I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Goodreads Description
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 heproposes 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:

Favourite Quote: "And just the way he smiled - the kind of smile that exists only for you and anticipates the next good thing coming for you, or that whatever comes from you next is bound to be good - made my heart beat a little faster.  Made my breath come a little quicker."

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else surprised me in a good way.  I was just expecting a sweet love story, and that is amazing part of it, but it was witty, funny and smart coming of age story.

Erin McCahan writing is fun and simple but at the same time has depth.  I think it is because Bronwen has a strong and geniune narrative.  It is easy to connect with her as a character and understand and feel what she is going through.  Bronwen is dealing with the pressures of first love, family, school, getting into college, friendships and trying to make it all work together.  

Jared, what a sweetheart.  He is kind of the perfect boyfriend.   Their romance develops so slowly at first, McCahan had me on the edge of my seat waiting for it to happen. And when it finally did it was one of the most beautiful first kisses I have ever read.    I had to read re-read it a few times (well, I am a romantic sap!).

Bronwen also has a quite a few family issues to deal with.  Like a mother she never seems to please, a wonderful stepdad who she thinks doesn't want her as a daughter and a brother who is 'Jesus'.  McCahan deals with these issues in a believeable way.  She doesn't iron out the details so everything end perfectly but rather makes something the family has to works at. 

Overall, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else is an impressive novel that shouldn't be missed.

Overall Rating: 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Characters: 5/5
Romance: 4/5
Cover: 4/5

Recommend for fans of :  The Dairy Queen series, North of Beautiful and Twenty Boy Summer

For more reviews: Not Enough Bookshelves

For More Info: Erin McCahan's website

11 comments:

Misha said...

Coincidentally I came upon this book on Goodreads today. It sounds like a fun read! Thanks for another awesome review and for adding to my TBR! ;)

Alexa said...

Great review, it's definitely Bronwen who makes the story, she was so easy to connect with.

I love the recommend for fans bit, that's new right? Such a good idea. And thanks for the link :)

Teddyree said...

This sounds sweet, I love it when authors make characters so relatable.

Melissa (i swim for oceans) said...

I love how sweet and fun this sounds. While it's not normally what I'd read, I'm adding it to my list thanks to your great review! :)

Jenny said...

I'm such a romantic sap too Nic! I get the butterflies reading about first love so now I'm very much looking forward to this first kiss you speak of:) I like that family plays a big part of that as well, parents and siblings are surprisingly absent from a lot of YA books.

Andrea said...

This sounds so cute! I've read the Dairy Queen Series and Twenty Boy Summer so I'll definitely have to give it a try. :)

A Canadian Girl said...

I loved this book! Jared was such an amazing guy and Bronwen was a loveable MC.

Rachel said...

This sounds like a great read! A relatable protagonist can make or break a story, and it sounds like this author got it right. This book definitely sounds like something I would like, I'll have to check it out.

(Btw, thanks for the welcome post on my blog. I really appreciate it!)

Small Review said...

This one sounds cute. I've heard so many positive reviews, I just might have to check it out.

Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

i've read so many positive stuff on this so it's definitely on my wishlist. i do wish the cover was nicer though :p thanks for the review!

Jenny N. said...

I thought at first that this would bea fun, mindless read so was suprised that Bronwen had some series things to consider and decisions to make. Thanks for the review!

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