The Long Night of Leo and Bree

The Long Night of Leo and Bree

Book - 2002
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On the anniversary of his sister's murder, Leo, tormented by his mother's insane accusations and his own waking nightmares, kidnaps a wealthy girl intending to kill her, but instead their long night together helps them both face their futures.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002
ISBN: 9780689835643
Characteristics: 111 p. ; 19 cm


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Jan 15, 2016

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Review This is not a love story. This may tentatively be termed a friendship story. But mostly, it is a story about a simple human-to-human connection. It's about truly seeing each other as people. Leo is still reeling from the murder of his sister and thinks he can bring her back by murdering another girl. But he sees that his suffering isn't all that matters. Bree is a person, too, with her own life and her own tragedies, loss of a sibling included. And Bree realizes that Leo isn't just some horrible kidnapper, and he definitely does not want to truly kill her. He is kind, and he is in pain.

I'm not trying to condone Leo's kidnapping Bree, but he definitely isn't a dimensionless "bad guy" archetype. In fact, he isn't really a bad guy, overall. And his connection with Bree may have saved him, just as it helped Bree to heal, as well. These characters are both damaged humans on the road to recovering from grief, and the effect they have on each other is pretty profound.


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