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Little & Lion
Little & Lion | Brandy Colbert
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A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Brandy ColbertWhen 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.
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️: Solid read, but hard to believe these characters were so mature.

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erank58
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For #pridemonth, I wanted to share two of my favorite books featuring #bisexual characters (LaCour's much more subtle than Colbert's, but still worth mentioning). I cannot stress enough that healthy bi representation--like ALL representation--is so important today, especially in YA literature. I think we've seen a steady increase in books breaking stereotypes of all degrees, and I only hope it continues 💪#repmatters

Chrissyreadit ❤️🥰❤️ 3mo
BlameJennyJane Amen! 3mo
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SW-T
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Suzette (Little) returns from boarding school for the summer and everything is different...including her. She realizes she likes both guys and girls, including a girl her brother Lionel (Lion) also likes. Plus, Lion isn‘t himself. He‘s off his meds, drinking, acting a bit off. Little thinks she should tell her mom and stepdad, but Lion says if she does, they won‘t be friends or family anymore. How can she protect her brother from himself?

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CandiReadsBooks
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Little & Lion is an uplifting novel on teenagers dealing with sexuality and mental health. Little has to navigate through her sexuality and Lion has to navigate through his mental health issues. These are tough issues to deal with as a teenager, but the novel gets it right without feeling gimmicky.

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makingitupdaily
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This was a short but intense read. There‘s a lot going on in the story, covering tough topics like race, sexuality, and mental illness. I really appreciated the main character being bi and the exploration of that. It was very well done.

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CaliforniaCay
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This one wasn't as good as I thought it was going to be but it was still pretty entertaining. The main character is a black female teen with dreads and a septum ring who is coming to terms with her bisexuality after her first fling with a girl ended in humiliation. But she begins to move on and accept the truth after falling for a girl who her bipolar brother has also fallen for. How could I not dive in after hearing that description?!

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Lovesbooks87
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Just used my last two #botm credits. Now to decide if I want to renew my membership when it comes up for renewal next month.

Ashley_Nicoletto I loved Little and Lion. 11mo
Lovesbooks87 @Ashley_Nicoletto yay! I passed on it when it first came out but I have been reading a lot of YA lately so I thought I would check it out! 11mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @Lovesbooks87 I feel like it got mixed reviews back then but I enjoyed it. Hopefully you do too! 11mo
razmanda LOVED Little and Lion! 11mo
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tomcat
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I very much enjoyed this fabulous book, written from the point of view of Little, the little sister in a blended family of Black, White and Jewish. Her brother Lionel (aka Lion) has been diagnosed as having bipolar disorder and she is wondering if she is bisexual.
I can't stress enough how well this book captures these issues within these characters.
I had a Boy Scout who Lion reminded me of. The process of his discovery was very similar.

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book_princessBritt
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1. Probably Lilo & Stitch 2. French Fries 3. Hamilton musical 4. Little & Lion 5. I‘ll try but I‘m bad at talking sometimes #friyayintro @jesshowbooks

jfalkens I love Lilo & Stitch too! 13mo
thewallflower0707 Hamilton is always fitting! 13mo
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MLVReads
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Didn‘t realize I had this book for a whole year before picking it up!

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book_princessBritt
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‘Emil smiles a familiar smile, one that I‘ve seen too often on my mom and Saul and Emil‘s parents-black and Jewish and Korean, every one of us all too aware of the stupid things people say without thinking. A smile that says the only alternative is screaming with rage.‘

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theshrinkette
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Popping on here to let y'all know that one of my favorite YA's from last year is on sale! Gorgeous coming-of-age story. #queerlit #diversebooks

https://www.amazon.com/Little-Lion-Brandy-Colbert-ebook/dp/B01N6DCOTV?keywords=L...

kgriffith Thanks, it was on my TBR! 14mo
WhatDeeReads Even though that new cover is eh at best. 14mo
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TheLibrarian
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Great #ebookdeal for this young adult book.

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gina.b.hooked
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A solidly diverse YA novel. I appreciated the sexuality and race representation featured in this story. Lion's mental illness was portrayed well and wasn't an over the top, dramatized telling. It made me feel that the author has really experienced having a loved one with bi-polar as her description of the ups, downs and mania were spot on.

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MaggieCarr
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Suzette (Little) is an African-American teen who's step brother, Lionel (Lion) is a red headed Jewish teen with bipolar disorder. Suzette is still coming into her own sexuality and trying to decide if she wants to label herself after facing some bullies boarding school. While home for the summer, Suzette, learns they are attracted to the same girl and similtaniously she may also have feelings for a long time male friend. Some drug use & language.

