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Little & Lion

Little & Lion

Book - 2017
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"Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and grapples with her bisexual identity when she and her brother Lionel fall in love with the same girl, pushing Lionel's bipolar disorder to spin out of control and forcing Suzette to confront her own demons"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316349000
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 22 cm


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KyCCL Jun 26, 2020

This book covers a lot - sexuality, mental health, teen friendships, family relationships, ... the list goes on. Because of the topics it can be more intense than you’d expect from the cover, but it’s just right for teen readers. I listened to the audiobook, which was superbly narrated, and I really enjoyed the whole story.

SClibrary_AmberAces Mar 04, 2019

A really thoughtful novel dealing with understanding sexual identity, micro-aggressions and family drama. It may seem like a light read but it deals with some very deep concepts. A great diverse read.

Jan 11, 2018

I enjoyed this book and am glad that I read it, even more so when I discovered that the author was born and raised in Springfield, MO. I loved discovering local(-ish) authors!

Jul 16, 2017

I didn't know what I was getting into when I started Little & Lion. The synopsis gave me some indication that this book was going to be about sexuality and mental illness, but I wasn't anticipating the intensity that Colbert puts into this story. I haven't read Pointe yet, but I had only heard amazing things about Brandy Colbert's characters and her writing.

Little & Lion was slow going for me. Not because it was a bad story, but because it is an emotionally exhausting and rewarding story. Little's narrative is very heartbreaking, sometimes tough to read. She cares a lot for Lionel, especially when it comes to how his mental illness has transformed him. You see bits and pieces of his character's evolution and at times it feels hard to read.

I also loved the way Colbert explored Little's sexuality and being bisexual. I think showing her conflicting romantic feelings was done in a very sensitive way, and it was easy to emphasize with Little's emotions throughout the story. Between iris, Rafela, and Emil, you see three different kinds of romantic feelings throughout the story, and Little's connection to each person hints at a bigger picture in regards to her understanding her bisexuality. I felt like I knew each of her love interests very well when I was reading this story.

I liked Saul as a character as well, and I think he gets some great development with Little in terms of helping her understanding her sexuality, her connection to Judaism, and her family life. He doesn't make things easy, somewhat overreacts, but does it entirely out of love. Family as a theme in this story is just spectacularly done here, and you see the emotionally drain that Lionel does put on his family. This isn't shied away from, which I appreciated so much.

This book is emotional, it's intense, it's thoughtful, and it leaves you thinking long after the story is over. Little & Lion has a lot to offer for those who lover tougher contemporary YA. It only has solidified that I need to get off my butt and check out Pointe.


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