Little and Lion By: Brandy Colbert
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, after being sent away by her parents because of her brothers mental health issues. L.A. is where her friends and family are along with her crushes, And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She soon finds out that everything isn’t the same as when she left, even she herself has changed.
She tries to settle back into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new, the same girl her brother is in love with. As she is trying to find out who her true self is, she has to juggle keeping the secret from her parents that her brother has stopped taking his meds, and trying not to give away the fact that she has a thing for the girl of his dreams.
So when the book started I was very open to this book it is supposed to be a book about finding yourself and discovering who you truly are but I did not know that it meant that about your sexuality. Now I am hetrosexual so I have never had to struggle with my sexuality or have ever went through something like what this book is starting to go through, but I am struggling with a mental health issue so I can relate to Lion in this case and I can relate to his struggle in a way.
So far the book is a good flowing book, there isn’t a ton of filler and it gets to the key points in every chapter there is no forcing myself to read page after page, I like who the author lets me into the mindset of Suzette so that I might understand the struggle that some homosexual people face, like one of my friends who is trying to find himself which I support but his parents not so much. Not only does she drop you in the mind of an unknowing girl but you also get the vision of the other girls the ones who are open about their relationships with other girls and how they view being Bisexual even though Suzette begs to differ.
For the characters I feel like Suzette is the only person we really get to dive deep into, she is really the only one we get to hear the thoughts of unless they are voiced aloud, the other characters are seen through her eyes and we only get to see how she perceives them to act. Lion is a character that is trying to evolve into something more I just do not think I have made it that far yet.
The plot so far is pretty unknown, unless it is about Suzette finding her sexuality and Lion conquering his mental illness, other than that I am not sure what the plot could be but I think I am getting close to scratching the surface because I am 200 pages in and I feel like I should have some sort of a idea by now right?
So the plot to this story is not some grand event with rainbow and butterflies popping out everywhere and you just grab the book and hug it to your chest with delightment because you have finished this book and the message it gave you just touches your soul. NOPE, you are wrong my friend the plot is nothing but Suz helping Lion get his life together which really is not that screwed up, I understand his mental illness and his struggle with not wanting to take his meds because of the way they make him feel but you do not just give up taking them, you just have to find what is right for you medicine is not pinpointed down to every person it is based on the problem and the average of how people react to it. Then you also have Suz how is going from being Gay to Straight to Bisexual, which I was hoping this book would focus more on that, people have said this book is about finding yourself when you’re stuck in between your past self and your future self but I feel like we just scraped the surface and was like good enough and moved on.
Maybe for those of you who are struggling with your Sexuality and trying to find your true self you might be able to relate and find this book to be the love of your life, but I still feel like there are way better books out there about finding yourself. I can honestly say if you asked me what this book was about I would say 20% is about Suz freaking out over Lion 70% is about Suz life as a teenager and how she acts around her family and friends and 10% is about her struggle with her Sexuality and finding herself. Which (I won’t spoil it) in the end was a big what just happened here type of moment, where you the reader are left to think up the ending of the book how you think things will turn out for young Suz and Lion.
I understand cliffhangers and even though I hate them they have a purpose but this book is it just a single book with no second coming out (that I know of) so WHY!
The characters are some that I don’t care about I see Suz point of view and it seems to me she can be a little possessive and a freaks out way too much when it comes to Lion, even if he is her brother and he was off his meds. Emil I felt so sorry for him being dragged into this and just there through it all. Rafaela to me is a total stuck up girl who wants to start some drama, I mean she is the reason why that guy even showed up in the first place.
All and all I won’t read this book again I will probably give it to my Bisexual friend and see about their take on the book to see if i’m just being heartless because I don’t understand the struggle but I say pass, if you want a book about finding your true self look somewhere else.