I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

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by Erin McCahan

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The teen-girl fascination with weddings comes to fiction in this hilarious debut, as 17-year-old Bronwen Oliver plots her escape from her family . . . by marrying into someone else's.

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.


The teen-girl fascination with weddings comes to fiction in this hilarious debut, as 17-year-old Bronwen Oliver plots her escape from her family . . . by marrying into someone else's.

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 he

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Offering sharp wit and plenty of romantic interludes, first-time author McCahan captures the excitement and panic of a teenage girl on the fast track to becoming Mrs. Somebody. Seventeen-yearold Bronwen Oliver doesn't feel like she belongs in her family (she entertains escapist fantasies in which she discovers she was switched at birth and is really "Phoebe Lilywhite"). Her mother adores Bronwen's overachieving college-age brother, and neither of them like to talk about the past. When an old acquaintance, Jared, re-enters Bronwen's life and sweeps her off her feet, Bronwen thinks she's finally found someone to whom she can relate. And she's soon confident that she fits into Jared's world better than she fits into her own. On her 18th birthday, Jared presents her with an engagement ring. After readily accepting his proposal, Bronwen is on cloud nine until realities about potential married life bring her crashing back down. Told in lively first-person narrative, this intelligent romance teaches a hard but relevant lesson about living dreams and letting them go. Ages 12-18. (June)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Bronwen Oliver has spent most of her life convinced she was switched at birth. After all, she isn't blond, she detests ketchup, and she has no desire to be Homecoming Queen. She is so convinced that she belongs to another family that she invents an alter ego, Phoebe Lilywhite, her "true self." Her friend Kirsten even calls her Pheebs. She's having coffee with Kirsten the day after prom, explaining why she broke up with her boyfriend, when a stranger comes in and asks if she's Phoebe Lilywhite. He turns out to be Jared Sondervan, a high school friend of her older brother's, who remembers that she told him her Switched at Birth theory years before. So begins her relationship with Jared and his family—the kind of family she hasn't had since her father was killed in an accident when she was very young—and she finds herself becoming someone else: not Bronwen, not Phoebe, but "Us"—Bronwen and Jared. Fortunately, at the 11th hour, Bronwen realizes that she wants to find out who she is before she becomes Jared's wife. Lively and light, McCahan's novel covers that time period of high school and college when young adults try on and discard personalities in search of their true selves. It should appeal to fans of Meg Cabot and Maureen Johnson.—Suanne Roush, Osceola High School, Seminole, FL
Kirkus Reviews
A 17-year-old girl who suppresses her own desires to please others gets engaged to a wonderful guy. It doesn't sound like much of a problem, but it is, because, despite his wonderfulness, Bronwen isn't ready to get married. And although her boyfriend, Jared, is portrayed as being almost perfect, part of his charm lies with his family, a warm and affectionate unit Bronwen longs to be part of. This is because Bronwen struggles with her own, more distant clan: a disengaged brother, a mother who cares more about appearances than honesty and a stepfather who failed to adopt her as promised. In the course of the story Bronwen tastes true love, gets in touch with her feelings and breaks through to her family. It's a believable journey, though it's flatter than it should be, probably because the central romantic relationship is essentially dull and without conflict. The book finally catches fire during Bronwen's psychological crisis, at last engaging readers' feelings as the protagonist summons up the courage to express herself, leading to an emotionally satisfying resolution. "Finally" is the operative word, though. (Fiction. 12 & up)

