Bright Before Sunrise

Bright Before Sunrise

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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 more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 149.86 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 362.87g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0802735002
  • 9780802735003
  • 989,029

Review quote

This book renewed my faith in fate and made me remember it only takes one night to change your life forever. -- Jen Calonita, author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life and the Belles series If you ever had that one wildly perfect night, you'll love this book. If you never did, you'll love it even more. -- Diana Peterfreund, author of Across a Star-Swept Sea and For Darkness Shows the Stars Sparks are flying in this opposites-attract romance. Kirkus Reviews Easy flowing teen banter, party scenes, volatile breakups, and a touching awakening of love also help deliver a worthwhile teen read and library purchase ... Brighton and Jonah are stars and readers will want more. VOYA Fans of the one-crazy-night romance genre will love the budding tenderness and passion between the teens. Recommend to readers who like a lighthearted love story with serious undertones, such as those by Lauren Myracle or Deb Caletti. Booklist The book tells the story of how that first love can help you see the good and the bad through new eyes and launch you out of yourself toward becoming someone that you like better. BCCB This book will appeal to readers who enjoy realistic fiction and love stories. School Library Journal This is Schmidt's first novel, and it is a noteworthy one ... a moving and inspirational novel that teen girls will love. -- VOYA on Send Me a Sign Compelling; it has heartbreak and tragedy, but hope as well. -- School Library Journal on Send Me a Sign Schmidt's heroine believably vacillates between stoicism and indignation as she learns to rely less on superstitious signals to predict her future and more on herself. -- Publishers Weekly on Send Me a Signshow more

About Tiffany Schmidt

TIFFANY SCHMIDT lives in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles. And while she thinks sunrises are quite beautiful, she'd rather sleep through them. Send Me a Sign was her debut novel. Find out more about Tiffany and her books by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt or visiting more

Rating details

2,629 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 31% (811)
4 34% (899)
3 27% (706)
2 6% (164)
1 2% (49)

Our customer reviews

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 more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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