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The Long Night of Leo and Bree

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  330 ratings  ·  45 reviews
NOBODY SHOULD HAVE A NIGHT LIKE THIS. 8:30 P.M.: It's been four years since Michelle was killed. Leo can't stand to be at home with his mom -- she's crazy with rage. He's got anger of his own and pictures of his dead sister he can't get out of his head. 9:00 P.M.: Bree parks her mom's car and locks the doors. She's in a bad part of town, but she knows the bar has to be aro ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Simon Pulse (first published March 1st 2002)
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Nick
There is a few reasons that I loved this book. One reason is because the book can teach you a few things about how you can't just go walk around cities by yourself when you don't know them. Another is how anyone can seem crazy but once you get to know them they can seem pretty cool. The reason I mention this is because Leo takes Bree hostage and it first he seems crazy, but if you keep reading you realize that he's not really crazy he just hasn't faced his sister's death, and he doesn't know how ...more
Mike
Ellen Wittlinger, I'm finding, isn't an author that I'm going to consistently enjoy. I really loved Parrotfish, but I was mildly disappointed in Sandpiper, and I'm very disappointed in this. Wittlinger is capable of being good, I'm certain of it, but this was far from her best work. And it's really a shame, because Wittlinger had a great premise, and she could've done something great with it. Alas, it was not meant to be. Since I'm too lazy to string this into a proper review, here's a list of e ...more
Becka dittmann
I thought the book was pretty good. It was interesting and kept my attention. The book is always making you wonder what is going to happen next. It starts off with Leo and his mom arguing about his sister. Then another character comes in the story and her name is Bree. Bree and her mom arguing also. They both leave their house very upset and Leo thinks he has to make up for his sister’s death four years ago. He thinks since his sister was stabbed 57 times and had her throat slit, he had to do th ...more
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Zakk
Each day seems worse than the day before. Thats how i'd look at it if my sister or brother was murdered. It's one of the many pains of life that can't get a band-aid, a kiss, and it goes away. Accidents like this don't go away in a week. Sometimes it takes months and even years for the pain to go away. It'll even tear someone apart before it gets better or at least thats how it worked out with Leo. But then take a look from Bree's angle. Bree hates that everyone is on her back telling her what t ...more
Terry
Lately, there seems to be an uptick in the YA titles about kidnapping. Perhaps economic uncertainty leads teens to characters controlled by forces well beyond their command; perhaps it is just the inherent conflict and drama to be found in Girl, Stolen, Stolen: A letter to my captor,Living Dead Girl and What Happened to Cass Mcbride?. Even older titles (The Girl in the Box, When Jeff Comes Home) are seeing some traffic. This reminds me of April Henry's "Girl, Stolen" in that the narrative altern ...more
Bg
So this book is pretty much revolved around Leo, who's still dealing with the horror of his older sister being brutally murder by her boyfriend four years old. And Bree who is sick of her over protective parents and controlling boyfriend.
Leo wants to get away from his crazy grief stricken mother and Bree wants to do what she wants without having to be shielded every two seconds by all her rich friends. Leo and Bree meet up with a kidnapping because Leo thinks that she's a street walker trying to
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Alyssa
The Long Night of Leo and Bree gives an intesting look into the terrifying world of abduction. Leo is a severely damaged boy, still recovering from the murder of his beloved sister. Bree is a girl trying to escape her sheltered life. When their paths meet on the anniversary of the murder, an impulse drives Leo to take Bree's life into his own hands. Terrified, Bree decides to make an effort to save her own life by opening herself up to Leo. Perhaps if she shows him that she is a whole human bein ...more
Janie
Leo's sister was brutally murdered four years ago, and since then, his dad left and his mom went crazy (scary abusive psycho crazy). He's the one with the job, taking care of basic necessities such as food, and one night, when it get to be too much, he goes for a drive.

Bree is just a rich girl who wants to get out from under the controlling thumb of her mother and boyfriend. And one night, in a fit of rebellion, she goes for a walk on the “bad” side of town…

Told from alternate views, this is the
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Cathleen Ash
Leo's going nuts. His mother's screaming upstairs and yelling at him and he's hiding in the dark, on a couch, in the basement storage area of his apartment complex.
"Leo, come here this minute you worthless turd!" His mother screams out as Leo cowers on the couch. He knows she's just getting started, that it will get worse as the night progresses because of the date. It's the anniversary of his sister's pointless, brutal murder by her boyfriend. A boyfriend Leo didn't really like, but he backed u
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Lucy
Four years ago today, Leo's sister was brutally murdered. Since then, his family has fallen apart. His father left them, and his mother has gone mad with grief. Today, on the horrible anniversary, Leo needs to get out of the house and away from his mother.

Bree is sick of her controlling boyfriend and overbearing mother. She can’t take it any more. She heads for the bad part of town, determined to find a bar her boyfriend wouldn’t approve of and have a good time.

