Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

Characters: 18/20
Plot: 17/20
Originality: 19/20
Writing: 18/20
Recommendation: 19/20
Overall: 91/100 or A
Source: Publisher
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.
I really loved this book! Bronwen is extremely easy to relate to. Everyone feels out of place at times and wants to be someone else. I also loved that she was authentic and seemed like that girl that everyone knows. Jared was just wow! Seriously, he was so sweet and thoughtful. Bronwen and Jared's relationship made sense and kept me reading. The plot was adorable, but at the end, it seemed a bit rushed. I found this book to be very original. McCahan is a lovely writer and I can't wait for more from her. This was a cute book, with some substance. I would recommend this book to fans of Sarah Dessen and the Jessica Darling series.

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