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The Long Night of Leo and Bree Hardcover – March 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing; 1 edition (March 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689835647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689835643
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,844,777 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Narrated by two very different teens Leo, a poor, troubled dropout, and Bree, a rich girl rebelling against her sheltered life Wittlinger's (Hard Love) novel raises interesting issues, but ultimately its premise is too problematic. The novel opens as 17-year-old Leo marks the fourth anniversary of his sister's murder by her abusive boyfriend. After a violent fight with his alcoholic mother, Leo goes for a drive. Seeing scantily clad Bree, who's come from the neighboring rich town to find a bar and play pool, Leo decides she was "the one who was supposed to die," not his "nice girl" sister. He kidnaps Bree, blindfolds her and takes her to the basement below his apartment. Bree jabbers about her life, thinking if she becomes real to him, he won't kill her. As the night wears on, he finally opens up, too, and she realizes, "When you make yourself real to somebody, they become real to you too." Some of their conversations touch on thoughtful topics, from whether or not a girl should be able to walk down the street by herself ("Why shouldn't I be able to go someplace by myself if I want to? Why do I have to have a man along all the time?" she asks Leo) to how families deal with death (Bree had a sister who died as a child). But neither teen seems fully formed, so that Bree's bond with Leo, which results in her deciding not to turn him in, feels too creepy and unbelievable. Ages 12-up.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 & Up--Told from alternating points of view, this intense narrative reveals the inner workings of two 18-year-olds. On the anniversary of his sister's brutal murder by her boyfriend, Leo, frightened and enraged by his mother's drunken ravings and assault (she is convinced that all men are beasts), escapes from their apartment. Driving around, he is consumed by anger and despair. Memories of his father's desertion and his mother's growing mental instability haunt him. Pictures of Michelle's corpse lying in a pool of blood appear before his eyes. When he sees a young woman walking alone in her tight skirt and high heels, he concludes that this stranger should be dead, not Michelle. Bree wants freedom from her wealthy parents' expectations and from her controlling boyfriend's superiority. She feels trapped at home, but when Leo grabs her, puts a knife to her neck, and forces her into his car, fear takes over. As his hostage, talk is Bree's only weapon. Through their conversation, each teen discovers demons that they must confront, from making choices and handling grief to dealing with adversity and with the future. By the time morning rolls around, Leo and Bree have opened their hearts to one another. Wittlinger's dependable, solid character development mirrors that of her previous novels. With its strong, believable emotions and direct, clear writing, this novel will speak to young adult readers.
Gail Richmond, San Diego Unified Schools, CA
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Customer Reviews

I really found the ending unbelieveable.
Meaghan
At the same time, I couldn't feel the same connection with both characters.
The Cosy Dragon (Rose Herbert)
I think this is Ellen Wittlinger's best book since HARD LOVE.
"katezilla"

