Review: Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

Posted June 2, 2014 by Bee in Reviews / 6 Comments

Review: Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

Bright Before Sunrise

by Tiffany Schmidt
Published on February 18th 2014
by Walker Childrens
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Also by this author: Bright Before Sunrise

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.

5 Stars

Why in the world isn’t everybody reading and raving about this book? I read it in less than 4 hours and I loved it! Bright Before Sunrise is a quick, fun and touching story with a fantastic and sweet romance.

Bright Before Sunrise is about Brighton and Jonah. Brighton seems like a popular goodie-two-shoes that everybody loves but actually she’s just pretending to be fine since her dad died five years ago. The last thing she wants is the new kid to tell her how much he doesn’t like her for no reason. Jonah is the new kid at school. He doesn’t want to fit in because he didn’t want to move in the first place. And then his girlfriend, Carly, breaks up with him and Brighton and Jonah end up together the whole night.

This book takes place over the course of about 12 – 15 hours I think. It reads very quick and it was so good! I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I first came across it on Goodreads and I’m so happy I immediately started it when I finally got a copy. This was such a wonderful surprise! The writing was great, the romance was amazing and the characters were so real. This is not insta-love! Absolutely not! It’s a very sweet romance and I totally got it. I could not put it down and read this in one sitting.

I loved Brighton. Since her dad died she’s relied on pretending to be fine with a big smile on her face and being kind to every one. It was the only way to keep her family together but she doesn’t have a clue how to handle what she’s really feeling. She hasn’t let herself mourn over the loss of her father. She started joining all those clubs at school, never says no to anyone,… I’d be exhausted at the end of the day if I were her. But I did admire her for being so strong for her family. I was glad she learned how to say no in this book though. And I loved how awkward and shy she was around Jonah.

Jonah. I love him. Sure, he’s an idiot for the way he’s acting but I get it on some level. I was glad to see him open up to Brighton. He really changed the most. I also liked the other secundary characters, but they weren’t in it that much. It was mostly Jonah and Brighton. And that was absolutely fine with me. I love those two.

In the end I’d recommend this book to people who loved Jennifer E. Smith’s The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Bright Before Sunrise is a sweet, genuine, touching story that I could not put down. I really really loved this book.


About Tiffany Schmidt

Tiffany Schmidt is the author of Send Me a Sign, Bright Before Sunrise, and Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family book 1).

She’s found her happily ever after in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles.

You can find out more about her and her books at:, or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.

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