Book Review: When You Were Mine by @RebeccaASerle

Title: When You Were Mine
By: Rebecca Serle
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
ISBN: 9781442433137
Pages: 334
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 first heard about this book from one of my favorite writers, Julie Plec. I saw she read it via Twitter and after looking it up online and reading the synopsis, I was intrigued and contacted the author, Rebeeca, herself to see if I could review it on Just Us Girls. 

Now, let me tell you, I kid you not I read this in one day, on the weekend when it was pouring outside. Perfect timing because the book had came in the mail the day before and I was super excited to read it. 

Basically this is a different spin on Romeo and Juliet. In fact while telling the story, Rosaline, the main character, let's you know this is just like Romeo and Juliet right before Juliet gets in the picture. I went into this book absolutely loving Rosaline. She's a normal teen that, like most teens, have issues with the way she looks and can't believe that her best friend and neighbor, Rob (Romeo) and her could be anything more than just friends but they do. And it was the part of the book I loved reading until Juliet comes back in the picture after being gone for so long, which makes Rosaline turn to the black sheep student, Len, who actually turns out to not be so bad as everyone thinks he is.

This story is filled with lots of drama between family and friends and even though you go in to the book knowing what happened in the real story of Romeo and Juliet, you kind of, get shocked to see how it ends in this book, especially during the night it happens. The twist on what makes this a great story and page turner is all of the secrets that were being hidden from all of the teens in the story, except Juliet. The reason why the Caplet family and the Monteg family don't want Rob and Juliet together. And even though it ends bad for those two, I was pretty happy that Rosaline and Len eventually got their happy ending, she definitely deserved it after being heart broken and then grieving for two people she loved and cared about.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received When You Were Mine at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 


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