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.
Pages: 288 pages
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Bright Before Sunrise was on my list of must-reads in 2014. The premise sounded amazing, and that cover is so gorgeous! The alternating povs were great, and I loved how the storyline took place over the course of one day of the character’s lives.
Brighton and Jonah can’t be more different on the outside. Brighton is the nice, popular girl in her high school who everyone turns to for advice. Meanwhile, Jonah is withdrawn, wanting nothing to do with anyone else in their Cross Point high school. They really aren’t so different overall, though.
Both Jonah and Brighton were such well developed characters. The community they live in, Cross Point, is a rich, snooty community (think Neptune, but less crime-filled ;) Jonah feels like such an outsider there, and I could totally empathize with him. However, Brighton brings to light the fact that he’s not really giving anyone a chance. Brighton was definitely hard for me to like at times. She gave off a pretty fake exterior, and I hated how she kept reverting to it. When she and Jonah were together, though, it was amazing to read about.
The plot is just like a normal day in their lives, in which they end up at a party, and later talking to one other. They both had pretty dysfunctional families and although you didn’t really get to see those issues resolved, I loved how Brighton and Jonah helped each other. There were a few different side characters, who were okay, but the main emphasis was definitely put on Brighton and Jonah. I grew to love these characters and I thought the way the book ended was just right.
Bright Before Sunrise is a new favorite, and definitely something I’d recommend to any contemporary lover! I already ordered a copy of Send Me A Sign, and I’ll definitely be reading anything else Tiffany Schmidt writes. I’d give Bright Before Sunrise 4 out of 5 flowers.