Book Review: The Long Night of Leo and Bree

Student Reviewer: Samantha T. – Grade 8

The long night of Leo and Breeby Ellen Wittlinger
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2002
Pages: 111
Genre: Realistic fiction 

Summary: Leo is a teenage boy who is still recovering from the death of his older sister Michelle and Bree is a teenage girl who doesn’t want to be controlled by her parents or her boyfriend anymore. When Leo has a fight with his mom and decides to go for a drive he comes across Bree who was going to a bar to show her parents and boyfriend she doesn’t need anyone to protect her, he thinks she looks like a hooker and thinks she should die and his sister should still be alive so he kidnaps her and locks her in his basement for 24 hours but then he realizes that he and Bree are not so different after all and let her go.

  • Did this book hold your attention?  Yes. 
  • Was the story what you expected? Were you disappointed? Surprised? The story was what i expected and I was surprised at how real the story felt. 
  • Do you think that the book was suitable for your age? Too violent, swearing, sex, etc.: I think that the book was suitable for my age but there was some graphic violence and swearing. 
  • Did you like/dislike the book? Why? I liked this book because while I was reading it felt so real and I also liked that it was in the point of view of the two characters.
  • Who would you recommend this book to, even if you disliked it? Give an example. I would recommend this book to teenagers who like mysterious and realistic fiction stories. 
  • Is this a stand-alone book, or is it part of a series? This book is a standalone book.
  • Does the cover art match the style of the book inside? The cover art of the book does match the style of the book.

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