Published By: Arthur A Levine Books
Year of Publication: June 1, 2010
Summary (from goodreads.com):
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?
Review: I read this book in one day, cause yes, it was that good.
Bronwen and Jared were both great characters. Neither of them were perfect, but that’s what made them so likable. I saw a lot of myself as a teenager in Bronwen. It was great to have such an authentic voice of a teen.
While I really liked Bronwen and Jared together, their relationship wasn’t always easy – as much as they might have liked to ignore that fact. I’m really glad with how it turned out in the end. It stayed true to the struggles that Bronwen had throughout the book, and it felt very real.
The story line between Bronwen and Whitt, her step dad was great. It wasn’t the usual ‘the stepdad is tolerable and in the background for the whole book’ kind of thing, there was actually a relationship there, that was really important to both Bronwen and Whitt. It was different from most other books that I’ve read with step parents in them.
Family was a great theme in this book. Erin was able to write about it without making it preachy or tacky – something that I think takes a lot of skill. When you’re talking about family, it’s easy to want to tie everything up perfectly, even if that’s not how it would happen in real life. But the author managed to avoid doing that. I still felt very satisfied with how things ended, but it felt real, instead of being wrapped up for the sake of the story.
If you’re looking for a quick read that also really well written, you won’t be disappointed with I Now Pronounce You Someone Else.
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Disclosure: I got this book from the library.