23/05/2014

Review: Bright Before Sunrise {Tiffany Schmidt}


★★★★☆
Written by Tiffany Schmidt
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Jonah and Brighton are about to have the most awful and wonderful night of their lives.For Jonah, every aspect of his new town reminds him of everything he's given up. All he wants is to be left alone and to escape the pretentious privilege of CPHS.For Brighton, hiding underneath a facade of 'nice', trying desperately to forget about what tomorrow means, she just wants to know why the new guy seems to hate her.When the two are repeatedly thrown together, a whole new world opens up for them both and they soon realise that in just one night, everything can change.
 
Books that happen over the course of one day or one night (like The Statistical Probability) are kind of my guilty pleasure. I just love seeing how the author can develop their characters and their relationships in such a short amount of time. And more than that, I love the romantic notion of one night being able to change everything.

This is a very honest story, with characters who we get to know right down to their souls. We see how alone Jonah feels, and how Brighton can't seem to move on from her devastation. We see the delicate creases in each of their lives and get a real understanding of why they are the way they are. It was great character development for such a quick book.

Jonah is pretty brutal, I'll be honest. He's quite the cynic and not willing to go out on a limb  for anybody. And, really, at times I found him to be just plain rude. If he spoke to me the way he started off speaking to Brighton, the guy would've been karate chopped.

But it's because of this animosity that the story drew me in. I loved watching the relationship between the two of them grow and develop; from Jonah's refusal to be friendly and Brighton's desperation to be liked, to two kids discovering they had a lot more in common than they ever could have known. It was great seeing Jonah soften as time went by, and seeing Brighton harden and become more assertive. They definitely rubbed off on each other and provided a great balance.

Insta-love, thankfully, is not relevant here. Yes, this book takes place in one night, but it still feels like a very slow and well thought-out romance. And it doesn't end in declarations of love or always and forever, but with the hope of something new. It ends, really, with a beginning.

This is a story about two authentic teenagers who are thrown together in one whirlwind night and realise that there's a reason they're in each other's lives. It's funny, heartbreaking, sugar-sweet and Tiffany Schmidt crafted a world I got completely sucked in to. I read this whole thing in one sitting, and if that doesn't convince you, I don't know what will.

"One night can change how you see the world. One night can change how you see yourself."

 

Allie has planned out a trio of marvellous desserts for Valentine's weekend. She'll be baking up a storm for love day! And that's not just a metaphor, because when she bakes, the kitchen ends up looking like it's been hit by a hurricane. But hey, the sugar makes the clean-up all worth while.
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16 comments:

  1. I don't think I've read a book that takes place in one night before! I'm also glad to hear it ends with a beginning. I can't imagine knowing after a few hours that I'd spend eternity with someone.

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    1. They're always really sweet little contemporaries, which are perfect for getting me out of reading ruts!

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  2. I want to try this! I've read Graffiti Moon which takes place over 1 night and turns enemies into buddies, and it's AMAZING...if the author pulls it off. ;) Gosh, though, is it technically insta love? Haha! One night is not much time to fall in love. x) Still, this is on my TBR.

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    1. ooooh I haven't heard of that. Adding it to my list!

      It's not insta-love, it's insta-like ;) they don't get all mushy and start planning their wedding or anything lol

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  3. Funny, heartbreaking, and super sweet? I'm in! ;)

    This sounds absolutely wonderful though! I love the sound of the authenticity of the characters - that's always wonderful. :)

    Thanks for sharing Allie, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! I think I'm going to give this a try!

    ~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf

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    1. It really is a great little contemporary and I finished it with a smile on my face, and that's never a bad thing!

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  4. I've definitely seen this cover but I didn't know anything about it until reading your wonderful review. I too love books that take place over a short amount of time and I like that the author didn't resort to insta-love, hooray!

    I cannot wait to see your bookish nail art, Allie! It'll be awesome :)

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist

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    1. oooh I actually did some over the weekend for The Infinite Sky, but I forgot to take a picture and now they're all chipped :( SUCH IS MY LIFE haha

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  5. I agree, I liked how it developed but there weren't declarations, just a beginning but pretty awesome on at that

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    1. Yep! It was nice to have kind of an open ending, that promised hope for the two of them

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  6. Awwwww. This sounds completely adorable! I now really want to read this one! Your reviews are always so wonderful!

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    1. It genuinely is adorable! Especially as the story progresses and we get to see these two slowly reveal their true selves to each other :)

      (And thank you! That's so sweet of you. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such an awesome comment!)

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  7. I was hoping to get this one on NG but wasn't approved and was super bummed. I had seen some reviews that were less than favourable and said it was a case of insta love. I'm glad you didn't feel it was like that and I'm intrigued by this one. I think if it comes in at work then I will definitely be picking it up.

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    1. Oh really? I didn't feel that way at all, and normally I'm really grumpy when there's even the slightest bit of insta-love. I actually thought the romance was really well-built and the characters never 'fell in love', so I don't get why people are calling it insta-love. Insta-like maybe! Lol

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  8. I've heard some good things about this one, then kind of forgot about it! I'm glad you posted about it and liked it! It sounds great, and the hope of something new vs. insta love is the best! I also like some heartbreak with my funny and sugar-sweet, so I hope to read this one soon!

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    1. It was honestly just what I needed. Once in a while it's nice to read a cute, simple book that has great characters and great chemistry, and no world-ending battles in sight!

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