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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Childrens (February 18, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802735002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802735003
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #533,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up—Jonah Prentiss, the new guy at Cross Pointe High School, spends his days alone and silent. Instead of attending this wealthy suburban school, he would rather be back at his old school in Hamilton, only a few miles away in distance, but on the opposite side of the universe in terms of economics. His mother remarried and moved the newly blended family to Cross Pointe during the last half of Jonah's senior year, and instead of trying to fit in, Jonah radiates anger and counts down the days until graduation when he can escape. He goes back to Hamilton as often as he can to see his girlfriend and old buddies. At his new school, he reluctantly befriends Brighton Waterford, a popular and spirited school leader at CPHS who tries to recruit Jonah to help with service projects. Even when he lashes out at her, Brighton continues to be sweet and friendly because, after all, that's what people in Cross Pointe do. Brighton and Jonah end up going to a party together and by the end of the night, they help each other uncover some of the deeper issues each faces. The story takes place all in one long evening and ends with a good bit of romance as the two find they have more in common than they first thought. This book will appeal to readers who enjoy realistic fiction and love stories.—Diana Pierce, formerly at Leander High School, TX

From Booklist

Meet Brighton, the girl with the sunniest smile at Cross Pointe High School, who is determined to get the entire student body involved in volunteer work. She has one stubborn holdout: Jonah, a new transfer student who despises “fake nice” girls like Brighton, who presumably live in rich homes, aloof from life’s troubles. Brighton, however, is preparing for a memorial service honoring her father, who died five years earlier. Seems like it would take a mighty strong gust of fate to bring these two together, yet over the course of one poignant Friday night, Brighton and Jonah gradually discover that they cannot pull themselves apart. Told in the teens’ alternating viewpoints, the chapters use a countdown format that creates a nice tension. Fate gets a little frenzied in its machinations to bring the star-crossed lovers together, but 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. Grades 8-12. --Diane Colson

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Watching these two change from the beginning of the book to the end was really a great thing to see unfold.
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
Even though I didn’t love how Jonah and Brighton’s backgrounds were presented, I did really like both of their back stories and the set up for the whole book.
With wonderful writing and terrific characters, this was a fun and very entertaining book that I really enjoyed reading.
Waiting For Wentworth

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saturdaychick on February 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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This is one of those books. The kind you take a minute to see whether it is one you'll be able to slot into the reading schedule and next thing you know you're half way into it! "Bright Before Sunrise" by Tiffany Schmidt is addictively readable! It takes place over the course of one very long night and is told in the alternating voices of the lead characters. Kind of a YA version of Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise" series. Jonah is the new boy in town. And he's not happy about it. His Mom and step-dad and their baby girl, Jonah's sister, have moved to the upscale community of Cross Pointe in the middle of his senior year at high school. He's left his friends, his girlfriend and his joy of baseball behind in the working class community of Hamilton. He refuses to get involved in anything at the school, and is surly towards any friendly advances from the other students, especially the super popular and pretty Brighton Waterford, a Junior girl who has so many friends competing for her time and is over-booked doing charity and volunteer work that she seldom has even a moment to relax and call her own. Partly, this is her way of dealing with the pain of a loss she's trying hard not to acknowledge.
So, when Brighton persists in trying to get Jonah to help out at a school book drive that Sunday... something he's repeatedly refused to do, somehow these two complete opposites end up spending a night dealing with events and occurrences that keep throwing them together despite Jonah's resentment and Brighton's determination to befriend him and find out the secrets behind Cross Pointe's man of mystery.
Brighton is such a wonderfully likable and sympathetic girl you can see why so many people want to be her friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By melannie @ Books Are Vital on February 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Bright Before Sunrise was an amazing surprise. Even though I knew I would like it just by reading the synopsis I wasn’t prepared to this amount of awesomeness. If you don’t know yet, this book is set around a course of events that happened one night, yes, just one night. And if you are unsure about how someone can build up realistic, swoony romance; let me tell you that you have nothing to worry about.

Schmidt did a marvelous job at making you root for each of her characters from the start and make you slowly fall for them. And believe me, I don’t fall for anything, but this book is so well-done and the story is so wonderfully splendid that it will convince you and transport you to this magic night in the life of Jonah and Brighton.

And speaking of Jonah and Brighton, I absolutely loved them. I thought they are perfect for each other and that their qualities complement them well. I liked that we get to see both their points of view and that got me even more involved in their lives and personal stories.

So I really don’t know what to say because when I think about this book all I want to do is gush about everything it made me feel. Because it gave me a lot of feelings, all the joy and the giddiness, delight and amusement. It was a magical experience that I want to relive again. Yes, I have actually place this one on my re-read shelf (which is composed of maybe five books). It’s one of those books that have an unexpected depth that will leave you dazzled. Great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andi (Andi's ABCs) on February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Well if I didn’t love Tiffany Schmidt before I do now after reading Bright Before Sunrise. Seriously, is there a way to give more than 5 out of 5 stars??? Because really, this book deserves it if there is. It was clever and fun and honest. It truly was a pleasure to read every word and I hated that it ended so soon because it was fantastic!

Bright Before Sunrise is the story of Brighton and Jonah(love the names by the way!), two teenagers that have nothing in common except they go to the same school. Brighton is peppy and into school spirit, at least on the outside, while Jonah is angry at a lot of things, especially having to more to a new house and school in the second half of his senior year. When circumstances force these two to spend a night together things go from bad to worse, from up to down, from hate to the possibility of love. For two people that thought they had nothing in common, in the course of one night, realize there is more to the other than they ever thought and find out there may just be more to themselves as well.

Do you know what I loved about this book, well besides that fact that it was written by Tiffany Schmidt? I loved that we got two totally different voices from totally different characters. I know, I know, there are a ton of books out there that have dual POVs, I haven’t been living under a rock. I’ve read a bunch myself. But what I liked the best about it is Bright Before Sunrise is although it is a book written by one author it could have easily been two based on the characters(if that makes any sense). Basically Schmidt gave us a wide range of her writing prowess by making Jonah and Brighton so opposite each other that they may have been on different scales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim {kimberlyfaye reads} on February 18, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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...
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Tiffany Schmidt lives in Pennsylvania with her saintly husband, impish twin boys, and a pair of mischievous puggles. She's not at all superstitious... at least that's what she tells herself every Friday the thirteenth.

SEND ME A SIGN is her first novel. BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE will follow in Winter, 2014. The ONCE UPON A CRIME FAMILY series begins with HOLD ME LIKE A BREATH in 2015.

You can find out more about her and her books at:,, or by following her on Twitter @TiffanySchmidt.

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