Published by Bloomsbury on 18 February 2014
Genres: Dating & Sex, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
Also by this author: Send Me a Sign
Place(s) Traveled To: Cross Pointe, Pennsylvania // Hamilton, Pennsylvania
First Line(s): You dropped something.
Sometimes you love a book so much that you really don’t know where to begin when it comes to writing up your thoughts, Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt is one of those books. Bright Before Sunrise was a book that once I started reading it I just couldn’t stop. It was just filled with cuteness and realism and just all the right notes for a feel good heart-achy story. Brighton and Jonah are on the opposite end of the spectrum from each other and yet they somehow find themselves spending a night together. (No…not like that!) And its during those hours that they find out they have more in common with each other than they think.
There is a genuineness that fills the pages of Bright Before Sunrise and as you read its pages you feel like you are there in there story and that everything is real. Which is the magic of a really good book. Where when you close the cover you need to blink your yours a few times as the world around you catches up and you realize you were just trapped in a story and hours have gone by. Bright Before Sunrise is told in alternating chapters so you get to see both sides of the story and see where both Brighton and Jonah are coming from. They are funny and awkward and flawed but with potential for perfection. Both characters will make you feel all the feels and all you want is for them to find a HEA.
Much like Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith everything about this book feels real and believable even though the events take place over a single day. Never once does this story feel rush as a result. And just like with Statistical I hated for this to end. I wanted more of Brighton and Jonah’s story. I wanted to know more of what happens in their lives after the events in this book end. I didn’t want to give them up and I know that I will be re-reading this book often just to have a small piece of them back in my life.
I liked Schmidt’s debut novel, Send Me a Sign, but I LOVED Bright Before Sunrise. Her writing is so different and yet its the same lovely prose and dialogue but its all evolved from her debut into something more. I also liked all of these characters so much more than in Send Me a Sign (I still want to smack Mia’s mom!!) although there were a few that I wanted to pull aside and have a few words with…wanting them to pay more attention or to see the big picture and not to focus on the little details that are causing wrinkles. This is a book that I could go on and on and about. Its one that I think any lover of contemporary stories will adore so if this one isn’t on your radar yet then be sure to add it now. You will thank me for it later.