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Review: Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt

Haiku Review:

Jonah made a lot of
assumptions about Brighton
Can one night change them?

 Confession: I love movies, TV show episodes, but especially books, that all happen in a 24 hours period. I have a soft spot for them immediately. And that's what drew me towards Bright Before Sunrise.

I also love books where the characters alternate points of view each chapter. I love how it gives you a full, round understanding of their motivations, even when they're getting everything wrong.

And I love books that take place within the weeks before high school graduation. It's a seriously awesome time, where nothing really matters, but everything feels important and meaningful.

So really, I was predisposed to like Bright Before Sunrise. It would have had to had major flaws for me not to like it. But I felt like it had everything I was looking for in a book. Laughs, tears, family dynamics, miscommunication, all on top of the three things I listed above. 

It's the story of Brighton and Jonah, who by all means should never even appear in each other's social circles. Brighton is the most popular girl in school, and Jonah came in as a new senior halfway through the year and he pretty much refuses to even bother with a social circle. Brighton keeps hounding him about volunteer activities and he assumes it's because he's her charity case. The reality is that she's going for a school record, 100% participation from all students in at least one volunteer activity. And Jonah is basically the last one she needs to get involved.

I could go on and on summarizing this book, but I'm going to stop here and say that I know it's only March, but theres' a really good chance this will end up being one of my favorites books of 2014.

Highly recommended for anyone in high school.

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