Author: Brandy Colbert
Genre: Young Adult/Fiction
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. – Goodreads
Emotions run high in this one!
From the teenage angst to the bipolar disorder to the blended family this book made me feel. I wanted to jump into the pages to hug Suzette and tell her everything would be okay. Suzette and Lionel’s struggle of figuring out their true identities will strongly resonate with young adult readers.
I didn’t know much about bipolar disorder before reading Little & Lion, so I was learning as I read. It seemed that the disorder was described quite accurately.
Not only is Suzette trying to understand Lionel’s diagnosis and be there for him, she is also dealing with an inner battle of her own. Since going off to boarding school in Massachusetts, Suzette has realized that she might be bisexual. Or a lesbian. Or who knows?! She desperately wants to define her sexual preference.
The troubled characters, short chapters and crescendo of excitement leading up to the height of the plot will keep you reading. I read this book in a day!
I couldn’t put it down.
I highly recommend this book to any YA reader; it’s informational, easy to relate to and portrays the true importance of support from family and friends.
My Next Read,
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena