Breaking Night

by

Liz Murray

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Bobby Character Analysis

Bobby is another good friend of Liz’s; as with Sam, he meets Liz when Liz begins going to a new school. While Liz doesn’t provide much detail about Bobby’s personality, she writes that she often crashed at Bobby’s house during her teen years. In general, Bobby comes across as a cheerful, incredibly generous young man. At the end of the memoir, Liz reports that he’s studying to be a nurse—a career path which makes sense, considering his kind, giving nature.
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Bobby Character Timeline in Breaking Night

The timeline below shows where the character Bobby appears in Breaking Night. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5: Stuck
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...sixth grade. Liz is an outsider. However, a Latina girl named Samantha and her friend, Bobby, are nice to her. Over the next few weeks, Samantha, or Sam, shows Liz around... (full context)
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...idea what to say. Instead, she spends more time away from home, with Sam and Bobby. She also stops going to school, but manages to erase any voicemails from the truancy... (full context)
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...makes new friends, including a girl named Jamie, at whose house she sometimes crashes. She, Bobby, and Sam perform a strange “experiment”—they microwave a light bulb, and learn that this results... (full context)
Chapter 6: Boys
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...out in the middle of the night. Other times, the friends spend the night at Bobby’s house. (full context)
Chapter 7: Breaking Night
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The next morning, Liz and Sam go to Bobby’s house. Bobby lets them inside and tells them to be out by three-thirty, when his... (full context)
Chapter 10: The Wall
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...been staying at a “group home” in the Bronx. Liz next goes to stay with Bobby, and spends the next few days bouncing between various friends’ houses. At Bobby’s house, she... (full context)
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...he also asks Liz for some money. She gives him money that she’s borrowed from Bobby. (full context)
Epilogue
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...in Wisconsin. Lisa is a college graduate and works as a schoolteacher for autistic kids. Bobby is studying to be a nurse; he’s the father of two children. Liz is close... (full context)