I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

Details: Hardcover, 272 pgs.
Published: June 1st, 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books
isbn: 0545088186 (ISBN13: 9780545088183)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Received From: Won in a contest 
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. 

My Thoughts:
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.

I definitely recommend!  I give it 4/5 moons.
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