Author: Erin McCahan
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published: June 1st 2010 by Arthur A. Levine Books
Special Note: Review for Book Tour
Seventeen-year-old Bronwen Oliver doesn't just want a family. She has one of those, and there's nothing terribly wrong with them apart from bickering grandparents, an image-obsessed mother and a brother she describes simply as Jesus. But there's no natural sense of connection between Bronwen and her family, leaving her with the belief -- and the hope -- that she was switched at birth, that she was never supposed to be Bronwen Oliver but someone else entirely.
When she begins dating college senior Jared Sondervan, she finds herself thoroughly embraced by the loving family she has always wanted and does not hesitate to say yes when Jared proposes on her 18th birhday. Plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her junior year of college become plans for the Perfect Beach Wedding before her freshman year of college. And a wedding so soon isn't exactly what Bronwen wants. But Jared is. And his family is. Or so she thinks.
Before Bronwen can determine what she truly wants, she must first determine who she truly is, and the answer, she discovers, is only partially what she thought it was. She wasn't switched at birth, but she's also not Bronwen Oliver and hasn't been for a very long time.
First off, I looooooooooooooove older protaganist in Young Adult Fiction. Especially, in contemporary novels. Bronwen, our loveable, snarky main character, has a voice so clear, I could actually hear her in my head. That's when you know the author nailed the "voice" of the narrator.
Our love intrest, Jared, is a smexy college senior who is Bronwen's older bother's high school friend. Yeah, say that three times fast! LOL But there's also another guy, Chad, who you find out Bronwen just dumped because he was trying to pressure her into sex. So there's that drama, too.
More than anything this book is just about Bronwen trying to figure out who she is and where she fits in. This is a great Young Adult Contemporary novel and I think fans of Sara Dessen, Rachel Hawthorne, and Judy Blum will really like this one!
PS: Erin gets extra props for being a Columbus, Ohio native, too!! :)