Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert


When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.

I think books like this one prove that the YA genre is intricate and relevant and great for both teens and adults.

Little & Lion was jam-packed with social issues; it dealt with sexuality, race, mental illness, non-traditional families, religion, etc. Sometimes, I felt like it was too much, but most of the time, each issue was handled accurately, delicately, and honestly.

I loved the Suzette (Little) and Lionel (Lion) and their relationship. The flashbacks showed you how they used to be, how they became siblings and best friends, and how Lion's bipolar diagnosis affected their bond. The romantic relationships they each had made me want to keep reading, but sometimes, again, it was too much. I wish there was a little less focus on that and more focus on their sibling relationship. But overall, the novel balanced all the relationships and the social issues pretty well.

I definitely plan on reading more by Brandy Colbert, and I hope everyone picks up this book!

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