Review: Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

Posted June 4, 2015 by valeranne in Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

Bright Before Sunrise

by Tiffany Schmidt
Published on February 18th, 2014
by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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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

Notice a theme in this review and my last one? THE BOLDLY BOOKISH TOUR (coming to Dallas, TX) with Emery Lord, Trish Doller, A.C. Gaughen, and Tiffany Schmidt. I’m reading up on the other authors because I’m obviously going because EMERY LORD COME ON.

Bright Before Sunrise has one of my favorite elements ever (dual POV between guy and girl) and an element that I thoroughly enjoy (happens in a short time period much like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) but somehow I thought that I wasn’t going to like this book. How? Good question. I don’t know. But good news, I loved this book!

Brighton is our girl MC who is practically perfect in every way. She has gotten so used to playing a role that she doesn’t even realize that this isn’t truly who she is. The fifth anniversary of her dad’s death is the following day and Brighton has done everything she possibly can to live up to his image and to make him proud, namely by being president of the Cross Pointe Key Club and achieving 100% Participation Award. The only problem is that 1% refuses to participate, enter Jonah.

Jonah’s mom married up and brought him along, away from his friends, his school, and his girlfriend. He despises everything about Cross Pointe and especially Brighton because she constantly seeks him out when he desperately doesn’t want the attention. These complete opposites are thrown together in… shenanigans! I love shenanigans and Tiffany’s hit the spot.

It takes place over one day and it was told really well; I never felt like anything was rushed and it was all believable(ish) for me, just the way I like it.

Honestly, my favorite thing was the theme throughout this book, it captures what I love about YA: discovering yourself. We are all discovering new things about ourselves on a daily basis but there is just something about the innocence of finding out about who you can be in high school. We, as well as Brighton and Jonah, don’t have to fit the molds that are set before us or even the molds that we’ve made, we are allowed to change and it’s beautiful. This book perfectly captured the beauty in growing up. 

I would totally recommend this book, it is a really great read. Oh, and SWOONS. 🙂

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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