This month’s FYA Book Club selection is When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle. Check out the discussion questions below! (Slight spoilers ahead.)

P.S. If you’ve already read the book, feel free to add any other discussion questions of your own in the comments!


According to Charlie, it’s important to have a “seven.” From the book:

Another of Charlie’s theories is that it’s important to have “a thing.” It makes you stand out. She calls it your seven, because that’s her favorite prime number. Meaning it can’t be divided, just like the thing that makes you you can’t be separated. My seven is that I don’t drive. I mentioned to Charlie that that’s sort of a negative thing, but she just brushed me off. “It makes you stand out,” she said. “It’s awesome.”

So, what is your seven?


1. When you first saw or read Romeo & Juliet, did you think it was romantic or not? How has your opinion of this story changed as you’ve gotten older?

2. True or False: Charlie is a good friend.

3. At any point in the book, did you find Rob swoonworthy? Why or why not?

4. How amazing is Len?!!

5. Do you think Serle was successful in transforming Shakespeare’s play into a real and compelling contemporary story? Why or why not?

This post was written by a guest writer or former contributor for Forever Young Adult.