Bright Before Sunrise

Bright Before Sunrise

by Tiffany Schmidt


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Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

Jonah and Brighton are about to have the most awkwardly awful night of their lives. For Jonah, every aspect of his new life reminds him of what he has had to give up. All he wants is to be left alone. Brighton is popular, pretty, and always there to help anyone . . . but has no idea of what she wants for herself. Her seemingly perfect life is marred only by Jonah, the one person who won't give her the time of day, but also makes her feel, well, something. So when they are repeatedly thrown together over the course of one night, anything can—and does—happen. Told in alternating chapters, this poignant, beautiful novel's energy and tension, amidst the humor and romance, builds to a new beginning of self-acceptance and hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802735003
Publisher: Walker & Company
Publication date: 02/18/2014
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

TIFFANY SCHMIDT is the author of Hold Me Like a Breath, Send Me a Sign, and Bright Before Sunrise. She's a former teacher who's found her happily ever after in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles. Visit Tiffany online at and on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.

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Bright Before Sunrise 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
When I read the blurb for this book originally, I immediately thought of Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist (one of my favorite books – and movies) and I knew I needed to read it immediately. I was thrilled to get early access to it from the publisher, through NetGalley. It sounded completely charming and I hoped I would love it. I wasn't disappointed!  Brighton is little miss perfect. She's popular, intelligent, involved in student activities and, darn it, people like her. Her family life is complicated. Her father passed away five years ago, her mother is still a bit of a mess, and her sister is away at college. It took me some time to connect with Brighton. She was maybe just a little too perfect and expected too much of others.  Jonah is a bit of an outsider. He was forced to leave his friends and girlfriend behind and move to the ritzy Cross Pointe from more or less the other side of the tracks in Hamilton after his mom left his father, remarried and had a baby. He doesn't want to make friends with the people at his new school and he has no desire to be involved with activities or sports there. He's simply biding his time until he graduates and leaves all this behind when he goes to college. I liked Jonah nearly immediately, even though he came off as a bit of a jerk.  Brighton tries to convince Jonah to participate in an upcoming fundraiser. He's having no part of it. They clash immediately. She's used to people pleasing her. He isn't going to play that game. Through a series of events that take place over the course of one night, they find themselves thrown together. During those few short hours, they realize that while they thought they had each other figured out, there was more to each of them than met the eye... and they have more in common than they might have thought. I love books when two people are thrown together for a specific, short period of time. It's fascinating to me to see the type of connection you can make with a person in a short time span. Sometimes it feels forced and unnatural, but that wasn't the case with Bright Before Sunrise. Brighton and Jonah worked well together. Their connection and the progression of that connection felt real and believable. There was a bit of romance, but it wasn't all romance, it was more about learning about someone else and figuring out things about yourself along the way.  This was a great, quick, engaging read for fans of the young adult contemporary genre. This was the first of Tiffany Schmidt's books that I've read. It certainly won't be the last.  I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Definitely recommend!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a cute story a little slow in the begining but that's exactly what kept you reading because you knew sooner rather than later the two charecters would (hopefully) get together. I really liked the story and loved the characters. Definitly recommened this to anyone who wants to read a quick but meaningful romance.
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BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
    I wanted to read Bright Before Sunrise because I liked the sound of Jonah and I thought that I would relate with Brighton because of the expectations at school as well as her grief over losing her father.     It really is amazing how dislike can turn into lust and like like over the span of a night. I like how fate pushed Brighton and Jonah together and that their decisions cemented that they were meant to spend time together and as a result get to know the person that is behind the front given to the rest of the school. And that neither is what they thought the other would be.      I know that my first thought would be an insta-love situation, but they never really muttered the I love you's, it was more as they gave the other a chance to see who they really are, they liked that glimpse and did things to see more. Now, I will admit, they had selfish reasons at first. Brighton wanted Jonah to participate in community service so that her and her teacher would have 100% participation and get a plaque, and Jonah wants to get back at his ex for dumping him claiming that he cheated. But Brighton thought that Jonah was a loner, an outcast where he just longed to be back where he called home and with the friends and family he loves are at instead of across town with his mom, stepdad and new baby sister, feeling all alone. And Jonah thought that Brighton was shallow, and just wanted to put on the nice face for show. But Brighton truly is nice, and while some of it is show so that her pain and uncertainty doesn't come out, she truly wanted to get to know Jonah and wanted to help others.       I love how as they spent more and more time together, the more they liked each other, and felt compelled to share. Brighton is in a lot of pain over losing her dad, and feels like she gets the brunt of responsibility and that she can't mourn. But Jonah doesn't treat her like she is breakable so she feels like she can share with him, especially after he opens up about his parents' divorce and his feelings about being away from Hamilton.      It def was a night to remember with their changing of percceptions, uncertainty that they were the only one feeling that way to a shared lust and some hot making out. I was kinda surprised that the whole book really just took place in a 24 hour time frame and the characters were fully fleshed out, dynamic, and I wasn't left with the feeling that the romance was too rushed.     Now of course, I would love more from Brighton and Jonah (and for some reason I want to keep calling him Noah in this review, lol). but I think that Ms Scmidt did a good job of resolving it and giving them possibilities and hope of a future together.  Bottom Line: Sweet contemporary with a romance that goes from dislike to something deeper as they spend an evening into the night together. 