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I Now Pronounce You Someone Else 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
ReadingAngel002 More than 1 year ago
I cannot begin to explain how much I enjoyed this book. I breezed through it in no time, and enjoyed every single page of it. This is a great tale of young love, coming-of-age, and discovering who you truly are. Erin McCahan managed to write a teen story that was thoughtful, meaningful, and full of fun, all at the same time. Browen is such a unique and fun character. She never really fit in with her family and would picture a fantastical family coming to claim her as her own. She even gave herself a fake name. When she meets Jared, they begin a whirlwind romance that was so sweet. Jared is a great male lead! So sweet, smart, and romantic. Any young girl would have fallen for him (I know I did!). I really felt connected to this book and the characters involved. Browen reminded me so much of myself when I was her age. I was engaged my senior year, with a wedding planned the same month as hers. All of her fears and doubts were ones that I had as well. I didn't have the family problems she had, but her love life was like a blast from the past. Overall this was a fantastic book that kept me engaged and excited to find out what would happen. The romance made my heart flutter and I completely fell in love with the characters. I can't wait to read more by Erin McCain and I recommend this book very highly
thebookscoop More than 1 year ago
The romance that blossomed between Jared and Bronwen was great. How freaking cute was Jared? Making their first kiss special? The phone calls? Man, I wanted Jared for my dang self, he was so adorable and the obstacles that they had to overcome were totally real obstacles, obstacles that I could relate and sympathize with. I admit that I got a little scared that the whole story was going to fall apart because with these kinds of stories, you know that the drama will hit you right between the eyes and when it did, I was ready for it and was able to breathe a sigh of relief that it wasn't forced. I thought McCahan did a fabulous job of reeling the reader in and making her fall in love with the characters in this story. You won't be able to help yourself, you're going to be rooting Bronwen and Jared on and when they go through the ups and downs of their relationship, you're going to feel it. You're going to rejoice and tear up and you're just going to love this book. It's a good book and you should definitely pick this up because it's a darn good book. Kudos to Erin McCahan for penning a wonderfully romantic story that lovers of reading will enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book I read it in two days didnt want to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was soooo great! When their marriage fell apart, in my mind I knew that they would be back together someday but then i looked down and it was on page 162 of 174, so i was getting worried that they wouldnt repair their relationship. But, just in time as always, they found a middle ground. And Jared was the SWEETEST boyfriend!!!!
Maddie Neils More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was so well written that i could be Bronwen. I cried when she did. I laughed and smiled when she did. I felt like i could be her. I wish that there was more!!
whitney hurtado More than 1 year ago
I couldnt stop reading it, made me laugh and wish it was my life not hers. Made me cry felt like i was the one that got dumped such a great book!!
Storm1996 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books i've read like, ever! if you love romance comedy and a little bit of drama this book is definately for you !!! It's a must read!
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Great book overall.
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RTeenbookworm More than 1 year ago
rated 4.5 of 5 stars I Now Pronounce You Someone Else wow i loved this book, so fun and witty. Bronwen is a fantastic character, she know what she wants in life, which makes her so confident & fun. She has hidden depths that you don't discover until later on in the story. Despite the fluffy exterior of this novel, Erin tackles some serious issues and she does it tactfully and full of grace. If you can make it past Bronwen's tell of being switched a birth... (which I found to be personally hilarious) you are in for a witty read! I loved Bronwen's best friend Kirsten.I love seeing strong positive friendships in young adult literature. And Bronwen's relationship with her parents was something that I'm glad Erin touched on as well. I know as a teen I always assumed my parents just didn't get it. Bronwen's mother never really grieved for her last husbands(Bronwen's Father) death, i think B really needed some closure with her mother to know that's its alright and everything is going to be fine. Her mother kind of created this picture perfect scene and B's brother was like "Jesus" to them(which I thought was pretty funny)..."he did this, he does that" the guy is a golden child. Bronwen's relationship with Jared was so sweet and adorable. First off, Jared had me at HEllO lol. I love how their relationship developed it wasn't like lust at first sight, it took time the way that most romantic relationships happen in the real world. Jared is definitely the perfect boyfriend and totally swoon worthy! Overall, this book is so good. It's a story about discovery, about how our decisions effect everyone around us and the power of love.
Candacemom2two More than 1 year ago
This book was a lot of fun, but it also was a great book about family, friends and relationships. One thing that really stood out for me was the tone. The book felt like an adult book to me though it didn't have any adult themes or anything. It was just the tone. Bronwen felt like an adult I guess. That's not a negative, it's just something that really stood out to me. It was actually refreshing to not be annoyed with a character the entire time. I think the book brings about some important subjects. First of all Bronwen refuses to sleep with a guy before she's married. She sticks by this rule of hers and she's headstrong in believing what she believes. The other point is marriage when your still young. Although Bronwen thinks she wants to get married, have a regular, normal family, she realizes she also wants to be young, have fun, live in a dorm, and be herself before she's an 'US'. I think that this is an issue for a lot of young girls. They really want to be married, but yet they want to have a college life. So they have the hard decision of choosing. Although Bronwen doesn't always make the best decisions and isn't as open about things as she should be, she's a very realistic and likable character. I think that the way everything played out was very realistic. I also thought that even though Bronwen always complained about her family communicating, she had her own issues with it as well. She had a hard time with it and maybe wasn't as different from her mother as she thought. I loved the romance in this book. It was realistic (for a new relationship) and uncomplicated. The guy wasn't a jerk and didn't do weird things or toy around with her. It was sweet and real and you couldn't help but root for them. Bronwens mother wasn't a completely likable person, but it was clear she loved her daughter. She just didn't know how to deal with things or let things go. Her step father was great and I thought their relationship really added to the story. I loved her quirky family. I mean outside of her mother, stepfather and brother. They were crazy and quirky and a lot of fun. We didn't see them much, but she talked about them a lot and it was funny. I also have a crazy family and I could completely see the Thanksgiving scene clear as day! This is a book that may open some girls eyes. Not only in the sense of marriage, but in relationships with your family and friends as well.
