stealing bitch. Of course, Rob isn’t blameless and man, I hated him too – even though I fell for him hard in the beginning. I knew what was coming but I couldn’t believe how fast he fell for her. Such an asshole but I just. I can’t. Because it’s Romeo and Juliet, you know? I have so many conflicting feelings.
Can you guys see how many feelings I felt while reading When You Were Mine? I was swoony and happy and then irritated and then enraged and then indignant and swoony again and then crushed and GAH. When You Were Mine is such a roller coaster.
Guys, When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle is an unbelievably fantastic debut. Rebecca Serle was able to tell such a powerful story that made me feel SO MANY different things and I loved that. Even though I hated it, haha! Seriously, check out When You Were Mine for a powerful contemporary that’s certain to stir up emotion.