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I Now Pronounce You Someone Else

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,552 ratings  ·  287 reviews
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 t

Hardcover, 258 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books
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Apr 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
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
Jan 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hannah
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
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 15, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Reading Teen
Oct 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

Jul 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Steph Su
Nov 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, debs10, new-adult
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
Cheryl Klein
Jan 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jessica Lawlor
Nov 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
Nov 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Valerie (Reader of books. Enthralled by Words.)

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
Sep 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-own-read
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
First Novels Club
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: donna, reviewed
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
Nov 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorite
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
May 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011, young-adult, loved
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
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
i picked this up when i realized it takes place in two locations i have called home: east grand rapids & holland, michigan. it's always fun to read about familiar streets, restaurants, and beaches.

unfortunately this book is not great. bronwen finds herself engaged at the tender age of 18 years and 5 minutes. but does she really want to go through college a married girl, or is she just hoping to join a new family? the problem is that her family wasn't that bad. sure, her mom was kind of weird
Amber  ~ The Reading Addict
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 03, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book in some ways felt more eerily real than other YA books I've read. The issues and struggles felt like something the author actually experienced. It's good but for a while also kind of heart wrenching to read about two sweet kids who really do love each other dash down a path that you know neither is ready for. Usually in books there is a "good" guy and "bad" guy but no one really fits that as everyone is just a little bit messy.

I appreciated that the author gave us a MC who wanted to wa
Jan 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
This has been on my to-read list for a while. It always sounded interesting, but I never got around to it.

There were some things about this book that I thought were surprisingly spot-on and unique. I mean, just the fact that it involves a real world couple planning on getting married before the girl has graduated high school is kind of unique itself. But the whole tone of the story felt different from a lot of books, even though it deals with the usual themes of being yourself, family, acceptanc
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
halfway through, I was always anticipating what possible conflicts might happen.. i mean the series of events were too good to be true! and Jared was too perfect of a guy.. it's already a given that books should have challenges to overcome so as i was reading it, even if I was dreading it, I always had that gut feeling that this wouldn't go the way they've planned.. and I was right!!! and I totally understood why the author had to go that route. i mean it's much more realistic. marrying at 18 is ...more
Aug 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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