Author: Erin McCahan
Amount of Pages: 258
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Geared Towards: Teenagers
From: Book Tour
"They're all blond. Like Mother. Like Peter. And like me, except not like me.
Not at all.
Not even that."
Summary: Eighteen-year-old Bronwen Oliver is the surest about one thing, she is not Bronwen Alexis Oliver, as her "mother" and stepfather and everyone believe, no, she is actually Phoebe, the long-lost daughter of the Lilywhite family. How does she know this? Simple, she is nothing like her "outer-beauty" loving blonde mother or her "perfect" brother, and she is sure that her Lilywhite parents are going to come at any time now and take her away to her deserved family happily ever after.
Until she meets Jared Sondervan. Jared is...perfect. He's everything she ever wanted, he is sweet, cute, and funy. He's perfect and so is his family. Before she knows it she is head over heels in love with him, and when he proposes, well, of course she will marry him! But, maybe, marrying so soon could cause some not so happy things? Or will it be happily-ever-after for Bronwen.
Wdebo's Review: When I first started, I was kind of skeptical of the book, I am skeptical of very early marriages, I feel that when you get married when you're eighteen, it just doesn't seem to be a very good garauntee that it will work (some do, but most don't). So when I heard that part of the plot is about an 18 year old getting married to a guy she meet for not a very long amount of time, I didn't think I would like it at all; however, it turned out to be a pretty good book.
The writing was very nice, I like Bronwen's voice, it's sarcastical but has a maturity in it that is nice. Even though Bronwen has very good morales, about no sex before marriage kind of things, I felt though that she did let emotions dictate her actions when it came to Jared. Which is kind of hypocritacal of what she usually believed in, but I guess it was her desire to be accepted, to finally have a family that "loves" her.
Apart from that the book does have a very good message about finding yourself and accepting yourself for who you are. Even though it is told in a kind of Chick Lit novel way but it does have a very nice little message embedded in it.
I was not exactly the biggest fan of Jared in the beginning, because he just seemed too perfect, no one is that perfect, and it is scary, and when they got engaged and Jared turned into this person with a lots of faults I didn't like him but I was happy he was more human.
Cafe Cover Chat: I really like the cover, it's quite cute, and I love the blue and pink (My favorite color combination.) (A-)
All in all, a good book with a good message, that will leave you with a feeling that maybe there is love out there even if it is not perfectly smooth, it is still there, and it also has another good message of accepting yourself.