When You Were Mine
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 i ...more
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This book is a real snarkfest, in fact I kind of wish someone other than me was reviewing this right now, I have a good many friends who could really go to town on this one. The author successfully manages to be sexist to both men and women, indulge in a bout of slut-shaming, and completely miss the point.
I actually really like Shakespeare most of the time, but I think that Romeo and Juliet is one of his weakest works - or one of my least favourites, anyway. The greatest love story of all time? ...more
Actually, no. The worst part really is how grossly sexist and simplified it is. The author says she had her own heartbreak and "turned the experience into this book," which shows because Rose's bitterness is very authentic. There are times, brief and fleeti ...more
I liked this much more than I thought I would.
Initially my interest was piqued by the new take on Romeo and Juliet - a modern adaptation from the point of view of Rosaline, the girl Romeo was desperately in love with until the moment he spotted Juliet. Having recently rewatched Romeo + Juliet and being put in an angsty teen mood, I decided to give When You Were Mine a go. But Rose was soon driving me nuts; she had basically no personality and depended upon her best friend, Charlie, to ...more
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This book had my full attention as soon as I read the description. Finally! Someone who remembers that Romeo was all in love with someone else at the beginning of that horrid play!
What this awesome author does is take The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet and set it in modern times, telling the story from Rosaline’s perspective (the girl Romeo was all in love with until he set eyes on the wonderful Juliet ...more
Rebecca Serle spins a remarkable tale of teen angst, broken hearts, hope, family drama and tragedy all mixed together in a high school setting. The writi ...more
When I first heard about this book I was quite intrigued with the idea of telling the story of Romeo and Juliet from Rosaline’s point of view. The girl before the girl. So I was a little disappointed when I started reading and realised that this was actually a contemporary novel, based on the famous play.
For one thing, the little we know of the original Rosaline was that she rejected Romeo (I’ve always doubted she was the first girl Romeo had proclaimed his undying love to) and Romeo la ...more
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Rosaline weiß, dass sie und Rob zusammengehören. Schon ewig beste Freunde, hat Rob sie endlich geküsst. Alles scheint perfekt – bis Julia auftaucht, Rose' Cousine. Sie sieht umwerfend aus und wickelt jeden Typen um den Finger. Im Nu verdreht sie Rob den Kopf, und die beiden tun keinen Schritt mehr ohne den anderen. Als sich das Gerücht verbreitet, Julia sei psychisch labil und selbstmordgefährdet, fürchtet Rose nicht nur um Robs Herz, sondern auch um sein Leben …
Reading the description off the back of this book made me think it was about Romeo and Juliet, but it wasn't. It was better. The story follows Rosaline, Rob's best friend and next-door neighbour. Following a long summer without Rob, Rosaline develops real feelings for Rob, and without any explanation, Rob finally makes a move, and the two start dating. Their senior year of high school start and with that comes the privilege of ...more
After I finished Insurgent, I wanted something 180 degrees different. What better to pick up than a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story - except this time from the perspective of the girl Romeo (or Rob, in When You Were Mine) discarded, Rosaline? I have to admit I was a little unsure of how closely the story would follow Shakespeare’s masterpiece. I don’t want to get into the details of the ins and outs of what happens because you should experience th ...more
WHEN YOU WERE MINE came and went across my radar after I took a brief glance at its cover and mentally relegated it to the Jennifer Echols realm of contemporary YA romance. I enjoyed Going Too Far, but haven't loved her others or found myself in the mood for more of the same since. But that judgement was admittedly based entirely on the cover, font, tagline, etc. Then I read Carla's review over at The Crooked Shelf, and I took a second gander. Shakespeare, you say? Retel ...more
I was very disappointed by When You Were Mine. I enjoyed Rebecca Serle's most recent novel, The Edge of Falling, and expected to enjoy this one even more. However, I was very bored most of the time and, in my opinion, the writing was very bleh. Also, I feel as if the portrayal of Rob and Juliet was poorly done. I hated the way Juliet was blamed for the relationship. I won't be writing a full review as I feel as if the slew of other n ...more
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“Io, Romeo e Giulietta” è la traduzione italiana di “When you were mine” di Rebecca Serle in uscita per De Agostini Young Adult il prossimo 10 marzo. Uno young adult molto particolare, che ...more
“Io, Romeo e Giulietta” romanzo stand alone di Rebecca Serle è una rivisitazione in chiave moderna della tragedia romantica più famosa di tutti i tempi: “Romeo e Giulietta” di Shakespeare. Ma questa volta i protagonisti non sono i due amanti sventurati, ma la protagonista indiscussa nonché voce narrante è Rosaline – la ragazza di cui Romeo era innamorato prima di conoscere Giulietta. La ragazza tradita e abbandonata.
Most of us know the story of Romeo and Juliet. It's c ...more
Her relationship with Rob is so new and tender and I just wanted to root for them even though I knew what was coming. They made a cute couple, and seemed to be really into each other.
It was hard for me when Juliet came onto the scene. There was so much talk about 'the ...more
I adore the yellow sunset background and the image of the boy and the girl about to kiss which I assume represents Rob and Rose. I think I like the UK/AU cover more than the US one!
What if the greatest love story ever told was the wrong one?
When I first heard of When You Were Mine, the only thing I knew was that the book is a re-telling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, set in the modern world. What I didn't know w ...more
I was really excited to see an advanced reader copy of this book at the convention because I had heard about it/seen the summary, and it sounded really good. It ended up not being exactly what I was expecting from the summary that I had read, but I did like it; although, I was a little bit unsure in the beginning. We all know Shakespeare's version of Romeo & Juliet, but this book says Shakespeare may have gotten it all wrong because it' ...more
When You Were Mine is shallow, artificial and quite frankly one of the worst books I have ever read. I am about 1/3 done and already I HATE every character except for Len. He's literally the ONLY redeeming factor.
We were supposed to pity Rosaline. Oh poor, poor Rosie abandoned by her boyfriend. I did not pity Rosaline. Now before y'all go, "OH, you monster. You, you cretin," hear me out. All Rosaline does is whine. And talk about how popular she is. And how
not pretty she is. And how smart she
Because I was very intrigued to find out what it’s about, I read this book as soon as I got it. It was such a quick, fun read. I was able to finish it right away. When You Were ...more
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Rebecca Serle is the author of When You Were Mine and is an obsessive lover of all things pop culture. She blogs about The Vampire Diaries for New York magazine’s Vulture and can be found on Twitter: @RebeccaASerle. She, like Caggie, lives in Manhattan—just far from the Upper East Side.