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. Jonah is a complex and angry boy who can't wait to get away and leave everything and everyone behind. He's also attractive, funny and smart and someone the reader will enjoy getting to know and spending time with making this one of my new favorite recommendations! If you're looking for a book that will draw you into its world and not let go till the final page... be sure to get a copy of Bright Before Sunrise! You'll be very glad you did!