Saturday, September 5, 2015

Book Shelf: Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

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.

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Bright Before Sunrise is a fun and uncomplicated novel by Tiffany Schmidt that sweeps readers into a story that features a sweet and endearing romance. Set mainly over the course of one night, Bright Before Sunrise manages to mingle romance between the two main characters with self discover whilst still managing to convey a deeper meaning

Bright Before Sunrise introduces readers to Brighton Waterford, a sweet, popular and seemingly perfect student at Cross Pointe High.....and a girl on a mission. Brighton is determined to understand why fellow classmate Jonah Prentiss refuses to give her the time of day no matter how many times she's tried to become his friend. A self ostracized loner who moved to Cross Pointe from the neighboring, and lower class, suburb of Hamilton, Jonah isn't interested in getting to know the way too "nice" Brighton. Yet when a night of chances and changes throws them together, both Brighton and Jonah find themselves setting out to discover a whole new way of seeing the world; a way that just might change the way they see themselves, and each other, forever.....

After jumping into Bright Before Sunrise with not a lot of expectations, I was delighted to find myself captivated from pretty much the opening chapter. Well written and explored, Bright Before Sunrise would be perfect for fans of The Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles in my opinion with its easy to follow storyline, sexual tension and chemistry.

Told through the dual POV's of both Brighton and Jonah, I really loved both characters. Though Brighton was popular and a social butterfly, she was a genuinely nice person and I enjoyed the fact that Tiffany Schmidt managed to explore her personality flaws in this novel and allows Brighton to see herself for who she really is. Jonah on the other hand is a real bitter individual in the beginning with Schmidt also not shying away from an authentic male personality who vocalizes his turn-ons, desires and wants.

A lot happens to our two main characters in Bright Before Sunrise. After an initial introduction of a few chapters Bright Before Sunrise takes place over one eventful night in the lives of Brighton and Jonah. I really liked what Tiffany Schmidt managed to pack into this story and though I'm sure there are people out there to may find this story unbelievable or unrealistic, I actually found myself easy to imagine a night like this. Brighton and Jonah don't fall in love with each other per say, but rather Bright Before Sunrise is about them acknowledging that they are attracted to each other and there are real possibilities for their romance.

Brighton and Jonah really manage to help each other grow in this novel. Sometimes the best way to learn about yourself and to see yourself in a new way is when you're forced outside your comfort zone and into the presence of someone who isn't going to lie to you in order to protect your feelings. And that's the essence of Brighton and Jonah's relationship; something Tiffany Schmidt explores beautifully.....

This is my first novel by Tiffany Schmidt but after reading Bright Before Sunrise I thoroughly intend to read more by her should the option ever arise. Bright Before Sunrise is well paced, infinitely sweet and really engaging. I was completely invested in Brighton and Jonah's journey and found myself eagerly turning each page. Exactly what you want with these kinds of novels.

Beautifully written, tangible and honest, Bright Before Sunrise is an endearing read by Tiffany Schmidt that I thoroughly recommend!

Source: Sent for review by Bloomsbury (Thank you Sonia!)
Format: Paperback
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My Recommendation: This series will suite fans of The Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles!
Cover: This cover does nothing for the book within.
Will I read sequel/continue with series: This is a stand alone novel but I look forward to reading more by Tiffany Schmidt.

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