Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Review: Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

by Brandy Colbert
Publisher: Little, Brown
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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.

If you're looking for a book that is as passionate, evocative, and stunning to read as it is diverse, then Brandy Colbert's Little & Lion is THE book to buy!

I've made it a personal goal to continuously strive to read books with more realistic characters facing real-life problems, and Little & Lion truly has to be one of the best representations, in my opinion, of that very thing. It's incredibly real and weaving plot isn't it's only best selling factor, but Suzette (aka Little) and her brother Lionel (aka Lion), certainly had a way of bringing life to the story. Suzette, whom comes back to her Los Angeles home after being away at a boarding school in New England, finds herself struggling to give her brother the much needed support with his bipolar disorder. Additionally, she finds herself falling for the same girl he's in love with, and discovers that being there for her brother and coming to terms with her feelings, may be more difficult than first thought. Not being knowledgeable about bipolar disorder, I found myself somewhat struggling to understand Lionel. It was at this point, actually, that I felt closest to Suzette's narrative. I was learning along with her, discovering better ways to support someone who was in very much need of it, and personally started researching more about bipolar disorder. It was mind blowing how vast and varying the disorder is, and in that, I truly felt as helpless as Suzette in finding the proper way to approach her brother in regards to his disorder and in regards to her budding feelings for his crush. Furthermore, I found Suzette's inner struggle with what her ethnicity and sexuality meant to her to be truly an inspiring and heartbreaking twist to their tale.

Overall, I found Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert to be an inspiring, heartbreaking, and truly breathtaking tale that needs to be read and shared by all.

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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