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Publisher's Summary

A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author 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. LA 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.

©2017 Brandy Colbert (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"Colbert sensitively confronts misconceptions about mental illness, bisexuality, and intersectional identity.... A vibrantly depicted Los Angeles." ( Kirkus Reviews)
" Little and Lion is beautifully insightful, honest, and compassionate. Brandy's ability to find larger meaning in small moments is nothing short of dazzling." ( New York Times best-selling author Nicola Yoon)

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Pleasantly Surprised — 5 Stars

I’m not particularly huge on intersectional viewpoints in general. In many cases, there seems to be an agenda that is forced upon the reader rather than a natural evolution of storytelling that unfolds. But with all biases aside, I have to admit this was a remarkably written novel.

As someone who struggles with Bipolar II Disorder, like Lionel does, it portrays an honest look into the life of someone with this mental illness. Colbert allures and intrigues her audience through great storytelling, and somehow elicits multiple emotional responses with the turn of each page.

You care about these characters and what they’re going through, regardless of your background or political disposition. Why? Because it’s never forced in the way you might expect with a story such as this.

Whether you enjoy fiction, struggle with mental illness, or know someone who does, this will be welcomed by all types of people from all walks of life. I definitely recommend this novel to anyone thinking about picking it up.

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good mental health perspective, BUT

the ending did not work well.

I'm also unsure about the portrayal of bisexuality here.

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Charming - Modern Teen Fiction

I'm bout sure this book is supposed to be teen fiction but it should be and should be on high school reading lists. The characters are decently developed and relatable and the introduction of liberal identity politics in an accessible manner is really good. If my child were 14 or older I would totally give it to him to read.

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ya realistic contemporary

This book had a lot to unpack. There was a lot of positive poc rep, bi, gay and pansexual rep. Teens doing realistic stuff parents act like they don't, and a lot of identity and microaggressions an afro-latinx like me really related to.

It also dealt with non-conventional siblings(one white, one black) and them dealing with one of them going off their meds for bipolar disorder.

It wasnt a perfect book but it was a great plot and narrated really well!

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Important story, brilliant voice acting.

Lots of important issues in this story, treated with thoughtfulness. Lovely story with lovely characters. Prose-wise it's nothing special, just run of the mill YA writing style. But the voice acting was one of the best I've heard.

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