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I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

October 8th, 2010 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: June 1, 2010

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars

Description from Seventeen-year-old Bronwen Oliver doesn’t just want a family. She has one of those, and there’s nothing terribly wrong with them apart from bickering grandparents, an image-obsessed mother and a brother she describes simply as Jesus. But there’s no natural sense of connection between Bronwen and her family, leaving her with the belief — and the hope — that she was switched at birth, that she was never supposed to be Bronwen Oliver but someone else entirely.

When she begins dating college senior Jared Sondervan, she finds herself thoroughly embraced by the loving family she has always wanted and does not hesitate to say yes when Jared proposes on her 18th birhday. Plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her junior year of college become plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her freshman year of college. And a wedding so soon isn’t exactly what Bronwen wants. But Jared is. And his family is. Or so she thinks.

Before Bronwen can determine what she truly wants, she must first determine who she truly is, and the answer, she discovers, is only partially what she thought it was. She wasn’t switched at birth, but she’s also not Bronwen Oliver and hasn’t been for a very long time.

I thought this was a charming story and I loved Jared and his family.  I could see why Bronwen thought of them as the perfect family that she has always wanted.  Jared was a sweetheart and had a quirky sense of humor that quickly endears him to both Bronwen and the reader.  The only odd thing I found was the fact that a junior in college would have randomly taken such an interest in a high school senior even if he was a friend of her older brother.

As for Bronwen, at first the whole idea that she created a new identity for herself and an imaginary family that she believed she really belonged to seemed strange to me and a bit overboard.  However, as you read further and see more of how her mother treats her and how different the family was before her father died I began to empathize with her.  She, her mother and brother all dealt differently with the death of their father/husband and none of them ever really confronted how they felt and instead buried it inside themselves.  I loved Bromwen’s step-father, Whitt, and it broke my heart as Bronwen told the story of wanting him to officially adopt her.

The chemistry between Jared and Bronwen is sizzling and they go through a whirlwind romance.  I loved the way McCahan handled the relationship as she slowly reveals the cracks as the two are confronted with the reality of marrying so young.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I only wish there had been a bit more of resolution in the relationship between Bronwen and her mother.  Still a wonderful read.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Romance, Young Adult

8 Responses

  1. Caitie F

    I just read this last week and thought it was a fun, light read. I loved Whitt and hated her mother for what she did back when Bronwan was 13. . . she completely ruined her daughter by lying to her!

    I love it when other people review what I just read! It is always interesting to see what other people picked up on and thought stood out!

  2. Nina

    I love the cover of this book, and that’s why it got my attention. I probably will be reading this, as it does sounds like a great read. The romance between the couple and how they cope with marrying so young sounds very interesting to read. Great review!

  3. Mrs. DeRaps

    I just started reading this book last night. I was so tired that I just couldn’t get into it, but I will try again. Thanks for the review!

    Here from the Saturday Situation.

  4. Betty McB

    here from Saturday Situations
    read this book as an ARC last summer.
    Was hard to start, then ended up enjoying it.
    Good review.

  5. dsuzuki

    Caitie-I could not believe her mother! That was so wrong.
    Nina-I hope you enjoy it!
    Mrs. DeRaps-ope you like it more the second time around.
    Betty- thanks for stopping by.

  6. brandileigh2003

    This sounds like a great read. I like the premise and you make it sound like it was carried out well. Thanks for the review.
    Visiting from Saturday Situation!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  7. Michelle

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one, I fell in the middle. I thought it was slightly unrealistic that Bronwen and Jared would get engaged as quickly as they did. Despite the familial longings on her part and the answer to that provided on his it felt a bit off for me. Like you I would have liked to have seen a bit more exploration of Bronwen’s own familial relationships.

  8. dsuzuki

    Thanks for stopping by brandileigh!
    Michelle-yeah that was hard to believe but the whole situation was kind of weird.

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