Saturday, July 10, 2010
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else is a lot of different things at once: humorous, sad, heartbreaking, romantic. Bronwen is a smart and upbeat character, but her home life is less than perfect, making Jared akin to her savior and the rest of the Sondervans appear perfect. The chemistry between Bronwen and Jared is hard to resist, and their romance is definitely one of the best parts of the story, and as their relationship blossoms, Bronwen begins to feel comfortable as herself and her confidence grows. Though you are continuously rooting for them, once the couple decides to get married the summer after Bronwen graduates, their decision changes their relationship, and it becomes evident that they are both sacrificing their dreams and individuality for the sake of being together.
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else is a bit of a cautionary tale as it demonstrates to readers that ignoring the real problems, like Bronwen's pent-up feelings toward her stepfather, and her family's lack of communication, can have adverse affects on the rest of your life as well. McCahan handles all of these issues quite well though, and though the ending doesn't leave everyone full of bliss, the solutions are practical and healthy, and readers leave Bronwen with a lot of hope for the future and a much stronger person. Full of lots of laughs, heartbreak, and some most excellent romantic settings, I Now Pronounce You Someone Else is a realistic book that you can easily fall into and enjoy.
Cover Comments: I think this cover gives the impression of a book that is extremely light-hearted, and while this book does have its funny and romantic moments, it is a little more serious as Bronwen is forced to deal with her different relationships. I like it and think it is cute, but I don't think it quite fits.
ARC received from publisher.