Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Book Tour Review: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

Title: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else
Author: Erin McCahan
Published: 2010
Source: Received for Review


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. (taken from

This was such a wonderful, refreshing read. Bronwen is a teenage girl struggling to find her voice while dealing with the pressures of a committed relationship and her family. Every teenage girl wonders who she "really is." McCahan delves into this confusing time in every young woman's life and brings to life a heartwarming tale of first love and self-discovery. 

McCahan's characters have so much personality. I couldn't help but laugh and cry along with them. Jared (a.k.a. Bronwen's fiancée) is amazing. He's sweet, sensitive, devoted, everything I look for in a guy. I'll admit it, I squealed like the teenage girl that I am when he proposed to Brownen. 

Still, I thought Brownen was too young to get married. I was glad that she had some doubts and didn't just throw herself into the wedding without considering the consequences. Brownen's thoughts were in sync with mine, most of the time. 

I loved the ending. Absolutely loved it. It had such a hopeful tone. After I finished the novel, I was staring out of my window and thinking about the future. There was no definite happy ending, which actually fit the story. The story left me dreaming about the possibilities. 

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling in my heart and a smile on my face. McCahan writes of morals and challenges that we all face, and she took me on an emotional roller coaster that I won't soon forget. I'll definitely be looking into any other works that this impressive debut author might release. 

*I received this novel from Scholastic Publishing in exchange for an honest review.