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Praise for Little & Lion:
"Brandy Colbert further establishes herself as one of contemporary YA's biggest talents in this thoughtful and thought-provoking examination of identity, loyalty, and what it means to live with integrity. Little & Lion is a stunningly good novel."―Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken
"On the surface, this is a great book that beautifully navigates the elaborate landscapes of sexual orientation and mental health issues. But as I read on, I found myself deeply connected with Suzette, who is gorgeously depicted in all her complexities. This is a book and a protagonist I will long remember."―Bill Konigsberg, award-winning author of Openly Straight and Honestly Ben
"Brandy Colbert takes us on an emotional and gorgeous journey with a protagonist who is trying to figure out where she fits in with her family as well as in the world. A book full of overwhelming love and courage."―Sara Farizan, author of Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
* "This superbly written novel teems with meaningful depth, which is perfectly balanced by romance and the languorous freedom of summer."―Booklist, starred review
* "A moving, diverse exploration of the challenges of growing up and the complicated nature of loyalty."―School Library Journal, starred review
* "Colbert sensitively confronts misconceptions about mental illness, bisexuality, and intersectional identity....A vibrantly depicted Los Angeles."―Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "From the threads of love and romance, to redefining family life, readers of all walks of life will find an entry point to this title."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"A moving and well-realized examination of secrecy, trust, and intimacy."―Publishers Weekly
" Hand [Little & Lion] to readers who like thoughtful, edgy stories with no easy answers."―VOYA
"With compelling honesty, Colbert portrays Suzette's evolving understanding of her sexuality, Lionel's longing for self-sufficiency alongside the challenges of his mental illness, and the difficulty of shifting familial relationships."―Horn Book --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B01N6DCOTV
- Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (August 8, 2017)
- Publication date : August 8, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 4593 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 353 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0316349011
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #298,158 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school, and tries to settle into life with her blended family. Her stepbrother Lionel has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and she wants to be there for him. Rejoining her family serves as a pleasant distraction from having to think about what happened at school.
As the summer progresses, it becomes clear that Lionel is struggling with his issues, which places Suzette in an awkward position. Should she tell her parents what she knows or should she keep her brother’s secrets?
Little & Lion touches upon so many relevant themes in modern American society. Suzette and her mother are African American, and Lionel and his father are Jewish. So their blended family is truly a melding of race and religion, and not the stereotypical Brady Bunch situation with two families joining together. Sexuality is also a major theme: Suzette is bisexual, and over the course of the book, experiences romantic feelings for both boys and girls. Of course, there’s also the issue of mental illness; Lionel is portrayed as a very realistic character, and he doesn’t want to be defined by his diagnosis.
I would absolutely recommend Little & Lion. Young adult books are so much better now than they were in the 1990s when I was a teen. I am always amazed by the depth of the books, the multicultural perspectives available nowadays, and the quality of the writing. This book will appeal to the target demographic as well as fans of young adult genre. I am certainly looking forward to reading more from Colbert in the future.
1. Diversity. As far as representation goes, I hope Little & Lion becomes the rule. Its characters are authentic and intersectional and exceptional, written with nuance and care. This book's a must-read for contemporary YA fans.
2. Suzette! She has moments of relatable doubt about who she is and who she wants to be, but mostly she's strong and steadfast and awesome.
3. Focus on family. Suzette and Lionel have the best parents. They're supportive and loving and appreciative of their kids' unique qualities, but somehow, they never feel too perfect to be believable. Also, I adored Suzette and Lionel's relationship. They're not biologically related (they're not even legally step-siblings) but there's so much love and loyalty between them. I was constantly moved by the scenes they shared.
I'll definitely read more from this author.
Before anyone jumps in to yell at me, yes, there is plenty of good to be said about this book. That's why I gave it two stars, instead of just one. But ultimately when I think about it, I can’t avoid a sour tang of disappointment that once again, this was the only thing to be said about the mentally ill character. And I know. It’s a true story, and an all too common one. But. Does that really mean it’s the only story to tell? I mean, if you want to talk about going off meds, show how hard it is to stand up and do it openly. Talk about how dehumanizing the label "noncompliant" is. Show the ways a person with a mental illness and their family can try to manage without medication. Something, anything.
I get it, I do. Lion’s mental illness wasn’t the point of the book. But it was _A_ point. And loading it on Little was a coercive, abusive thing to do. And I’m tired of seeing that, too.
I don’t know. I wanted to love this book so much. But instead I just feel let down.