Sam-and-grace-4eva More than 1 year ago
Just like the headline says, this book is just like an $18.00 trip to dineyland without all of the travling expenses. I actually meant that in a good way. When I first got this book I had absolutly no idea what it was about. As soon as I started reading this book I couldn't or wouldn't put it down. I loved the book so much that I read it all in just one day. That is how good it is. The reason why I say this book is like a trip to disneyworld is because it is an emotional hurricane. From the main girl thinking she doesn't belong with her family, to wanting to tear her mother to shreads, from hating her boyfriend, to lovig her brothers friend, to having a MAJOR fight with her friend. At the beginning I was laughing my head off, during the middle I was almost suspensful, and while I was reading the ending I couldn't stop crying my eyes out of their sockets. I would definatly recomend this book to teenage girls from the ages of 13-17. I am definatly going to read other boos that come out by this author. This book is so god that I am hoping for a sequal.
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU SOMEONE ELSE, by Eric McCahan, quickly became one of my favorite contemporary fiction books of this year. I immediately fell in love with Bronwen. She was intelligent and a bit of a dreamer (not unlike myself). I could see where she mistook herself for being switch at birth and I laughed at the many situations that she concocted to explain who her family could really be. The relationship between Bronwen and Jared was straight out of a historical fiction. Jared was an absolute gentleman and did everything a perfect boyfriend should. The engagement was not rushed in my eyes, at least from his stand point. He was not unlike her and wanted to be an 'US' as soon as possible. I admit I fell for this perfect romance just like Bronwen did, but when paths for the future were being laid before her, she needed to take a step back and really think about where she wanted to be. McCahan weaved this beautiful love story about a girl who was anything but whole and pushed her to examine what she actually needed to become herself before being an 'US'. The ending was left open but leaves much room for interpretation and examination at its conclusion. I highly recommend this book, and I am excited to read more from this really talented author.
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acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
There were a few aspects I really enjoyed in the book. On the other hand, there was one major issue that kept me from enjoying the story more. One thing that this story did well was depict loss within a family. Bronwen's father died when she was a child, and it's fairly obvious to the reader that this loss still haunts the family. This loss wasn't dealt with in a healthy way, and there was a lot of healing that still needed to be done by the characters. I actually thought that this made the story more interesting. It made me feel some compassion for that characters that I didn't like (Bronwen's mother/brother). I also really liked Bronwen's stepfather. His character was always there for Bronwen, even though she tried to push him away. He lightened up some scenes with a wink, or a comment, and it was obvious that he knew her better than she knew herself. The love story between Bronwen and Jared was another aspect of the story that I enjoyed. Bronwen and Jared are both in different places in their lives, and I loved how both characters had to acknowledge that. I guess the major issue for me was that the ending felt lacking. I felt that the resolution of Bronwen's family issues should have just been...more. Family was one of the most important aspects in this book, in my opinion, and the issue seemed to be resolved too quickly. I think that this stems from Bronwen's mother, who was insufferable throughout the book. If I were her daughter, I'd have some deep-seated resentments that couldn't be solved without some therapy. I really enjoyed the first part of the book, but the ending was a disappointment for me. Nevertheless, I'll check out more from McCahan, because this book showed a lot of potential.
La_Femme_Readers More than 1 year ago
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else was an adorable love story about two people who deal with the struggles of pre-marriage. Bronwen was a quirky and sarcastic character. Their were times where she made me giggle and times where she frustrated me. She was definitely a complainer and very picky. Besides that, her personality kept me entertained throughout the book. Bronwen's family was out there yet, unique. Her mother was sort of like a Stepford wife. Everything had to be perfect and emotionless. She called her brother "Jesus" which I thought was pretty funny since, he can do no wrong. The only normal person in her household was her step-dad Whitt. They had their issues but I always felt he truly loved Bronwen unconditionally. All her life she daydreamed of a new family where she could fit in, until she met Jared. Jared was a charming and delightful young man. In my opinion, his personality and manners made him a candidate for a great boyfriend. They seemed to fit wholly together. Also, Bronwen enjoyed spending time with his family who were accepting and supportive. Their relationship overall did develop a bit fast, but it felt right. However, Bronwen's true emotions surfaced later on and she was stuck making a huge decision. The ending was interesting and I can understand why Erin concluded it that way. It was a cute book with realistic characters and issues on love and family.
Kapri More than 1 year ago
Bronwen was definatly a lovalbe character. She knew what she wanted, and she wouldn't let anyone get in the way of that. She kind of lost sight of it towards the end, but she quickly got back on track. Bronwena and Jared were incredibly cute together. Jared was very sweet and cute. I must say that their relationship moved way too fast, but this being just a light book, I'm not going to hold that against them. I wouldn't expect it to go into detail about how their relationship grew or anything. It was cute and sweet just the same.