ARC Review – Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

13634097 Title: Bright Before Sunrise

Author: Tiffany Schmidt

Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: 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.

River’s Review:

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher and I’m writing this honest review to say thank you.

I am SO torn about this book. I really enjoyed it, but there was also a lot that I didn’t really like. This book takes place in the span of one night, boy meets girl style. Girl is pretty, preppy, popular rich girl who’s suffering in her head and smiling on the outside. She lives to please everyone and to overachieve at all costs. Boy is new to town, a loaner, upset with his mother, his situation, his father, his step-father and his new school. Girl tries to make friends with boy and he rejects her.

Then girl and boy get stuck together for the night and over the course of like, 10 hours, they go from hating each other to infatuated with each other. There wasn’t really any instalove, but some people might see it that way. I don’t because they both did admit some very real doubts, and the ‘L’ word is never thrown around, neither are there any ‘I can’t live without you’ declarations. Boy (Jonah) DOES seem a bit too eager to ‘know’ her, and I did have some problems with that. I tried to write it off as horny-boy though.

I did like how Girl (Brighton) comes to realize some big things about herself. And how she voiced her doubts about where their relationship is going. I also like how she took chances that she normally wouldn’t have. She had a very ‘lets take this slow’ feeling to her, which was really nice. She was shy and cautious, but slowly broke out of her shell over the night.

My biggest problem was with Jonah and the amount of drama that circled him. His girlfriend breaks up with him at the start of the night and then he drags Brighton to a party with him to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. He does realize what a shitty idea it is, later, but that and the amount of drama that followed was just too much and really bothered me. I also really didn’t like Digg and the direction he was heading in. And the fact that Jonah had literally JUST gotten dumped and then he was basically over his girlfriend in five seconds and moving onto Brighton.

So yeah, not too bad, but it did fall flat for me at times. I think if Jonah would have been a little more like-able and the drama had been toned down a bit more I would have enjoyed it more.

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