11 Jul 2012

Review: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
April 26th, 2012 Simon & Schuster
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 352
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 rumours 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....
I’ve read a lot of books in my lifetime, met a lot of characters but I’ve never been so frustrated with a book before; this one takes the cake. For the first time ever I actually experienced what it feels like to want to throw a book across the room.
I have never been so disappointed, angry and annoyed with a character. Yes Rob, I’m talking about you. As you can probably tell from the blurb just as Rosaline and Rob finally start to get it together, Juliet comes to town and ruins it all. Sure, she’s a big contributor to the whole mess but I expected way more from Rob. The way he acted was inexcusable; so selfish and ditsy and plain flaky. He was supposed to be Rosaline’s best friend and this is how he goes and act’s? No, just no. As the book moves along a few things are revealed but it still doesn’t make up for the way Rob originally treated Rosaline.
Although I felt for what Rosaline was going through, I didn’t like her character or relate to her.
Love is blind, love is blind, love is blind…but it just seemed unrealistic. I was waiting for Juliet to pull out her crazy love potion elixir; I actually thought I was being Punk’d.

Your either going to dislike or enjoy this book; hopefully for you it's the latter.



  1. I agree with you - I originally really liked this, but I'm re-reading it again and realised that I don't actually feel a connection to Rosaline at all. And Rosaline is one of my favourite characters in Shakespeare, I adore her. I hate Romeo & Juliet, and I just wanted to slap Rob here. He's made out so wonderful at first and then falls for Juliet, but there's so much left open that it just doesn't work.

  2. It seems that everyone that has read this one has had strong feelings about it in either direction, just like you suggest. I have had the opportunity to get my hands on it yet to make my decision, but mixed reviews just make me ITCH to find out how I feel. I love this story and one of these days I want to get my grabby hands on it.

    Also, I know I've told you before, but I love coming here and seeing the different covers than what we have!

  3. Aw, *HUGS* Becca! I'm so sorry you didn't love this one. I SOOO understand what you mean... but Rob just made me feel so, so, SO sad... I was angry and frustrated, but I really admired Rosaline, and I love how much she grew because of her pain, and the romance with Len... but yes. OH YES... I can so understand how that frustration could tip the book in the other direction for you *hugs*

    Can't win 'em all! ♥

  4. I was really excited about this one but now I'll have to be a but wary - at least if I go in wary, it can surprise me! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Oh what a shame! I've got this one in my TBR pile and was intrigued by the premise - it does sound frustrating though!