Author: Tiffany Schmidt
Publication date: February 18, 2014
Publisher: Walker Children’s
Source: e-ARC from publisher via Netgalley (Thank you, Bloomsbury!)
When Jonah is forced to move from Hamilton to Cross Pointe for the second half of his senior year, “miserable” doesn’t even begin to cover it. He feels like the doggy-bag from his mother’s first marriage and everything else about her new life—with a new husband, new home and a new baby—is an upgrade. The people at Cross Pointe High School are pretentious and privileged—and worst of all is Brighton Waterford, the embodiment of all things superficial and popular. Jonah’s girlfriend, Carly, is his last tie to what feels real… until she breaks up with him.
For Brighton, every day is a gauntlet of demands and expectations. Since her father died, she’s relied on one coping method: smile big and pretend to be fine. It may have kept her family together, but she has no clue how to handle how she’s really feeling. Today is the anniversary of his death and cracks are beginning to show. The last thing she needs is the new kid telling her how much he dislikes her for no reason she can understand. She’s determined to change his mind, and when they’re stuck together for the night, she finally gets her chance.
Jonah hates her at 3p.m., but how will he feel at 3 a.m.?
One night can change how you see the world. One night can change how you see yourself.
*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads
Bright Before Sunrise is a delightful tale about love, embracing change, and opening one’s self to possibilities. Tiffany Schmidt’s sincere and effervescent writing made it so difficult to put this book down.
Realistic and compelling, Bright Before Sunrise tells the story of Jonah and Brighton, two completely different people who connected with each other over the course of one night. I loved that this book is written in alternate POVs of the guy and the girl. I couldn’t think of a better way for this story to be told as dual POVs thoroughly present the distinction between two characters.
Tiffany Schmidt created believable characters with engaging voices so their thoughts were such a pleasure to read. Jonah Prentiss is the new kid in town. Cold, aloof, and withdrawn, he distances himself from the people at school, not giving them a chance to know him. He has a tough time adjusting to his new life in Cross Pointe and still clings to his old life back in Hamilton. Meanwhile, Brighton Waterford, is the most popular girl in school and is loved by everyone. Sweet, innocent, and friendly, she wears a smile that lights up the hallways of Cross Pointe High School. Yet behind the brilliance of her smile, Brighton carries a burden that turns off her light as soon as she lets it weigh her down.
Jonah doesn’t like Brighton and Brighton is determined to find out why. Then destiny worked its magic in a surprising turn of events that led to Jonah and Brighton’s one night adventure filled with drama and sweet-as-vanilla-ice cream- sundae moments. Beautifully flawed and genuine, Jonah and Brighton have a natural chemistry that makes their interaction seem effortless. Their contrasting personalities became a great help in understanding each other’s differences and a firm foundation for their blossoming relationship. Jonah and Brighton proved that it doesn’t matter how long a person has to know someone to have a meaningful connection. The story also imparts the message that letting go of the past and moving forward are the keys to a promising new beginning. Beautiful, don’t you think?
A fun and adorable read, Bright Before Sunrise is a charming reminder that love happens in magical and extraordinary ways. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading feel-good contemporary YA romance. This book will certainly brighten up your day!