Little & Lion

Brandy Colbert

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+ young adult
challenging emotional reflective slow-paced

327 pages | first published 2017

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.

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emotional 86%
hopeful 54%
reflective 54%
challenging 18%
informative 18%
sad 18%
tense 18%
funny 9%
inspiring 4%
lighthearted 4%


medium 80%
slow 9%
fast 9%

Strong character development?

Yes: 78% | It's complicated: 15% | No: 5%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 57% | It's complicated: 36% | No: 5%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 10%

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