When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle (review by Stephanie S. ’17)

When You Were MineWhen You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When You Were Mine, a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, opens with Rosaline Caplet and her two best friends hoping for the perfect senior year. Rose has had eyes for her neighbor and best friend, Rob Monteg, for years and hopes he’ll finally return her feelings. At the beginning of the summer, before Rob left for camp, Rosaline thought their relationship was evolving into something more. She is thrilled when school starts and their flirting continues. When Rob kisses her on their first date, Rose believes that everything is falling into place. Soon afterwards, however, Rosaline’s cousin Juliet moves to town. In less than two days Juliet has claimed Rob as hers, and he seems to have forgotten all about Rose. Rosaline’s friends tell her to ignore them, but she cannot. Soon rumors start circulating about Juliet’s mental instability, endangering Rob and his future. Will Rob make the right decision and leave Juliet, or will she take him down with her? This book may not be for everyone but I enjoyed this story and found it to be unique take on Shakespeare’s original, with a couple unexpected twists.

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