Monday, 11 June 2012

When You Were Mine Review

Rating: ♥♥♥♥  

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: May 1st 2012
Pages: 334

What It's About!

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…


 When I first started reading it, I wanted nothing more than to slap the main character, Rosaline. Shes this snarky, snobby brat with an attitude. That aside, I actually ended up really enjoying the book. It was a fast, easy read with somewhat good characters.

 Its not so much about Shakespeare, but more about the typical workings of high school. Rosealine is, in a way, popular by default, because of who shes friends with. So of course she wants one of the most popular guys in school, and live happily ever after. Cant say that happens. 

Sometimes the characters bugged me, just the way they act and how their little teenage brains think. Overall I tried to ignore it and just read the story, which turned out to be pretty good. It wasnt the best book Ive ever read in this type of genre, but it wasnt totally horrible, either. I think younger people like teenagers would probably enjoy this book, because they can relate a lot better to the characters. Its a good summer beach read, thats for sure.

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