Bright Before Sunrise – Tiffany Schmidt

Synopsis

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.

Review

 loooooooved this book. It was so sweet! Schmidt made the evolution of their relationship unfold so seamlessly, I don’t even know when the shift occurred (as Brighton said herself). It was subtle — I’m glad that not everything was spelled out for the reader, and we were treated  with an air of understanding. There were great lessons for sure, but they were all incorporated seamlessly. The book was gentle, rather than explicit or gross. This was a story about two people discovering each other and themselves. 

Jonah and Brighton both had their own hang-ups and problems, but neither seemed unrealistic. Brighton’s life was super-relatable. Everyone liked her, but she had few CLOSE friends. Most didn’t know that her life wasn’t always perfect. And my heart went out to Jonah. His parental figures were awful. 

I liked this book because the relationship between Jonah and Brighton came fairly quickly. They COMMUNICATED with each other, which is so rare in YA. Even when everything and everyone else were problematic, these two managed to have one amazing night together… and that night changed everything.

Related Reading

  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Paper Towns – John Green
  • Perfect Chemistry – Simone Elkeles (but less extreme)
  • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson

Rating: 5/5

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