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
Read it! I started this book around mid-day, read a few chapters and had to set it aside to do things like, feed my kids and switch the laundry. By the time I was able to pick it back up again, it was 10:30p.m. and I was exhausted. I figured I would still get in at least an hour before my eyeballs gave up. That didn't happen. By 1:30a.m. I was sitting on the floor of my bathroom reading by - I kid you not - nightlight, and fighting the urge to flip to the end to see whether or not this turned out the way I hoped it would. It did. When I finally crawled back into bed at 2:30a.m., I had a big goofy smile on my face! What I Loved: I was really curious about the "one night" premise. I was also a little nervous that Tiffany Schmidt might not be able to pull it off - telling a story that only covers a few hours but that is engaging, thought-provoking and heart-warming, but she did it! I really enjoyed the dual POV and how both of these characters were almost extreme versions of themselves in the beginning. Their experiences have caused them to shut down emotionally but it manifests itself in different ways. Jonah is a jerk, lashing out at everyone and everything around him. Totally understandable. Divorce is hard on a kid regardless of age. Throw in a move, a neurotic girlfriend and a bunch of other changes and life can kind of suck. Big time. The only bright spot in his life seems to be his baby sister and ohmyfeels...the scenes where he is caring her are so stinking sweet! Brighton's perpetual positivity is merely a survival mechanism. Neither of her parents are emotionally available to her and thanks to her sister's carefree (and often hilarious) attitude, Brighton is the one tasked with taking care of their mom. But Caretaker is a role Brighton feels the safest in despite the fact that it's slowly eating away at her. When their night begins, both Jonah and Brighton have preconceived notions about one another as well as agendas. Over the course of a few hours, words are spoken, feelings are hurt, and connections made, leaving them both to face the reality that maybe they really aren't all that different after all. Maybe too, they're the only other person who has a clue as to what the other is dealing with. Maybe, just maybe, Jonah and Brighton are exactly what each other needs. Not tying up all of the loose ends is just one of the things that makes this story unique. But the reader isn't left feeling frustrated or angry about all of the "what happens now" questions. What the reader IS left with is hope and belief that it really does only take one night to change your life for the better. What Left Me Wanting More: Nothing. However, if Tiffany Schmidt would like to write another book about what DOES happen next, I'll be first in line to read it. With cupcakes. ;) Final Verdict: Engaging, thought-provoking look at how we not only see others, but how we see ourselves too. Read it! Favorite Quote(s): "Mom keeps a bail fund for me---for you, she only has college money." "Go get my purse' does not give you permission to go in my purse," when all I'd wanted was a piece of gum for my baseball game." (One of the first "rules" I taught my boys. LOL!) "Pity for the loser with undersized man-parts." "In one car ride she's gone from pensive to half-asleep, and now she looks like she's snorted coffee beans."
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
Bright Before Sunrise is a must-read! Tiffany Schmidt did an amazing job describing the characters really well and having everything happen in one day made it impossible for me to stop reading. From the setting to the background stories of the character, Bright Before Sunrise is a relatable book that would appeal to everyone that has gone through the same experiences as the characters. The losing of someone or something important and having to cope with it while not letting other people get hurt.  Jonah is miserable when he is forced to move away from his old life in Hamilton to Cross Pointe on his senior year. He has everything he has ever known in Hamilton, so he hates the idea of having to move to another town. Now if that wasn't all, he also has to deal with his step-father and new baby sister in his life. Although he is a caring brother, the relationship between him and his step-father hasn't started on the right terms. Jonah has isolated himself from anything, including his classmates at his new school. But it doesn't take long before Brighton, the popular girl at school, notices him and his new adventure takes off.  Apart from being liked by everyone at school, Brighton has suffered a lot in her life. She has to put up a happy face and show that she is fine so that she doesn't get pity from everyone around her. For once in her life, she feels liberated that someone is not afraid to tell her how things go without being afraid of breaking her. But everything around her seems to bring back memories of her diseased father. She knows that attending his anniversary is going to break her and so she avoids it by taking on the task of making Jonah, the new kid, realize that Cross Pointe is not as bad as he thinks it is.  Both characters have a lot to learn and to let go, and when they are stuck together for the day, they start to discover new things about each other that brings them closer. Their growth reflects on the time they spend together and that's one of my favorite things about this book. Schmidt is able to bring relatable characters as well as situations that just about anyone can relate to. The end of the book is the end of the day for both characters and they are in a much better place than they were before. The writing flowed beautifully and it all felt right. I highly recommend this book to everyone to give it a try, you will not regret it.  *ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago