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I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

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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

Hardcover, 258 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Favourite Quote: "And just the way he smiled - the kind of smile that exists only for you and anticipates the next good thing coming for you, or that whatever comes from you next is bound to be good - made my heart beat a little faster. Made my breath come a little quicker."

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else surprised me in a good way. I was just expecting a sweet love story, and that is amazing part of it, but it was also witty, funny and smart coming of age story.

Erin McCahan writing is fun and...more
What a perfect book to read around Valentine’s Day. I loved I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, but anyone who knows my reading style and what makes me squee, knows I’m a sap for this kind of stuff. I find it pretty, lovely and overall just beauteous!

The characters were great in this story. Bronwen really resonated with me. She’s sharp, funny, slightly broken and full of hopes and dreams. I respected her morals and how she stood by what she believed in. Grant it, it’s a bit unrealistic in today’s...more
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else is the story about Bronwen Oliver who has never felt that she fit in with her family.
Switched at birth. That must be it. These are not my people.
This is a story about being lost within yourself, found by the one that loves you, only to be lost in that love and then finally, finally finding that perfect moment where you know you truly belong...

I absolutely adored this book! Erin McCahan, pens a wonderful story written with so much passion and compassion, combinin...more
This is one of those books that I can really gush over for forever. It was sweet and endearing and just plain sweet. The story is about Bronwen and her life after her father past way some time ago. Her mom is pretty much nonexsistent. She only wants Bronwen to be polite and respectful of others no matter the cost to Bronwen. Whitt, Bronwen's stepdad, is there for as much as he can be even though she is holding onto a very big grudge. While dealing with her life she bumps into Jared, a friend of...more
Street Corner TBR Challenge #2 per Tina.
Ok, So I'm really glad you picked this Tina. This is one of those I might not have ever read. I tend to shy away from the "Chick lit"/Romantical fluff section but, I really, really enjoyed this one.

I must be turning into a sap! I had to wipe my eyes a couple of times while reading this.... bittersweet.

The Quick: (spoilers)
Bronwen meets Jared, they fall in love. He is practically perfect, she thinks. She is a senior in high school and he is graduating colle...more
When I started, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. The blurb intrigued me and sounded like something right up my alley. And after reading it, I’m glad to say I enjoyed it. If your looking for a coming of age story – which I found to be different from others I’ve read – why not give this a go!

I found I connected with Bronwen some, but not a heap. I think it would be impossible not to have some connection, just because of the story and everything that’s going...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
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 think the book's description is really the best one I can give:
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 hav
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 hi...more
I like this book. I will admit it wasn't exactly what I expected but I still like it. It was an enjoyable break from the catty, sex-crazed teen novels, or the teen vampire novels, or the dark, depressing, anguish-filled teen abuse novels that are in abundance. It isn't that these other books don't have a place but I frequently crave a book about a normal girl, with normal friends who isn't sleeping around, drinking, swearing, dressing like a vamp (or eating like one), and has normal dreams and a...more
Novel Novice
I confess, I was initially a wee bit disturbed by the concept of I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan. The book, after all, is about a girl who gets engaged while she’s still a senior in high school. And this was not a post-graduation, “I’ll marry you if you turn me into a vampire” type of engagement. (Which I can forgive, since I’m a sucker for those vampires. Pun intended.) Just humans. Just getting engaged.

But the way McCahan has written it, the premise totally and completely work...more
Reading Teen
Bronwen Oliver is a 17-year old girl with an identity crisis. She lives with her mother, step-father and sometimes her college aged brother in East Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her problem is that she doesn't feel that she fits in or belongs to anyone. Why had her beloved father died at such a young age? Why couldn't her mother accept her for who she was? What happened to the plan her step-father had to adopt her? All of these questions lead her to conclude that she must have been switched at birth.

Steph Su
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 intellige...more
Cheryl Klein
Mar 22, 2010 Cheryl Klein rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Sarah Dessen or Megan McCarthy
I love this book madly because it's both a good, hot, crunchy romance, with really strong characters on both sides and a believable pace to its events; and more than a romance -- more than just another book for teen girls with a cute guy and a pretty pink (blue) cover. It's about the joy, pain and importance of figuring out who you truly are, how the people around you support that, and what you need for yourself, especially in relation to them. It's also funny as hell, thanks to the Bronwen's fa...more
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else is one of the best YA chick-lit books that I have ever read. I absolutely adored everything about it and I can't stop thinking about it. It wasn't just your typical chick-lit story and I truly enjoyed that.

Bronwen Oliver is sure that she was switched at birth. Her family cannot possibly be related to her. She is way too normal for them. Her mother only cares about her image and Bronwen's image, her stepfather has no real connection to her, and her brother is neve...more
First Novels Club
McCahan is fabulous at writing characters. Fabulous. So whether or not you understand their point of view, you want to read about them. They pretty much leap off the page.

Bronwen's family is hilarious and heartbreaking. I can totally understand why Bronwen wants to become Someone Else, why she fantasized about being Phoebe Lilywhite. What I love about McCahan's portrayal of the Olivers is how NOT awful they are. They're flawed but aren't demonized, and though they're quirky, it never becomes car...more
Jan 03, 2011 K rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: library
This is the chick littiest YA book I’ve read. The cover and title are not tongue in cheek, this really is a YA story about marriage.

Bronwen lays out her switched at birth theory up front. She lists many glaring differences between her and the rest of her family. Her dad died when she was six and with him went her Real Mother and her Real Brother. She’s left with a perfect appearances mother, an absentee brother, and a stepfather who she keeps at arm’s length. When she starts dating Jared, she fa...more
Sep 12, 2010 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own

In my eyes, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else is the breakout hit of 2010. Because not only does it contain relatable, messed up, and funny main characters, it's witty, real, and contains writing similar to Dessen or Colasnati- a high regarded coming from me.

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else tells the tale of Bronwen Oliver, a girl who has never exactly been happy with the family she was given. This is where Phoebe Lilywhite comes in. Phoebe is who she truly is, in her opinion, the girl who...more
My Review:
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else is one of those ultimate Find Yourself novels, and I loved seeing Bronwen do that. Unlike a lot of novels where the main character is trying to find her way, Bronwen has a strength that is nothing short of admirable. She's funny, sarcastic, and definitely has a mind of her own. This makes her one of my favorite characters I've read in a long time.
Her relationship with Jared is beautifully realistic. Sure, they have their cute moments, but you're able t...more
Bronwen always felt so different from her mother, her stepfather, and her brother (the golden child) that she thought she might have been switched at birth. She knew this wasn't really true, but it was a fantasy that her 'real' family was out there and was more like her. In her senior year, she meets Jared, who is in college. They fall in love and before graduation, Jared asks Bronwen to marry him. Their parents are reluctant to accept the decision, and so do Bronwen's friends. When Jared pushes...more
I was tickled to death to discover this book is set in and around my hometown (Holland). It's been years since I've considered Holland home (four years of college in Ypsilanti, and then for the past two years I've been in New York City), but it was so fun to re-visit the area through Bronwen's eyes.

In many ways, this book is the antidote to many of the unrealistic romances that have been flooding the YA market over the last few years. Bronwen is absolutely head over heels in love with Jared, who...more
4.5 stars. This was such a sweet read and much more thoughtful than its fluffy cover would suggest (although definitely as fun and girly as the cover suggests). Bronwen is a high school senior who's always felt like she doesn't belong but can't figure out where she should be. When she reconnects with Jared, her older brother's friend who's at college nearby, the two of them fall in love and she feels like she's finally figured out where her life should be; after he proposes, she quickly says yes...more
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else tells the tale of Bronwen Oliver, a 17 year old girl who has nothing in common with her family. Ever since her father passed away, she has come to realize she is no longer close with anyone, especially not her brother, Peter, whom she refers to as 'Jesus'. And certainly not her mother, who is big on manners and applauds Bronwen when she tries to be polite by eating meat even though she is a vegetarian.

The story really picks up when Bronwen reunites with Jesus's...more
Jessica Lawlor
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan tells the story of Bronwen Oliver, a high school senior who just doesn’t fit into her own family. In fact, she’s convinced that she is really Phoebe Lilywhite, because her family just doesn’t understand her.

Bronwen’s dad died when she was young and her mom and brother were never the same after. Her mom re-married and although Bronwen likes her stepfather, it isn’t the same as having a real father.

During the beginning of her senior year, Bronwen me...more
I was very skeptical with this book during the first chapter because it was kind of confusing but when I got to Chapter 2 I was like "oh, gotcha".

Bronwen is a character that knows what she wants and is not wishy washy like some girls in YA novels. I think a lot of girls can relate to her situations in the book with her stepdad to her whirl win relationship with Jared. I notice at school that a lot of girls have rings that look like engagement ring. I think some relationships are meant to be and...more
Amber Skye
This was such a wonderful, refreshing read. Bronwen is a teenage girl struggling to find her voice while dealing with the pressures of a committed relationship and her family. Every teenage girl wonders who she "really is." McCahan delves into this confusing time in every young woman's life and brings to life a heartwarming tale of first love and self-discovery.

McCahan's characters have so much personality. I couldn't help but laugh and cry along with them. Jared (a.k.a. Bronwen's fiancée) is a...more
Why I read this: When I read the description for the book, I thought it sounded like a fun contemporary YA that I would enjoy.

Plot: True to the tone of a great contemporary novel, this was another book that tugged at my heart and while reading it, I really felt that I was the main character. I was just so involved in what she was thinking, going through and all of the fantastic emotions streaming through the novel. I cried when she cried, my heart skipped a beat when hers did and I just couldn't...more
What do you do when you find your true love at 18? Get engaged of course, barely 3 months into Senior year. But then, what do you do when you realize that before you become an US, you have to be a ME? It's one thing if you fall out of love, but what if you don't?

Bronwen must discover all of these things as well as come to terms with her past and the distance between her and her step-father, graduate high school, plan a wedding, and apply to college.

I loved, loved, loved this book. Couldn't put i...more
Michelle Sallay
Finally a YA book with a smart, but still flawed girl with some freaking values. Bronwen is witty and fun. I love that she is saving herself for marriage, that tidbit alone was so refreshing to me. She is so mature that you forget how young she is until of course she acts her age.

Honestly, this is the kind of book I wish I could write. McCahan's writing is so hilarious, honest and just delightful. The story is timeless with only a few references to pop-culture things like Facebook. Which means...more
Bronwen Oliver wants to someone else. She is so different from the rest of her family. She runs into Jared who is home from college. She is in her senior year of college and trying to be a friend, and figure out where she wants to go to college.

Jared is a friend of the family, and they start dating. It even leads to a marriage proposal. Bronwen starts questioning her choices , and there was a college room mate questionnaire that raised more questions , and her relationship with Jared.

Her mom w...more
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Erin McCahan's second novel, LOVE AND OTHER FOREIGN WORDS was optioned by Warner Bros. in a pre-empt. The novel will be released in English by Dial Books, May 1st, 2014. Also in 2014, it will be released throughout the world in 10 languages.

I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU SOMEONE ELSE, Erin's first YA novel, was a 2010 Cybils Finalist and a 2011 RITA Awards Finalist in two categories -- Best Young Adult Roma...more
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