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Monday, November 1, 2010

Review: I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan

I Now Pronounce You Someone ElseReading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0545088186
ISBN-13: 978-0545088183
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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.

A resolution to this quandry just might be found in Jared Sondervan.  Bronwen bumps into the good-looking, college guy during the summer before his senior year of college.  Their attraction is immediate and it is soon apparent that Jared is the perfect boyfriend.  It doesn't hurt that he also comes from a perfect family.  In fact, just the kind of family that Bronwen had always dreamed of.  So, when Jared proposed on Bronwen's 18th birthday, she knew that all her dreams were coming true.  The only problem is that the closer her wedding day gets, the less sure Bronwen becomes.  Is she really ready for marriage or is she simply trading one identity crisis for another?

I really liked this book.  Bronwen, at 17, is a young woman who is a contrast in her own life.  On one hand she is very confident of the kind of girl she wants to be and things she wants to do.  She is willing to stand up for what she believes in regardless of who she has to stand up to.  On the other hand, she is very insecure in her identity within herself and her family.  These are things that I think every girl goes through.  I appreciated the fact that this isn't just a teen romance.  While there is a lot of teen romance within the story, the main theme is that it is important to find out who you are as a person and be happy with that.  Bronwen learns that a guy, no matter how perfect he and his family are, isn't necessarily the answer to a happy life.  I also like that the story doesn't end with a happy-ever-after wrapped up in a big bow ending.  Bronwen's life is still a work in progress but she is happy with the choices she has made.  And really, isn't that what we're all hoping for?

-Janeth (Andye's mom)

You might like to know:  This book has some cussing and some sexual dialog and make-out scenes.  For more information, go to I Now Pronounce You Someone Else on Parental Book Reviews.

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