Thursday, November 04, 2010

Review: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

From Inside Jacket: 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 who has a small personality complex (he thinks he’s Jesus). Bronwen 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 Rating: 5 hearts 

Thoughts on the Novel: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan was such a delightful read! It’s poignant, witty and completely captures what it’s like growing up and trying to figure out your place in the world.

The cast of characters McCahan has created is also wonderful. Bronwen is a great narrator who is smart, funny and remains firm in her beliefs – a quality that I find sometimes seems to be lacking in female protagonists. I especially loved the fact that Bronwen was convinced that she was adopted since she looks or acts nothing like the rest of her family. Who hasn’t grown up and wondered “Am I actually related to these people” when thinking about their family?

Then, there’s Jared. Gorgeous and thoughtful Jared with his charming family not only captured Bronwen’s heart but mine as well. Jared and Bronwen’s relationship is adorable and even though their courtship is fast, it definitely didn’t feel like it!

An engaging novel that will earn some laughs (and maybe even tears), I Now Pronounce You Someone Else was released by Arthur A. Levine Books in June 2010.  
Comments About the Cover: The cover is simplistic but manages to catch the eye, and is what made me originally put the novel on my wishlist. Plus, it does a good job portraying that Bronwen is young and getting married because along with the title of the novel, there’s a stack of schoolbooks with a bouquet on top.

1 comment:

  1. Aww, this one sounds so sweet. I hadn't heard of this one. I can't tell you how many times I wondered if I'd been adopted. I mean, silly because I looked like my family members, but still. I think we all can't help but wonder. I'll definitely be looking into this one!


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