SaturnDoo I read this a couple months ago and really enjoyed it 😊👍 1y
MaggieCarr Any others you'd recommend @SaturnDoo ? 1y
SaturnDoo @MaggieCarr What genres are you looking for? I probably have a few recs to offer you 😁 1y
MaggieCarr I read everything :) 1y
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vlwelser
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I really liked this one. It is a great YA pick. I finished this at like 6am. Wednesday holidays are weird. 💖📚

#HappyJuly4th #freedomforall

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Didn't quite meet my expectations, but I liked it! I loved how effortlessly diversity was integrated: a black bisexual Jewish MC, with multiple supporting characters of different ethnicities, sexualities, and abilities. I also liked how the story focused on a relationship between step-siblings. But I never felt like I really got to know or understand any of the characters well; even Suzette the protagonist remained a bit of a mystery to me.

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ReadingSusan
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I loved this book! Suzette was a great MC who struggles with figuring out who she is through a haze of family, friend and relationship conflict. It is so hard to grow up and be responsible.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Finally digging into this #YA book on my day off today after reading only the first chapter last week. Really interesting characters so far!
#BlackBooks
#QueerBooks

Reviewsbylola I enjoyed this one a lot. The characters felt very authentic. 1y
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blondie
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I was gonna clean and fold laundry, but I got cozy on the couch with a bowl of scalloped potatoes, my current read and KitKat. Now I don't want to get back up.

wanderinglynn Aw, what a cutie! ❤️🐱 1y
TheFunkyBookworm Bah- cleaning and laundry will always be there! Enjoy the coziness! 📚💜 1y
blondie @TheFunkyBookworm Exactly what I was thinking! 😝 1y
robinb She‘s a beauty! 1y
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blondie
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💜💜

LoverofLit That little mushroom face light 😍 1y
Carolhreads Omg so cute !!!!!!!! I want !! Lol 1y
GypsyKat So cute! 1y
maich 😍😍😍 1y
SassyBookworm That is too cute!!! 😍 1y
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GeekGirlOnAQuest
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I really loved this book. It deals with a lot of tough topics but the characters are so vibrant and real I actually found myself wondering about them when I wasn‘t reading the book. It‘s a story about family, and identity, and how love and loyalty can sometimes put us in difficult situations. It wasn‘t perfect, but the positive aspects far outweigh any flaws it may have.

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blondie
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My favorite things.
My boyfriend, video games and reading. 💜
All that's missing in this is my cat. :)

Trashcanman 🙂 1y
knittedgnome We do that alot too! All (teen included) in the same room doing different things. 1y
blondie @knittedgnome It's so nice and relaxing! :) 1y
AmyG Ha! Same here. I am always either reading or Litsy and the hubby is watching sports or on his laptop. Add our cat. 1y
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Ddzmini
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A really moving story about siblings and the difficulty of mental health. #YAWednesday @TheFunkyBookworm 📖😋

TheFunkyBookworm Stacked! Thank you! 💜 1y
cfhjgg Sounds interesting 🤔 gonna read it. 1y
blondie I'm reading this right now ♡ 1y
Ddzmini @TheFunkyBookworm your welcome, @thewaterproofcomet hope you like it 😋, @blondie 😋📖awesome 1y
cfhjgg @Ddzmini thank you 😀 1y
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blondie
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🖤🖤🖤

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DyAnne
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BOTM box arrived today! I‘m glad they have some YA. Got “When Katie Met Cassidy” because Samantha Irby chose it.

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ShidotheCat
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“It‘s easy to think you know what you‘d do if you were in a certain position until you find yourself there, feeling completely lost.”

Little & Lion was a fantastic read! Dealt with a lot of issues on top of stating a lot of thoughtful phrases and scenarios~~~

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MsLeah8417
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This book is a solid 3.5 🌟 🌟🌟 .5 😊. I enjoyed the characters and subject matter discussed in the quick moving tale.

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MsLeah8417
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“When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England she doesn‘t want to go back.”

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ReadingSusan
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Here is my @DeweysReadathon stack! I also have two audiobooks and some ebooks. I am actually going to try to stay up all 24 hours this time. I have never been able to but that‘s my goal this year.

Sophoclessweetheart Good luck! X 1y
Beachesnbooks Looks like a great stack! 1y
CoverToCoverGirl I haven‘t picked my books yet! 😳 ... still time though. 1y
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TheRomantiCate Crooked Kingdom!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
ReadingSusan @Beachesnbooks thanks. I need some graphic novels to round it out but haven‘t been able to find any. 1y
ReadingSusan @CoverToCoverGirl in last years I haven‘t even picked any out prior to the day and just read from my shelves. 1y
ReadingSusan @TheRomantiCate I just need to finish up my reread of Six of Crowd before Saturday! 1y
TheRomantiCate @ReadingSusan I am obsessed with Six of Crows... I‘ve not gotten to Crooked Kingdom yet... I‘m saving it for a long road trip in June, but I‘m always so excited when I see other people with books I love 😜 1y
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HeathersReadingHideaway
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[#BookReview] Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. This is such a great coming of age story about sexuality, mental illness, family, and love. I did have a few issues with the story but overall I am really happy I read this book! Have you read Little & Lion?
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

My full review:
http://heathersreadinghideaway.blogspot.com/2018/04/book-review-little-lion-by-b...

