When You Were Mine
By Rebecca Serle
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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Romeo and Juliet is a famous love story. Not everyone sees it as a love story though. Rosaline, the girl Romeo was with before Juliet stole him away, certainly doesn’t think so.
Rose never let herself think of being with Rob, so when he finally seems interested in her it’s hard for her to believe. Could he really want to be with her? What if she’s imagining it? What happens if it doesn’t work out? She’s a typical girl who discovers her best friend could become more.
Until her cousin shows up. Without knowing what happened one minute Rob is hers and the next he’s kissing Juliet! When Rob chooses Juliet and says he wants to stay friends Rose isn’t having it. Seeing them together hurts her, but watching the changes in Rob baffles her. What is Juliet doing to him that has made him change so much? The Rob she grew up with & loved wasn’t like that, so it must be Juliet.
When scandal and betrayal rocks their families we start to see the couple come unhinged. We watch the story of Romeo & Juliet play out through the eyes of the girl who wanted to love them both until they betrayed her.
I really enjoyed getting modern Rosaline’s viewpoint on this one. I have never cared for the story of Romeo & Juliet, so it was great to have a book that puts that same story in the current day and Shows us how twisted and unromantic it really is. What I really loved is that despite all of that the story isn’t actually about them. This story is Rose’s.
We see a girl trying to trust her heart and having it broken. Then we watch as she tried to put it back together. Seeing the way she can still care for the ones who hurt her most makes her an endearing character. Not allowing them to trample over her without thinking made her a character I could respect. She may be struggling but that doesn’t mean she should roll over. Rose was a wonderfully typical girl. She had doubts and fears. She wasn’t always strong but didn’t wait for anyone to save her. She’s the kind of girl we’d want to be friends with.
Every girl deserves a chance to get the guy, but Rose’s chance isn’t anything like she imagined. In some ways it’s far fetched, but it’s the kind of far fetched I can live with. I wasn’t sure where the author would go with that one at first, but I think she did wonderfully with it. She may not have chosen the path she was on but she would have to learn what she really wanted so she could make it happen.
If a modern day Romeo and Juliet told from Rosaline’s perspective sounds interesting to you then I’m sure you’ll love this one. You may look at Romeo & Juliet or Rosaline in ways you never have before.