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Friday, June 11, 2010

Book Review: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Pages: 272
Source: Received from publisher for honest review

Summary: Here Comes the Bride -- If She Can Pass Chemistry. Eighteen-year-old Bronwen Oliver has a secret: She's really Phoebe, the lost daughter of the loving Lilywhite family. That's the only way to explain her image-obsessed mother; a kind but distant stepfather; and a brother with a small personality complex. Bronwen knows she must have been switched at birth, and she can't wait to get away from her "family" for good. Then she meets Jared Sondervan. He's sweet, funny, everything she wants -- and he has the family Bronwen has always wanted too. She falls head over heels in love, and when he proposes marriage, she joyfully accepts. But is Jared truly what she needs? And if he's not, she has to ask: What would Phoebe Lilywhite do?

My Review: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else was an adorable love story about two people who deal with the struggles of pre-marriage. Bronwen was a quirky and sarcastic character. Their were times where she made me giggle and times where she frustrated me. She was definitely a complainer and very picky. Besides that, her personality kept me entertained throughout the book. Bronwen's family was out there yet, unique. Her mother was sort of like a Stepford wife. Everything had to be perfect and emotionless. She called her brother "Jesus" which I thought was pretty funny since, he can do no wrong. The only normal person in her household was her step-dad Whitt. They had their issues but I always felt he truly loved Bronwen unconditionally.

All her life she daydreamed of a new family where she could fit in, until she met Jared. Jared was a charming and delightful young man. In my opinion, his personality and manners made him a candidate for a great boyfriend. They seemed to fit wholly together. Also, Bronwen enjoyed spending time with his family who were accepting and supportive. Their relationship overall did develop a bit fast, but it felt right. However, Bronwen's true emotions surfaced later on and she was stuck making a huge decision. The ending was interesting and I can understand why Erin concluded it that way. It was a cute book with realistic characters and issues on love and family.

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Author's Info:
Erin McCahan lives in Columbus, OH, with her husband of over 11 years, Tim. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else is her first young adult novel and first published novel in a writing career that spans 17 years and includes the standard miseries along the crooked path to publication -- rejection letters, tears, and the mistake of telling people she was writing novels. Erin is a member of Sons and Daughters in Touch, SCBWI, and Mensa, and she is also a certified Peer Mentor for an organization called TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors).

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Cleverly Inked said...

sounds great....Bit on the lighter side

Claire xx said...

What a great beach read!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

I agree, this seems like a really fun, light read! And, hm, Jared doesn't sound bad either... ;)

misskallie2000 said...

This sounds like a funny book and I love humor in my reading.

Mary not so Contrary said...

ooohhhh this one sounds like a good beach read!! Thanks for the great review. I now know what my first beach of the book is going to be. :)

Mary not so Contrary said...

beach of the book? I meant book for the beach is going to be. geez!

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