When Leo sees Bree walking alone,
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Sheila
The book The long night of Leo and Bree was very interesting. Where two completely different people meet in the middle. Leo a son of a crazy women and the brother of a murder victim, who strives to make it through another day. Bree A daughter of a wealthy family. They live in two different towns. I think the book was very interesting. It makes you think of how lucky that girl must have been.
Lindsay
This short book is pretty amazing. The two characters are very real and you can picture them easily. The story keeps you involved and it is literally one of those books that once you start you can't put down. When I finished reading it I really wished that it wasn't over. I want the story to keep going!!
Donovan
the first book i read this quarter was the long night of leo and bree.i thought it was a really good book. i think it was really good becauseit was about an incredibly anxious girl named leo tht wants to break free from her parents restraint.in order to fulfill her wish she goes out to a small town next to hers were she gets kidnapped by a man who wont tell her his name. after he keeps har hostage for the night they start to talk and become friends and he finally tells her his name and tells her ...more
Jodie Antoine
Was a great read. Very easy to finish and the plot line was quick. Great for reluctant readers.
Jen Sculli
This is a short, well written book about change and what it means to be "crazy". the story revolves around two main characters...Leo and Bree. Between the anniversary of the murder of his sister and his own's mother spiral downward, Leo reaches his breaking point and kidnaps Bree, a teenage girl who has had enough of her upper middle class life. Leo takes Bree back to his basement hide out and in a 24 hour period, both Bree and Leo experience insanity, and finally, bits of healing. This is an ea ...more
Robin Conley
I wasn't sure what this book was about at all, but I love Ellen Wittlinger so I bought it and started reading without looking at the back. It was a nice little surprise. The two stories collide in a fascinating way, and I think the two characters seem genuine. I felt for both of them, and I think the story unraveled nicely. I think the tension was also well kept, keeping me curious until the end to see what would happen. Definitely a dark, short read but well worth it if you like a bit of a dark ...more
Shannon
Aug 16, 2008 Shannon rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shannon by: Jessie Ulmer
"Why was this girl alive when my sister wasn't?"

Impressively portraying the extremeties and fearsome power of anger and mental stability after the death of a loved one, The Long Night of Leo and Bree illustrates how even when people sink to the lowest levels of animalism, we all still hold a fragment of humanity within us.
I was utterly and totally intrigued and taken with this short piece of literature, and recommend it to anyone who wonders why people are pushed off the edge into mental illness
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Anna Motteler
This may have been a short book, but I actually really enjoyed it.

This book shows you how hard it is for someone to lose someone, especially when they are immediate family. They can get extremely emotional and do some crazy things, like Leo did when he out of the blue decided to kidnap Bree. Bree also lost a sister when she was young, so the two of them can really hit it off. It shows you how even the smallest connection between people can make them hit it off instantly.
Briahna
I read the book The long night of Leo and Bree By: Ellen Wittlinger. I thought this was a very good book. It had alot of suspense in it and made you wonder what was going to happen next and thats what i liked about it. Leo kidnapped a girl reluctant and was planing on killing her but then he revised his plan and she ended up helping him. I sympathize for leo because he lost his sister. But over all i thought this was a very intersting book to read.
Antwonn
Jun 07, 2010 Antwonn marked it as to-read
Shelves: good-reads
this is a cool and spooky book and i really liked it because it had a little scary part to it.people will liable this book a lot. Also this book characters are soo funny. Also if there was a movie they would be great actors. I hope there will be a movie about this book because it is soo ecststic. Also it will evolve aroung because how it is soo funny. People might think it is a fallacy because of the cover looks soo fake.
Lacey Meier
Sometimes the shortest of books make the biggest kind of impact. I think if I were thirteen and reading this book, I would have put it down with tears in my eyes, wandering about life and what it would bring for me. Now, as an adult reading this book, I am forced to think about being a teenager and all the drama that comes with it. I enjoyed the read and I think that Ellen Wittlinger writes with such raw passion.
Sabrina Marie
i finished bleeding violet and grabbed this one for a one night quickie. and that it was. i finished it in one night. that was very enjoyable sine the book takes place in one night. it's the play by play views from an abductor and his abductee. i loved it. just deep enough to get engrossed in the characters, but not too deep for the short read that it is. a must read for a night with some time to kill.
Alex
This book was recommended to me by a YA patron at Renton Public Library and while "urban" fiction is not typically my thing I gave it a go. Short book but it tells an amazing story that anyone with a screwed up past and/or crazy parents could identify with. And unlike many YA novels today, it's well written. Tense with well drawn characters I would recommend this book to any YA fiction reader.
Meaghan
Oct 04, 2007 Meaghan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
I think I would have liked this book if I hadn't read Robert Cormier's book Tenderness first. As it was, The Long Night of Leo and Bree gave me a bad taste in my mouth. I don't know if it really was, but it SEEMED like a total Tenderness ripoff (only with a happier ending). I couldn't feel for either of the characters -- especially Bree -- and the ending was not believable.
Becki
I liked The Long Night of Leo and Bree a lot, but I don't have very much to say about it. It was certainly interesting and more than a little bit unsettling. I didn't quite know how to feel about the characters during the book. I thought they were very dynamic. It's a short book, so it's a pretty quick read and definitely worth it!
Vicki
Jul 07, 2012 Vicki rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
It's the 4th anniversary of Leo's sisters murder. He is drunk & insane. Leo picks up a girl-a girl hooker who he feels should have been murdered instead of his sister Michelle & in the insaneness of his world he threatens to kill his hostage Bree. But Bree has lost a sister too and her family has also been forever changed. Great
Morgan Gaffney
This book, though short, was packed with drama, fear, and raw emotion. I was looking for a quick read, and though I found it, I wasn't expecting so much out of a novel that barely breaks a hundred pages. Every word was crucial and well used. There were so many twists and turns, not a single page was a disappointment.
Aletse
This book was kind of weird but good. It's about a boy name Leo and he kidnaps a girl named Bree. He takes her to his basement and blindfolds her and doesn't let her go until the next day. It was a good book but I thought it was weird because he kidnaps her.
Sue
i needed a quick read and we have a lot of wittlinger in the library. i actually liked this book. it dealt with the subject matter really well. i do wonder if they ever connected after...a sequel? i will recommend her books more now that i have read her.
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Ellen Wittlinger is the critically acclaimed author of the teen novels Heart on My Sleeve, The Long Night of Leo and Bree, Razzle, What's in a Name, and Hard Love (an American Library Association Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a Lambda Literary Award winner, and a Booklist Editors' Choice). She has a bachelor's degree from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, and an M.F.A. from the University ...more
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