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Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on 2014-02-18
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
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 hope.
I am starting to think that 2014 is going to be year of contemporary romance for me. I seem to be gravitating to the aspect that they feel so real. It is easy to escape into the lives of people who feel like they could be your friends or neighbors and think that “yeah I’ve been there too.” When I saw the premise for the latest YA contemporary I read, I was hooked. Bright Before Sunrise is about a popular rich girl and the new boy in school that moved from the poor side of town. This book is also about the events that span just the 24 hour period that bring them together for more than just a friendship. This book is about hope, romance, and healing.
Like I said, I was hooked when saw the plot for this book. I have always loved and been fascinated by movies that span a short period of time or a full day. Movies like: The Breakfast Club, Empire Records, and Fun Size. From these movies and books I have learned that a lot can happen in just one day. In one day: lives can change, stunning revelations are made, and one can even fall in love. That is what I liked about Bright Before Sunrise is the hope and possibility of it all. I liked how in just 24 hours Jonah discovers that Brighton is more than just a rich popular girl. She is a girl full of grief and tragedy and is ready to heal. Brighton discovers that Jonah is more than a sullen loner from the wrong side of town. He is actually just hurt over the events his life has taken, but he too is ready to heal. I liked that both characters are just normal teenagers trying to deal with their neuroses the best they know how. I think my favorite part is when Brighton is analyzing herself in the car about why she acts the way she does and Jonah tells her to lay off because they are not going to solve all their issues in just one night.
The thing that I really like about Bright Before Sunrise is that Jonah and Brighton come together for just one night: find out they have more in common than they thought, challenge each other, and fall in love for the night. Who knows if they will work out but I like the sense that they will. Just like at the end of The Breakfast Club, who knows if the jock, the basket case and the nerd will ever speak to each other out in the halls, but I like to think that they will all look out for one another after that day. If you are like me and you are like books that are sweet, romantic, and quick to read; then pick up Bright Before Sunrise because this book really did leave me on nice cloud of happy.