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LiteraryinLititz
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This was an enjoyable and worthwhile (if not earth-shattering) YA read that touched on issues of identity, evolving sexuality, mental health, and family dynamics in a blended family. I felt that a lot of the interactions seemed natural and authentic. The main character Suzette (whose brother calls her Little) was easy to root for. I also loved that the parents were well developed which isn‘t always the case in YA.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘ve heard good things about this one on booktube. Stacked! 2y
LisaJo I love your book cozy. Look at those foxes with glasses. 🦊 👓 2y
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vkois88
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Suzette (Little) is a teenager who is sent to boarding school when her best friend & stepbrother, Lionel (Lion) gets diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. When she comes home for the summer, a lot has changed. Suzette has to deal with trying to figure out her sexuality, and what happens when Lion goes off his meds. This book had a strong start, but then kinda fell flat for me. 3.5🌟

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Samwise_Gamgee
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Sunday afternoon view #currentlyreading

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GirlMeetsBook
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My workstation this weekend as I complete the comprehensive exam for my MLIS program. In the midst of the Nor‘easter, I found refuge in a friend‘s apartment as I attempt to prove my worth as a librarian. 🤓 wish me luck!

Tamra Good luck!! 2y
Smrloomis 🤞🏽 hope it goes well! 2y
LiteraryinLititz You can do it! 2y
LauraBrook Good luck - you got this, girl! 2y
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SqueakGirl
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I admire author Brandy Colbert for handling a lot of emotional and serious topics in this book without leaving any of them feeling underdeveloped. Suzette was a really great character, and I felt the author really fleshed her out well so that we always understood where Suzette's choices came from and why. Her actions never felt contrived. Also the family dynamic in this book is so sweet and refreshing.

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JamieArc
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This book. I can‘t figure out why it‘s not being talked about more. A Jewish black teen tries to figure out her sexuality as she navigates life with her brother who has bipolar. I continue to be fascinated how YA Lit is able to talk about heavy things without being too heavy. This book was a refreshing quick read. I hope to see more people reading it!

theshrinkette If you ever wanna chat about it @WhatDeeReads and I are always available. 😍 2y
WhatDeeReads @theshrinkette @JamieArc Yep, here and ready to discuss whenever! I LOVED this book and share you confusion. 2y
TheLibrarian Agree completely! It definitely didn‘t get enough attention. 2y
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awishman
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Solidly enjoyable YA about a brother and sister relationship going through some Diffcult Times. I appreciated the story, the writing and the diversity.

#BOTM #BOTMBONANZA

Reviewsbylola I liked this one a lot more than I expected. 2y
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I was a fan of Brandy Colbert's Pointe, and this book did not disappoint. The strongest aspect of this book was its take of a complicated sibling relationship.

Suzette grew up close to her older brother Lionel, but was sent to a boarding school across the country when he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The book begins when Suzette returns home for the summer and has to reconcile her experience away with her changed friends and home life.

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Touching book about families, siblings, and discovering yourself. Like so many ya books today it dealt with mental health issues and how they effect those around you.

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alisonrose
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A sweet and also deep and powerful story. First, fuck yeah to the diversity and representation, and I really liked that she talked about the shit that Black Jews often deal with. The characters are very relatable, and are trying to find themselves in ways that feel so real and familiar. And I thought mental health was handled very well, and hopefully this book might even help someone struggling or who cares for someone who is. 4/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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Bravery doesn't always look like you think it will.

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I love little things like this that show you the author knows the setting she's writing about. I used to spend a lot of time in San Luis Obispo, and everyone local called it SLO. There were bumper stickers and such that said "I love the SLO life." I appreciate the care for this kind of detail. Drives me batty when books get this sort of thing wrong.

alisonrose Also I really fucking miss that area. My ultimate dream is to move there as an old lady and finally open my own indie bookstore 2y
saresmoore I‘ll be there, too, buying your books. 2y
alisonrose @saresmoore 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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alisonrose
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This sounds so good. #nowreading

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KharaMercedes
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Friday... curled up with a good book and a leg warmer.

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Depression feels.

JSW Pretty accurate 2y
ferskner This is a great book. It tackles several big things but manages to make them all feel authentic. 2y
Centique That‘s amazing. 2y
2BR02B I know those feels. 2y
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calciumkels
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This novel dealt with some heavy issues of mental health, racism, sexuality, and mixed families. Although it wasn‘t the novel for me, I️ could see how this book would be a teaching tool for some generations. I️ found it extremely easy to read (which is good) and finished it in two days.