Publisher: Walker Childrens
Release Date: February 18, 2014
Source: Netgalley/Bloomsbury Childrens
Rating: 3 out of 5
Upon looking at the cover of Bright Before Sunrise, I expected this adorably cute story about two people who mend each other’s problems and fall in love in the process. BBS gives exactly this, but the overall story as a whole did not deliver well. While I enjoyed the story as a whole, I had a few issues with Bright Before Sunrise.
As a story that mainly focuses on romance and character development, Bright Before Sunrise unfortunately fell short in this department. In this story, we get both the male and female point of view, but let’s talk ladies first. Brighton is this “happy” girl who keeps a cheerful façade at all times, and tries to mask her sadness of her father’s death whenever possible. Brighton is very relatable in the sense that she does all the high school girl things, but other than that, she appears to be pretty boring in my eyes. I didn’t root for her or anything remotely close in the entire duration of the story. I just couldn’t connect with her emotionally. Jonah, the male protagonist and love interest, is not too far from Brighton, either. Jonah’s negativity is quite the turn off in the beginning. I understand where he’s coming from, but how does he expect me to like him if he’s just so pessimistic all the time?
Furthermore, Brighton and Jonah together just didn’t work for me, either. Because of the fact that Bright Before Sunrise is 24-hour story, I’m calling this romance an insta-love. I didn’t believe their love for each other for a second. Never in the story do they profess their love for each other, but the romantic relationship was not believable.
The plot as a whole is very mediocre. It started off interesting as the author introduces the characters’ backgrounds to us, but the effect wears off quickly and the reader is left reading the boring story of two teenagers’ lives. The ending even happened too quickly and the main problem that slapped these two teens together doesn’t even get resolved.
Looking at my thoughts now, it appears that most of my opinions for Bright Before Sunrise is negative, but I truly thought it was just an okay read. It’s certainly not awful; the story does get better in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to bump it up to any higher level than three stars. It’s a cute story, nothing more. I recommend this story if you’re in for a really quick, cute contemporary, but otherwise, I wouldn’t bother picking Bright Before Sunrise up.