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I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

Posted by Caitie F on October 5, 2010

Title: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else
Author: Erin McCahan
Hardcover: 258 pages
Publisher: Arthur A Levine Books
ISBN: 9780545088183
Rating: ++++

Summary (from goodreads):

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.


This book is a cute, fun, and very fast read. It isn’t the best YA book out there and it doesn’t really tackle hard topics or have very good side characters, but if you are looking for a book that is light and enjoyable, you really should pick this up. After reading a few intense books about death and abuse lately, I needed something a little lighter.

But uh, another bitchy mother who doesn’t even try to get to know who her daughter is…AGAIN. I just want to smack these moms! They are so clueless and don’t even care. This mom was even worse because she completely lied to her daughter and let her believe that her step-father didn’t want her and ruined their relationship. She didn’t even think it was that big of a deal that she did it. It boggles my mind.

I did like the main character, even though she rushed into the “let’s get engaged and get married” WAY too fast. I knew it couldn’t work out because you don’t get engaged after being with someone for three months…when you are still in high school. I thought it was handled very well and had a great example of how you have to be able to compromise in relationships and do what is right for yourself sometimes.

I also like how sex was handled in this book. She was not going to have sex before she was married, but it wasn’t a religious thing and she wasn’t preachy about it, it was just something she wanted to share with her husband. My only issue was when she and Kristen were making fun of the girls that did have sex with her ex. It is a decision and just because they aren’t saving themselves, doesn’t mean she had the right to call them names. That said, the book wasn’t saying you need to wait too and it explained the reason for her decision really well.

I had fun reading it and it was exactly what I needed!

What are some of your favorite light and fun reads? Let me know in the comments so I can check them out!


4 Responses to “I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan”

  1. […] Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 46. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting 47. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan 48. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. […]

  2. This does sound like a fun read! A fun YA book is The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin.

  3. […] and the Princess by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 46. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting 47. I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan 48. The Dark Divine by Bree Despain 49. Friend is Not a Verb by Daniel Ehrenhaft […]

  4. Stretch said

    När PLO dominerade stödde Israel Hamas. Och när nu Hamas har stöd av de flesta palestinier stödjer Israel i stället PLO. Demokrati är något som patnelieisrna själva måste utveckla. Men att en annan stat kontrollerar Gazas gränster, luftrum och kust underlättar knappast. Bästa sättet att slå ett slag för demokratin vore att häva blockaden.

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