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When You Were Mine

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  3,643 ratings  ·  602 reviews
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 li
Hardcover, 334 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Simon Pulse (first published 2012)
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Emily May

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?
Nobody knows this, but Simon and Schuster has built a YA fiction robot, Codename: Rebecca Serle. All they need to do is feed pages of existing works into the bot’s built-in scanner, and it will automatically process the data and import it into its memory. The technology is very new and very sophisticated. To date, they’ve only tried it with one work: William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

How does the bot work, you ask? It’s very simple on the surface: it analyzes the imported data for character
Sometimes a book calls out to you, be it for all the right or wrong reasons. When it comes to re-imaginings of age-old tales and classics of the literary pantheon, one must tread lightly, particularly when entering the realm of William Shakespeare. It’s important to remember the cultural and historical context of his work when applying it to a modern day setting. It’s possible to remain faithful to the source material while still adapting it to fit today’s moral & societal changes. A good ex ...more
Gentle reader, I wish to spare you my suffering. Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury this book, not to praise it. When You Were Mine is awful. It is not simply awful it is bitter, stupid, sexist, and above all a lie.

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
Sarah (saz101)
It's no secret the greatest love story ever told is no love story. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy—a tale of bigotry, and murder; a story about a thirteen year old girl and a fickle, capricious boy, ending in suicide and tragedy for all. But what if it was wrong? Or not the whole story? Turns out... it’s every inch as heartbreaking, and if Rebecca Serle does one thing magnificently, it’s laying on the heartbreak. Grab your tissues and your comfort food, and prepare to fall in love... You know what ...more
I've always loved the story of Romeo and Juliet. It's a classic and one of the very few Shakespeare books that I actually paid attention to in high school, so I was very curious about When You Were Mine after reading the blurb. I never thought about what it would it be like from Rosaline's perspective and I gotta tell ya, I was mighty impressed.

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
3.5 stars.

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
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews


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
Amy (Turn the Page)
2.5 stars

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
Rosaline Caplet lives in South California with her parents and she's a senior at San Bellaro High School which she attends with her best friends Charlie, Olivia and Rob. Rose hasn't seen Rob in 8 weeks but it's the first day back at school and she's nervous about seeing again as she's realised she has feelings for him and there's a chance he feels the same way about her. But then her cousin, Juliet, returns to town and moves in on Rob, leaving Rose heartbroken.

When You Were Mine by Rebeca Searle
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
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 hanging out in the lounge where it’s exclusive to seniors only.

Now I
Magan (Rather Be Reading)
[review originally posted on Rather Be Reading]

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
I usually love alternative retellings of popular and classic works, particularly if the story involved gives a unique twist or spin on the original work that makes you consider it in its own league or spectrum. I think the best Shakespearean spin-off/retelling/interpretation I've read in recent memory in any genre is "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" by Tom Stoppard. I loved the play, I even adored the movie (if you haven't seen the movie and you've read Hamlet - do it now - it has Gary Ol ...more
Have you ever had one of those out of body experiences where you can see yourself stabbing yourself repeatedly, but you can’t stop it? Okay, maybe not stabbing, but a situation in which you can't seem to stop yourself from doing something self-destructive. That was how I felt while reading When You Were Mine. I knew it wouldn’t turn out well, I had no idea why I was reading it, but I did it anyway. It’s the lackluster story of Rosaline, who, if you remember your Shakespeare well enough, was the ...more
Apr 18, 2012 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Angie by: Carla
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Originally reviewed here.

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
Ringrazio immensamente De Agostini per tener in considerazione il mio blog e avermi regalato la straordinaria opportunità di leggere questo libro in anteprima in cambio della mia onesta opinione. Gliene sono immensamente grata.

Recensione in anteprima anche sul mio blog:

“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
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“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.
Jul 14, 2011 Cassidy marked it as to-read
"Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends." This line right here sold me on the book.
When You Were Mine is an extremely compelling book. It's much more difficult to explain than just simply saying a modern recounting of Romeo and Juliet. In my opinion it was much deeper than a mere recounting of a story. I just can't think of the best way to describe what it's like, other than that. It's a complex and rich love story, filled with both grief and happy moments. Rebecca Serle has come out swinging with this beautiful debut novel.

Most of us know the story of Romeo and Juliet. It's c
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
Retellings for me are a hit or miss, and this was a hit. I enjoyed the plot and the twist of seeing everything from a new view. Rosie had a voice and story that helped me to feel for her and care about what she's going through.
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
WHEN YOU WERE MINE wasn't what I was expecting from the summary and reviews. As you probably know, WHEN YOU WERE MINE is a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's ROMEO AND JULIET through the point-of-view of the jilted Rosaline. I had this imagine in my head of a crazy passionate romance between Rosaline and Rob, suddenly interrupted by her sociopathic cousin Juliet. It would then go into thriller territory, with Rosaline trying to save Rob's life. That's not quite how the book goes.

I've never been much of a Romeo and Juliet fan. Not even 12 year old me was swayed by the movie adaptation featuring my one true love, Leo DiCaprio. In fact, it only made me loathe Juliet more – I still believe that if Angela Chase wasn’t brought into my life, I would still be harboring some serious resentment towards Claire Danes. Because how dare Romeo forget all about Rosaline! (who sounds like a riot) Such a guy move! So I never appreciated the story because I was solidly, unmovingly on Team ...more
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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
Jillian Heise
Review originally posted on Heise Reads & Recommends

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'
Emily Anne
Note: This is a short ramble. I won't be doing a full review :)

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
Jul 12, 2011 Lora marked it as looks-promising
Friends who fall in love but are kept apart by the heroine's crazy cousin named Juliet? Count me in.
The classic tale of Romeo and Juliet is thrown on it's side with When You Were Mine. In this telling of the classic tale Rosaline is the main voice in the book, she is the one who was with Rob (Romeo) first. They have been best friends their entire lives and have just started to move into something new and exciting and deeper when Rose's cousin Juliet comes back to town. Juliet has been gone twelve years and she and Rose are no longer friends. Though this is not the Juliet that everyone has come ...more
I’m going to start by saying that I’m a huge Shakespeare fan. I love his plays, even though almost all of them end up in a tragedy. So when I got When You Were Mine for a review, I was both nervous and excited to read it. I’ve never read a re-telling before, so being my first re-telling book, I didn’t know what to except.

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
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Andreia Silva
Quem pega neste livro, especialmente a versão original, sem saber muito dele fica com a sensação de que é mais um livro, de muitos, virado para os jovens adultos e que não trará nada de novo. Apesar do apelo que é dado ao ler na sinopse "Romeu e Julieta", acredito que não entusiasmará muita gente a pegar nele. E agora eu pergunto-me: porque é que demorei tanto tempo a lê-lo?

Já tendo lido a obra de William Shakespeare sabia que de dramas e quiçá de tragédias o livro não se safava. No entanto, ta
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