Review: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

Posted April 2, 2015 by valeranne in Reviews / 2 Comments

Review: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

by Erin McCahan
Published on June 1st, 2010
by Scholastic
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Romance, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Love and Other Foreign Words, Love and Other Foreign Words

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 proposes marriage, she joyfully accepts. But is Jared truly what she needs? And if he's not, she has to ask: What would Phoebe Lilywhite do?


5 Stars

ERIN MCCAHAN, PEOPLE! ERIN MCCAHAN. She can write about anything, anything! A wedding in YA? Nope… *sees author is Erin McCahan* I MEAN YES! Because she’s that good. SHE’S THAT GOOD. She did this so well and I broke down, humans, just broke down.

It’s just a freaking beautiful story. It’s beautiful.

If you recall, my first review as a reviewer here was Love and Other Foreign Words, Erin’s second novel that I wholeheartedly loved, so I needed to read her first novel. I have to admit that I’ve been putting this book off because A) a wedding? in YA? and B) once I read it, I’d have no new Erin McCahan books (for hopefully only a year). I finally decided that it was time to start it and I remembered all the elements that I loved about Erin’s writing. In my LaOFW review, I mentioned that she redefines the contemporary young adult genre and she did it again; she takes what is normal and makes it uniquely beautiful. 

This story is about Bronwen, a girl who is convinced that she was switched at birth because there is just no way that she actually belongs in her family; she is brunette (though she dyes it blonde), she hates ketchup (and is repeatedly offered ketchup), and she isn’t perfect (unlike her brother who she refers to as Jesus). She wants a Real Family but she hasn’t had that since her father died and the family cracked. Erin puts a new spin on the storyline that we’ve grown accustomed to (MC doesn’t belong) and it is done wonderfully. 

This book is about Bronwen finding where she belongs and IT IS STINKING BEAUTIFUL, PEOPLE! She has always wanted to be a part of something and after meeting Jared, she found a place and a family to belong in. It’s amazing and sweet but you know what they say, you can’t love someone else until you first love yourself. In this case, she couldn’t fully join Jared’s life until she figured out her own world first.

Tears. Oh boy, there were tears. I, at one point, was as sad as I was (and am every year when I rewatch it) when Pacey and Joey break up (my OTP to top all OTPs forever and ever amen) which is a big deal. A BIG DEAL.

It’s short (like 250 pages) but everything flowed and made perfect sense, it never felt cramped or rushed. Honestly, it couldn’t have been done any better. 

I know that lots of people run from weddings in YA (and I would urge you not to, it’s worth it) but somehow it all worked, it all made sense. I understood every decision that Bronwen made and I never thought that she was crazy or stupid; her character was developed in a way that that was possible. 

To sum up my boldedness and capitalizations, just read it. It’ll be worth it.

About Erin McCahan

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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2 responses to “Review: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

  1. Liza

    I’m happy that you loved this one too Valerie. I haven’t read either book by McCahan, but I do have Love and Other Foreign Word and I hope to read it soon!

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