3.5/5 - Don't get me wrong, I liked it. But just something about it...
Being a huge Shakespeare buff, I was somewhat hesitant to read this book, but al3.5/5 - Don't get me wrong, I liked it. But just something about it...
Being a huge Shakespeare buff, I was somewhat hesitant to read this book, but also really excited. I have loved the story of Romeo and Juliet since I was a little girl and got my illustrated Usborne Children's copy of it, so I really was unsure whether or not I wanted to read it from another person's perspective. But, I have always been curious as to what happened to Rosaline, so that was the thing that made me buy it. What happened to Romeo's first love?
When You Were Mine is a modernized 'retelling' so it's set in a high school in California. Juliet is portrayed as being an evil little female-dog (if you know what I mean) and Rosaline is heart broken and lonely when Rob, (Romeo) leaves her for Juliet. Okay, HOLD UP. This was the first thing that bothered me: Juliet and Rob's relationship? Practically non-existent. They kissed, it was really cute. They then had a day at school of awww until Juliet showed up. Then, at the dance, BOOM, Rob falls for Juliet. I don't know, I just didn't get the whole "...waiting for years for Rob to kiss her." It was more like a few months. Yes, what Rob did, leaving Rosaline for Juliet with not even a word about it, was crappy, but still. I think that part of it was a bit over-played.
I'm having a bit of a hard time setting out my thoughts on this one. On one hand, it was a good book full of emotion. But on the other hand, it was... merely okay. Knowing where the story would inevitably go was not even the biggest part of its predictability. I knew from the beginning what would happen, down to who Rosaline would end up with in the end. It was disappointing having not a single thing in the book surprise me. I know that's not a huge factor for liking a book for some people, but in my opinion, when an author can pull a rabbit out of the hat (or in other words, surprise you big time) well enough, it makes the book just so much better. So I guess what I'm trying to say is even though this is a retelling of sorts, it would have been nice to see some twists and turns other than reading from the perspective of Rosaline.
In the end When You Were Mine won't be a book I'll remember too well in a few months. It wasn't bad, but it also didn't quite live up to my expectations. The writing was good enough, but it was also a little unoriginal. I found a lot of the story too be a big cliche, from the supporting characters to the scandalous past between the Monteg family and Caplet family. The conclusion to the book, though sad because of the inevitable, well-known ending, was sweet and that made me like it just a little bit more, but probably not enough to read it again. ...more
Brutally honest about things most YA authors tend to swerve away from, this book made me laugh a lot and it also made me sad, but I really enjoyed it!Brutally honest about things most YA authors tend to swerve away from, this book made me laugh a lot and it also made me sad, but I really enjoyed it! 4.5/5 stars...more
My Thoughts: The quote on the front of the cover says it all: 'Insightful and utterly authentic... this is an important book.' -The New York Times BooMy Thoughts: The quote on the front of the cover says it all: 'Insightful and utterly authentic... this is an important book.' -The New York Times Book Review
When I first watched the movie that was based on this book, I had no idea it was a book. But the story sounded really interesting so I watched it. I saw the book in the store the next day, picked it up and then it sat on my shelf for a while. But I'm trying to catch up on the books I've got, so I picked it up and I am so glad I did. This book is one that everyone should read. It's real and it's raw and it's just incredible.
Craig is an absolutely delight to read about. I know that sounds maybe a little odd as it's a book about a boy with depression, but just the way his mind works is amazing. I felt like I could understand everything Vizzini was writing and I had this connection with Craig, as a character. Craig is probably one of my favorite characters from a book ever. I understand his mind set and the way he thinks with his Anchors and Cycling and Tentacles. I get it. I think one of the things I loved the most about him was that he was a normal teenage boy. But he also had depression. He thought about girls... a LOT, and he stressed about normal teenage stuff. But the thing that got him was that he thought about that normal teenage stuff too much and it became way too overwhelming, leading to his depression and suicidal thoughts. I mean, I won't get into too much detail, except for the fact that I can totally relate with Craig. Other than Craig, the other characters are also amazing. Even with only 444 pages, I felt as if I bonded with them and loved them so much. I haven't felt this way about a book and it's characters in such a long time. I loved Noelle, and Bobby, and Soloman, and Muqtada, and Ebony, and all the others as well. Each of them will hold a special place in that space in my heart for book characters.
The thing about this book is that I took my time reading it. I didn't want to rush it. I wanted to stay in Craig's head forever. When Nia came to visit him in the psych hospital, it made me almost scream in the middle of English class. When Craig started to draw, I was so happy for him. Every single moment in Vizzini's unbelievable work, I will cherish. Plus, an upside to this book was that the movie was incredible too, and it really didn't matter that I had watched the movie first. They're so different from each other, but both so good. I will be rereading this book for a long time and rewatching the movie for just as long. Craig's story is unlike all the books I've been reading lately and I want more. I'll be looking into more of the author's books, most definitely. Ned Vizzini, you are a brilliant author. ...more
No idea how many times I've read this book/seen the movie based on it, but it's still one of my favourites. Don't know if I'll be doing a full reviewNo idea how many times I've read this book/seen the movie based on it, but it's still one of my favourites. Don't know if I'll be doing a full review or anything yet though.....more