I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

by Erin McCahan

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Here Comes the Bride -- If She Can Pass Chemistry. Seventeen-yaer-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 cold, manipulative mother, distant stepfather, and good-for-nothing brother: Bronwen must have been switched at birth, and she can't wait to get back to her real family. Then she meets Jared. He's sweet, funny, everything she wants - and he has the family Bronwen has always wanted too. When he proposes fourth months after they meet, she says yes. But as the wedding day approaches, Bronwen begins to wonder if Jared is truly what she needs. And if he's not, she has to ask: What would Phoebe Lilywhite do?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545283137
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,049,583
File size: 344 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Erin McCahan is an Ohio-dwelling, unabashedly Styx-loving, full-time writer who enjoys a variety of hobbies, excluding role-playing, sticky things, and karaoke. She lives in New Albany, near Columbus, with her husband.

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I Now Pronounce You Someone Else 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 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!
sithereandread on LibraryThing 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.
AnnaKay21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
So at first I had no idea what I was going to think of this book. But things ran into high gear after the first chapter and did not let up until the end! I was really shocked at how much I loved this book. It is not just a romance like the description might suggest on the surface of things. Bronwen has REALLY deep-seated family issues and feels shut out emotionally and disconnected from her brother and her mother. She was really close to her Stepdad for the first five years after he married her mother and actually thought of him as her father. But due t miscommunications and heavy silences that relationship has broken down a lot as well. Bronwen really is in love with Jared, but because of the way her family life is, she goes rushing headlong into the relationship and losing herself inside of it. I won't give away the ending, suffice it to say that things do magically get 'all better' and end with a neatly tied up happily ever after. But they do end in a way that is true to real life and this scarily believable story. I am now in love with this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a swoony romance, major family drama and an awesome heroine.
fayeflame on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Rating 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.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
17-year-old Bronwen Oliver operates under the theory that she was probably switched at birth. That explains why she is unlike the rest of her perfect, golden family. In the life she was supposed to have lived, her name is Phoebe Lilywhite, and she and her parents have an amazing relationship because they are just like her.However, her Phoebe Lilywhite days get put on the wayside when she starts dating college student Jared Sondervan. Jared is charming, kind, funny, sweet¿and best of all, he has a great family that she fits right into. Then Jared asks her to marry him. At first, Bronwen is ecstatic. Finally she has the chance to fit in with the family she has always dreamed of. But as the wedding date approaches, she starts to doubt if marriage is really what she wants.I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU SOMEONE ELSE is the perfectly light yet fulfilling read for the reader who¿s in between the teenage and adult years. It is endearingly thoughtful, with memorable characters and a modern humorous sensibility.Erin McCahan¿s writing is bright and witty, reminiscent of a more succinct version of Meg Cabot¿s. Bronwen wastes no words with her narration, instead providing us just enough to get the picture, get her tone, and focus more on the story and characters. Bronwen's intelligence, irreverence, and simultaneous disenchantment and idealism about family and love made her a unique YA character that I didn't want to look away from.The strength of I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU SOMEONE ELSE lies in its characters. Debut author Erin McCahan uses the simplest of dialogue to create differentiated and well-rounded characters without the dose of melodrama that YA contemporary fiction sometimes has. This means that, no matter how far-fetched the plot might get (Bronwen IS muleheadedly determined that she is not related to her family, after all), we are still charmed and want more of Bronwen, Jared, Jared's family, Bronwen's family, and all others.I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU SOMEONE ELSE is a delightful contemporary read with a surprisingly strong amount of depth and feeling to it. I know for sure that this is one book I'll be returning to when I'm in the mood for a not-so-ordinary tale of romance and growing up!
ericajsc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book just makes me happy! It's the kind of book that makes me want to frolic through a meadow and do some Sound of Music-style twirling. Bronwen is so real that she jumps off the page. She is entirely ordinary, and that's what makes her extraordinary for me. She¿s a mix of knowing what she wants and wanting to please other people, which can be difficult to balance when writing a character that is actually lovable and not flat.McCahan did a superb job of allowing the reader to watch Bronwen and Jared falling in love. The pacing and voice combine well to see a definite connection between the two without it becoming either sappy or verbose. At the same time, though, there are definite bumpy parts and red flags in their developing relationship, and McCahan brings up these issues without it feeling clunky. Although an older guy dating a high school girl can sometimes make me feel uncomfortable, I wasn't as bothered by it as I originally thought I would be when I realized Jared's age. I think the difference in age between Bronwen and Jared works perfectly for the story, but I did find it a little odd that no parents even mentioned age until they started talking about getting married. Only then do they say anything about their ages, and that's to point out that they are young. Even if they thought the older boyfriend, who they¿ve known forever because of family connections, was the nicest, most responsible guy in the world, most parents I know would still be wary of letting their teenage daughter date him. Bronwen would not have listened to them even if they had raised an objection - though I'm not saying that they needed to object altogether - and it seems that, since she already had a strained relationship with her mom and stepdad, this would only further prove that point. I get that they aren¿t really a part of her life, but they do talk.Probably one of my favorite ideas to explore in writing is the idea of what makes a family. While I think it is all kinds of fun to read two people falling in love, it is the familial aspect of the story that makes me love this book so much! You kind of see where it¿s going, but that plot thread is not completely predictable and cheesy. I don't think that I've ever read a book that deals with the family issues in this one in the same way.In this book, two people fall in love, and it¿s real and meaningful and not a fling. It takes hard work and sacrifice to stay together, though, and sometimes wanting something real isn¿t enough to keep it. This story explores these deeper issues of true love while managing to keep readers entertained.