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "katezilla" on February 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I think this is Ellen Wittlinger's best book since HARD LOVE. Leo and Bree are fascinating characters, and the story of their long night is one you won't soon forget. It's true that there isn't much suspense--if Leo were really crazy enough to kill Bree, it would quickly become a very different book--but that's hardly the point. The real joy of this book is watching the journey of the characters over the course of their night together. I found them to be beautifully realized, almost real. If you've enjoyed Wittlinger's other books, don't miss LEO AND BREE; and if you've yet to discover her, pick up any of her books--you're in for a treat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
Leo, a brave kid, has been going through a lot with his sister and mother. You wouldn't think that he would get to the point that he would actually do something crazy, would he? All I am saying is that by the end of this book Leo is going to be a new Leo. Another main character in this book is named Bree. This girl is good girl brought up with a mother that is very over-protective and will hardly let Bree go out with her boy friend. Then until one night something happens that changes her perspective on life and her mother over-protectivness. Then some how, some way their worlds meet in a very unexpected way.
The Long Night of Leo and Bree is a very good book for teen people and even people older. But you should most definitly have a mature mind. The book makes you feel like your there, witnessing everything that goes on. I love this book because i love how it is written. The author Ellen Wittlinger wrote this book in two different worlds. There is a world in Leo's perspective and Bree's perspective. It is really cool! She also creates great moods and feelings that makes you want to keep flipping the pages. I absolutely love this book!
The long night of Leo and Breeis a heart-throbbing, suspencful, and intense kind of book. I recommend this book to anyone over 12 and a mature teen. If you want to read a more exciting book then this book is for you!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Traci D. Haley on October 27, 2002
Format: Hardcover
On the one year anniversary of his sister's brutal murder, Leo finds himself going slightly mad, along with his mother, who has never been the same since. Rather than stay in the house with his mom, Leo goes out driving and when he spots Bree, a rich kid who decided to take a walk on the wrong side of town, he wonders why she lived and his sister didn't. In a fit of insanity, Leo takes Bree hostage and plans to kill her, but when he and Bree begin to talk, he finds his saving grace.
Ellen Wittlinger, author of Razzle and Hard Love, tackles a tough subject with this book and pulls it off quite well. The story itself is very short - just over 100 pages long. Almost the entire book is dialogue, and it takes place in only a couple settings. It's a quick read, but rather grim material. If you're looking for a happy ending, don't read this one! I enjoyed reading The Long Night of Leo and Bree, and my only complaint is I would have liked it to be longer - I'd love to find out what happened afterwards!
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Format: Paperback
This review has been crossposted from my blog at The Cosy Dragon.com. Please head there for more in-depth reviews by me, which appear on a timely schedule.

It's been 4 years since Leo's sister was killed by her boyfriend. Leo is still haunted by the sight, and his mother is out of her mind. Bree leads a boring life in comparison, but when she heads out to a bar, and finds herself lost, confronted by Leo and threatened with murder.

The back of this novel is very misleading. This is not romance. It's a horrible night for them both, but it has the potential to lead to positive things. I'm not sure exactly what though.

I felt along with the characters, I felt Bree's terror and Leo's confusion. I found myself being disturbed by what was happening, and not wanting to put the novel down for fear of something happening while I wasn't looking!

At the same time, I couldn't feel the same connection with both characters. Leo has so much depth, while Bree seems like a simple rich girl. I guess that's her role, but surely Wittlinger could have picked a better antagonist? Or at least make me feel some sympathy for her. If I had thought it would make Leo feel better, I would have told him to kill her.

I purchased this novel because I've enjoyed Wittlinger's novels in the past. It has nothing on Parrotfish, but is really much better than Hard Love. That's not to say it's perfect though, or anything other than a quick, worth-reading-once, novel. Don't bother buying it unless you're determined to collect everything from this author, just borrow it from the library to make up your mind yourself. I'd recommend this for mature teenage readers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "ad0rkable" on September 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Imagine your sister being brutally murdered by her boyfriend and everything changing so fast, you didn't even have the chance to blink. That's what happened for Leo. It's the fourth anniversary of her death and he can't get the images of her being stabbed out of his head. Especially with his mother in a rage and showing him the pictures over and over. So he flees into his car and drives until he sees Bree, in her short skirt, high heels, and ruby red lipstick. In a rage, Leo kidnaps Bree, persistent that she should have been the one to die, not his beautiful and perfect sister. . What happens the following night changes the way both Bree and Leo look at things. I loved the emotion in this book because it felt so real. One thing, I didn't understand was why Bree didn't report Leo when he kidnapped her. For all she knew, he could of done these type of things to everyone. Other than that, this book was great.
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More About the Author

Ellen Wittlinger is the author of fifteen YA and middle-grade novels. Her novel Hard Love won both a Printz Honor Award and a Lambda Literary Award. Her books have been on numerous ALA Best Books lists, Bank Street College of Education lists and state award lists. Ellen has won state awards in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. Her work has been translated into many other languages including Turkish, Croatian and Korean. She has taught at Emerson College in Boston and in the Simmons College Writing for Children MFA program.