Overview of the book: Light The Night takes place on Halloween night where a rebellious teenager prowls the streets of a small town in search of adventure with his friend Milo. The boys go from place to place, getting up to no good, but eventually, strange things begin to happen with Milo. Both boys where once great friends, but they drifted apart for a couple of years. At least in our protagonist's mind, they have not been on talking terms for the last three years since a tragic event took place, this day, three years ago on Halloween night. See, Milo is dead, and he appears every Halloween as his soul is stuck between worlds. Given the veil is the thinnest on this night, Milo uses this day to return and relive the night all over again with his living friend. In our protagonist's mind, Milo is not dead as he has not yet come to terms with the loss of his best friend. He merely saw the absence as a high school phase where friends ignore one another. However, tonight he begins to let the facade he has built to protect him from the truth, crack. From the outside world, our protagonist is the only one who can see Milo, and by the end, he comes to terms with what happened, and a trail of destruction he has left behind.
On this night, three years ago after collecting candy. Two, 10-year-old boys walked home after canvassing the block only to be led off course by a bunch of bullies. To avoid the troublemakers, the two boys decide to walk the railway line to cut around them when tragedy strikes. As he is playing around Milo fall's when messing by a track switch and his foot gets jammed in the switch, crushing foot and ankle. Except, it is followed by a train a few minutes later, which severs his leg from the shinbone. As our frightened protagonist runs for help, Milo is left to bleed out resulting in his death. This story is not so much about the graphicness of the situation, but the spiritual connection with his dead best friend in our protagonist's memory. The story is about the healing process in a sense but has a slight paranormal feel to it. I should mention that our protagonist goes around town, causing mayhem with his friend, like stealing and breaking into a school. Just the entire experience is in his head, and the ghost of Milo nobody else can see but him. As the book goes on, in the physical world, my protagonist is 13; however, in his mind, he is reliving the same night as a ten-year-old, dressed as a ghoul and everything in his split reality.
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