Friday, June 18

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

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.
My Review:
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else is one of those ultimate Find Yourself novels, and I loved seeing Bronwen do that. Unlike a lot of novels where the main character is trying to find her way, Bronwen  has a strength that is nothing short of admirable. She's funny, sarcastic, and definitely has a mind of her own. This makes her one of my favorite characters I've read in a long time. 
Her relationship with Jared is beautifully realistic. Sure, they have their cute moments, but  you're able to see faults in them individually, as well as them as a couple. One of those major faults being that Bronwen is able to take one of the biggest of jumps (saying 'I love you'), but not open up about the smaller things (telling him she's a vegetarian). Just  reading their interactions was fantastic.
There were a few subplots in the novel, One of which that deals with the death of Bronwen's father. While it happened a few years ago, Bronwen and her family are still learning how to deal. McCahan did a beautiful job of tying this in with what's happening with Bronwen now, years later. This, for me, really helped make the book what it is.
My Rating:
Delightfully original mixed with familiar themes.
Characters: A
Loved how realistic the characters were.
Cover Art:A
So fabulous! It's what made me pick it up in the first place!
Length: B
A little long, but the ending was fantastic!!
A fantastic read, I give I Now Pronounce You Someone Else:

Five Stars!
I Now Pronunce You Someone Else is available now!


Anonymous said...

This book looks super good! I've heard a lot of great things about it! Thanks for the great review!!!

Emidy said...

Hey, I'm stopping by from the Hop!
I've never heard of this book before, but it sounds like a good one. Realistic, too!
Enjoy your weekend.

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