Thursday, April 19, 2012

Book Spotlight: When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

This one has some buzz behind it. A present day twist on the Romeo and Juliet story. This is about Rosaline, the woman Romeo first loved and pushed to the side after he met Juliet. When You Were Mine is from new to me author, Rebecca Serle. This Young Adult romance will be released on May 1st from Simon Pulse.

Synopsis: 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…

Some facts about the character of Rosaline from Romeo and Juliet: (Wikipedia)

"Rosaline is an unseen character and niece of Capulet in William Shakespeare's tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Although silent, her role is important. Romeo is at first deeply in love with Rosaline and expresses her cruelty for not loving him back. Romeo, first spots Juliet while trying to catch a glimpse of Rosaline at a gathering hosted by the Capulet family.

Scholars generally compare Romeo's short-lived love of Rosaline with his later love of Juliet. The poetry Shakespeare writes for Rosaline is much weaker than that for Juliet. Scholars believe Romeo's early experience with Rosaline prepares him for his relationship with Juliet.

Gender studies critics have argued that Rosaline's name suggests that Romeo never really forgets her but rather replaces her with Juliet. Thus, when Juliet cries "What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," she is ironically expressing Romeo's own view of her as a replacement for Rosaline."

Angie from Angieville has a great review posted for When You Were Mine I recommend you check out.