“When You Were Mine” by Rebecca Serle

BOOK_COVER_When You Were Mine“What if the greatest love story ever told was the wrong one?” People remember Romeo and Juliet as a love story and forget it is actually a tragedy. “[T]here was someone before Juliet ever came into the picture. Someone who Romeo loved very much. Her name was Rosaline.”

In this modern-day adaptation, Rosaline and her Romeo, Rob, have been best friends since practically birth. Things started to get serious the night before Rob left for the summer to be a camp counselor. On the first day of senior year, Rob finally asks Rose out on a proper date. Though worried how it would affect their friendship, being together just seemed right.

Rose’s cousin, Juliet, moves back to town. It has been ten years since Rose and Rob have spoken to Juliet. But now Juliet has her eyes set on Rob. Rob easily falls for Juliet and Rose is devastated. But Rose began to notice everyone around her whispering. Some people are holding on to secrets that will change lives…forever.


Take it or leave it. It is up to you to decide if you want to read this modern-day adaptation of Romeo and Juliet from Rosaline’s point-of-view.

Modern-day Romeo and Juliet from the point-of-view of the jilted ex? A good idea in theory.

It really took a lot of strength to push trough this book. Juliet does not even appear until a third of the way into it. The beginning reads like a high school girl. Yes, Rose is a high school girl. But the non-stop fast talking in her mind was really annoying. Everything has a story behind it or references something that ends up irrelevant to the story.

While the story is about the forgotten character of Rosaline, needed information about Rob and Juliet lacked. I understand the heartbreak that Rose felt, but she never let on how much she knew about why Rob so easily turned from her. How can you mourn lovers when you do not know why they loved each other? (And that is not a spoiler – the entire world knows Romeo and Juliet die.)

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Until next time, live life one page at a time!


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