A Stonewall Book Award Winner!
"Little and Lion is beautifully insightful, honest, and compassionate. Brandy's ability to find larger meaning in small moments is nothing short of dazzling."-Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything
A stunning novel on love, identity, loss, and redemption.
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she's isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (as well as 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 himselfor worse.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown Books for Young Readers|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Brandy Colbert was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri. Her debut novel, Pointe, won the 2014 Cybils Award for young adult fiction and was named a best book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and more. She was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for spring 2014. She is also the author of Little & Lion, which was a Junior Library Guild and a Book of the Month Club selection, and Finding Yvonne. Brandy lives in Los Angeles and works as a copy editor.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book! I didn't think it was possible to find a book as beautifully diverse as this one. It's so hard to put down, this book is what got me back into reading after I had given up on reading for fun, because nothing grabbed my attention enough for me to finish it.
This is a beautiful, powerful book about family, siblings, mental illness, and identity. Searingly honest and compassionate, Brandy Colbert digs deep into the loving but complicated relationship between the two siblings at the heart of the book, Suzette and her brother, Lionel. This book hit me hard and I could not put it down. One of my favorites of 2017, for sure.
Great insight, compassionately written, places you in the hearts and minds of each family member and friend as they learn to live with Lionel’s mental illness and His sister’s sexual identity Great insight, compassionately written, places you in the hearts and minds of each family member and friend as they learn to live with Lionel’s mental illness and his sister’s sexual identity.
I was a huge fan of Brandy Colbert’s first novel, POINTE, and I loved LITTLE & LION just as much. The novel touches beautifully on so many different things—sexuality, mental health, race, family—and I enjoyed every moment of it.
Little & Lion is one of those books that going into it, you think you’re getting one thing, but what you end up getting is so much more. Not only did I get the beautiful and moving sibling story that I was hoping for, but I also got a wonderfully diverse story that explored many important and relevant topics, such as sexuality, mental illness, racism, and much more. In that way, Little & Lion packs a big punch. I loved how Colbert portrayed the sibling dynamic between Suzette (nicknamed Little by Lionel) and her step brother Lionel (nicknamed Lion by Suzette). They are incredibly close, so close in fact, that Suzette was sent away to boarding school when Lionel was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder because her parents knew Suzette would never be able to focus on her school work and her own life because she would be so distraught watching Lionel suffer. When she comes home for summer break, Suzette can immediately sense a strain in her relationship with Lionel and wonders how he is really doing. I loved that Suzette was that tuned in to what her brother was going through. On the flip side of that, I loved that Lionel, even though he is trying to deal with his illness, still tries to do whatever he can to make things as normal as possible between him and Suzette. Little moments like the two of them hanging out in their old treehouse were just so sweet. They may be step siblings and only related through marriage, but Little and Lion are truly family through and through. In addition to this wonderful sibling relationship, Little & Lion is also an incredibly diverse book. Suzette is black, Jewish, and she is also bisexual. As I’ve already mentioned, Lionel has bipolar disorder. Suzette’s childhood friend and potential love interest, Emil, is black/Korean and he is also hearing impaired due to Meniere’s Disease, while another potential love interest for Suzette, Rafaela, identifies as pansexual, and Suzette’s best friend is a lesbian. I was thrilled to see so much diversity, and I especially liked the way Colbert didn’t make it feel like she was just checking off boxes. All of these characters were complex and authentic. They didn’t feel like stock characters or stereotypes. My only complaint is that I would have liked a bit more about Lionel. Since the story is told from Suzette’s perspective, we only see him through her eyes. As much as I loved the story as it was written, I think it would have been a 5 star read for me if there were chapters from Lionel’s perspective. Still a beautiful and relevant read though. 4 STARS