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Author: Schmidt, Tiffany
Publisher: Walker Books
Year Published: 2014
Grades: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12

Bright Before Sunrise

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Brighton Waterford, the most popular girl at prestigious Cross Pointe High School, has made it her mission to get the entire student body to participate in some type of volunteer activity in honor of her father that passed away 5 years previous. Jonah Prentiss, a new student who can’t stand Cross Pointe, lives for the weekends when he can escape back to his hometown that he was forced to leave and is the one student Brighton can’t get to tell her the time of day much less do some volunteer work. Over the course of a single night full of mishaps, almost fistfights, misunderstandings, an angry ex-girlfriend, and some painful revelations Brighton and Jonah’s perspectives of the other changes drastically and they discover a spark between them that neither one wants to ignore. This novel is told from both teens point of view in alternating chapters and Schmidt has done a marvelous job in making her two characters believable; in Jonah Schmidt has captured his anger and frustration over his lack of control with his life and in Brighton the reader can easily see her exhaustion and the massive amount of pressure she is under. Bright Before Sunrise is a fun and lighthearted opposites-attract type of love story that will leave the reader with warm, fuzzy feelings.

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