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When You Were Mineby Rebecca Serle
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andlt;b andgt;In this intensely romantic, modern recounting of the greatest love story ever told, Romeoand#8217;s original intendedand#8212;Julietand#8217;s cousin Rosalineand#8212;tells her side of the tale. andlt;/bandgt;andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;andlt;iandgt;Whatand#8217;s in a name, Shakespeare? Iand#8217;ll tell you: Everything.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; andlt;/iandgt;Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss herand#8212;and when he finally does, itand#8217;s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Roseand#8217;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 doesnand#8217;t even stand a chance.andlt;BRandgt;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp;andnbsp; Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Julietand#8217;s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Roband#8217;s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it endsand#8230;.
"History forgot Rosaline, the girl Romeo loved before Juliet, and the clever premise of this underdeveloped but still satisfying romance is an updated imagining of Rosaline's story. Rose Caplet lives next door to Rob Montag, her male best friend who becomes something more as they begin senior year at their posh Southern California private school. But then Rose's estranged cousin, Juliet, and her family move back to town, and Rob is instantly smitten. The cousins were close before their families had a falling out for reasons Rose later discovers, and Rose is devastated by Juliet's betrayal. Serle's debut mirrors the plotting of the original play, but events are filtered through Rose's perspective, with Rob and Juliet kept at a distance. Tapping into familiar Shakespearian devices, Serle places Rob and Juliet in a school production of Macbeth; Rose's role as a stagehand enables her to eavesdrop on their stormy interactions. Though Rob and Juliet are disappointingly one-dimensional, Rose's pain and growth feel legitimate, and her love interest, Len, is distinctive. But it's Rose's longtime friendship with girlfriends Charlie and Olivia that form the heart of the story. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Mollie Glick, Foundry Literary + Media. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Joe has gone to live with his dad, leaving behind his beloved pet rabbit. Anna, Tom, and Suzanne try to look after it for him, but when the rabbit becomes ill, they’re convinced it’s because the rabbit is missing Joe. Now Joe is sick too. The girls are certain that both Joe and the rabbit will die unless they are reunited soon....But can Anna, Tom, and Suzanne pull off The Great Rabbit Rescue in time?
What if the greatest love story ever told was the wrong one?
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Rebecca Serleandlt;/bandgt; is a full-time writer, which means she gets to wear pajamas to work. She went to the University of Southern California, then got her MFA from the New School in NYC. (She likes New York much more than LA, but don't tell anyone that.) Rebecca loves shiny hair, coffee, yoga, and pretending to be British. She, too, experienced heartbreak once. It worked out okay, though, because she turned the experience into her first novel, andlt;Iandgt;When You Were Mineandlt;/Iandgt;. Find out more at RebeccaSerle.com.
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