Euphoria13 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seventeen-year-old Bronwen Oliver believe's that she was switched at birth because of how odd she feels within her family. There is nothing about her that resembles anyone in her family. Her physical appearance, attitude-Nothing. So the only logical answer to this is the theory of being switched at birth. Thus she creates her somewhat alter-ego, Phoebe Lilywhite. Phoebe is the daughter of the Lilywhite family, where she inherited her brown hair, her love for Jounalism, and even the shape of her teeth.After breaking up with her boyfriend on Prom Night, Bronwen ends up meeting Jared, an old friend of her older brother. What at first seems to be a friendly encounter, turns out to be a life changing moment for Bronwen. After many dates and conversations she ends up falling in love with Jared. Apart from her relationship with Jared, Bronwen also develops a close relationship with his family. Every time she's with them she feels like she's at home, no longer the odd one. So what more could make life for Bronwen perfect? Jared asks Bronwen to marry him and Bronwen happily says Yes! They agree on being engaged but that they will marry sometime in the future. But "the future" ends up being August of next year. Now Bronwen has more on her plate then what she thought. Plans of the wedding are hectic and her plans of going to college may end up changing for the sake of Holy Union. Being in love, engaged, and young may seem amazing but the question is: Is Bronwen ready to make the commitment? I Now Pronounce You Someone Else was an interesting book to read. I laughed and cried while reading this refreshing young adult story. I wasn't to keen on the idea of a seventeen year old being engaged but Erin McCahan sure pulled it off nicely with the way she wrote out Bronwen's story.
galleysmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Muted, understated, quiet ¿ all adjectives I would use to describe I Now Pronounce You Someone Else. The story of one young girl¿s struggle to find where she fits in. What was interesting and unique about this was it wasn¿t the typical fitting in amongst the different cliques at school, it was where she fit in with family.Filled with plot elements that were profoundly emotional and deeply influential, this is an excellent book to fit into a teen reader¿s life. Touching on such serious and interesting subjects as maintaining virginity until marriage and the loss of a beloved parent, the infusion of each into the other was mostly well done though not without some shortcomings.Focusing first on what worked well, I found the use of the virginity issue as a catalyst for larger issues to be the most effective. Bronwen valued her virginity and held true to her morals. She didn¿t allow it to become what defined her, it was merely just a single aspect of her life. Not to mislead you, this element of the plot was not a huge focus of the overall story, but it was infused within that larger whole very well.The main focus of the story was on Bronwen¿s desire to be part of a perfect family. What makes this desire so heartbreaking is the fact that she had what she wanted most before her father¿s unexpected death. A strong bond between she and her dad, a loving and vibrant mother and fun and energetic brother. Then her father died and personalities changed while distance grew between she, her mother and brother.The strength of this story is in the characterization of Bronwen. In a circumstance where she could be a whiny shell of her former self, isolating herself from friends and family, she instead flourishes in school and in social situations. She even attempts to encourage and maintain a close family bond which later includes her step-father. Unfortunately, with family she becomes more introverted over time. Her mother becomes overbearing and controlling, her brother is more and more absentee and her step-father remains distant with her. then she finally meets Jared, and falls in love with him and his perfect family. The family she¿s always wanted.As a character Bronwenis quite complex ¿ an intelligent girl with deep feelings. Those feelings are explored primarily through her relationship with Jared, her betrothed. As wonderfully supportive as he is for her. They were quick to love and even quicker to be engaged so that was a bit disconcerting. From Bronwen¿s perspective it kind of made sense because she so desperately wanted the connection of family. From his, I couldn¿t quite get what the motivation was. Why he was so into her so quickly and then fell in love and proposed with equal speed.Bronwen also tended to be quite passive aggressive, particularly in her interactions with her step-father. While that behavior felt typical and understandable given her past, there was a real reason behind it which unfortunately we didn¿t learn about until much closer to the end of the story. What also made sense was the passive aggression Bronwen displayed when interacting with her domineering and controlling mother.Speaking of which, the character of Bronwen¿s mother was a blt too cliche for my liking. She was controlling in all the typical ways ¿ over Bronwyn¿s appearance, her social life, and who she dated. Given the loss of her husband and the changes in her family it certainly seems realistic to act out in this way. To grab hold of everything and control it so that it doesn¿t change. But it was tiresome and the woman was selfish and self-absorbed in all the wrong ways.I can¿t quite pinpoint my exact feelings about this book overall. It runs circles in my head a little. One day I really like it and the next I¿m kind of apathetic. I do think it was well written and I liked the overall plot and the takeaways we were to leave with. It¿s just that some of the execution made me waffle. So, in the end I do think it¿s wort
dukesangel002 on LibraryThing 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
ssalach21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'll start by saying I absolutely loved this book. I find that I don't often pick up contemporary books, but after reading this one I want to start reading more of them. It was a sweet and moving story about one girl finding love, life and finally finding out who she truly is. I loved Bronwen and her crazy ideas about being switched at birth. I like more that she finally grew up and ditched the idea and decided to actually find out who she really was as a person. While Jared didn't personally make me swoon, the romance that they shared certainly did. The progression of their relationship was heartwarming and I got sucked into the love that formed between them.As the story moved along I found that I couldn't set the book down because I wanted to see how everything would turn out. Not in a crazy deranged I had to know what happened way, but I genuinely wanted to see where the characters were headed and how the situations they were in turned out.I can say that the book ended perfectly for me and I was so glad how the author decided to bring things to a close. It was a great story of finding ones self and is something a reader of any genre can find themselves getting lost in, IMHO. At 272 pages, I finished it in two sittings, but in one day total. If you're looking for something light and sweet, then I definitely recommend this for you!
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Great book overall.
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