Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

sunriseWhen 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.

SOURCE:  egalley via publisher/netgalley

Story Breakdown:

Told in alternating POV chapters we follow Brighton and Jonah through one night where they discover more about themselves and each other.

Character Highlights:

Brighton – I think her coping with everything by being nicer is probably more courageous than someone who lashes out.  To take all of the hurt and pain and not show it hurts herself and though that isn’t healthy you can’t help but feel for her and hope that someone will notice and just listen.

Jonah- To be honest it took me most of the book to warm up to him.  I mean I completely agree with the premise of the book that one night can change your life but it took a lot for me to believe he wasn’t sleazy for wanting to be with Brighton the same day he breaks up with his ex.

Overall Thoughts:

I’ve always been a fan of alternating POVs so that we can get in the heads of both MCs as long as it is done right and I think BBS fits the bill on this one.  I felt like the situations presented were authentic to teens and though some of the conversations and reactions were a bit juvenile to an adult they fit the age of the characters and made the story that much more believable.  This was a great contemporary that gives you hope that you CAN change your life in one day so make every day count!






5 thoughts on “Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

  1. Candice April 9, 2014 at 9:07 am Reply

    I haven’t heard of this one but it sounds pretty good! Love the name Brighton and the cover – WOW! so pretty!

  2. loveatfirstpage April 9, 2014 at 10:15 am Reply

    Same thoughts, same rating! I hated that Jonah had a girlfriend that he just broke up with that same day – it definitely took away from his and Brighton’s romance.

    • Kristina April 9, 2014 at 10:26 am Reply

      Right. I’m a firm believer one day can change things but given the drama involved one day for that seemed a bit of a stretch.

  3. Nicole @ The Quiet Concert April 18, 2014 at 10:21 pm Reply

    I don’t have much patience for juvenility but I like that this takes place over one night and has alternating POVs. Also I like that it is sweet. I kind of need a break from all the contemporary reading I’ve been doing lately, but I will be reading this one at some point.

    • Kristina April 19, 2014 at 12:37 pm Reply

      If he would have already been single it would have made a world of difference to me.

      Sent from my iPhone


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