Young Adult

Little & Lion

by Brandy Colbert

Quick take

A must-read for anyone who’s ever felt caught in between—places, people, identities, or two entirely different worlds.

Why I love it

Little & Lion is a California dream of a book, a must-read for anyone who’s ever felt caught in between—places, people, identities, or two entirely different worlds.

Sixteen-year-old Suzette is home in Los Angeles for the summer after a year at boarding school in New England. Suz and her stepbrother Lionel have always been close, but their relationship isn’t as easy and effortless as it once w...


A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author 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. 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 ...

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  • Laura K.

    New Haven, CT

    "LOVED this book! I wish the characters were real people (and I was 17 again) and could be friends with them. Such a great summer read."

  • Meagan M.

    Hot Springs, AR

    "I love everything about this book. Such a strong story about the love between a brother and sister and how they deal with mental illness. "

  • Michele J.

    Brooklyn, NY

    "When a young woman returns home from boarding school, she has to face the family she has felt distant from lately and how much life can change in a year. "

  • Carina E.

    Kokomo, IN

    "I have never read a book that handles mental illness from this perspective. It was refreshing "

  • Hillary P.

    Gilbert, AZ

    "This book is relevant, important and strong. The characters are hard not to fall in love with. "

  • Carolyn M.

    Altoona, IA

    "I loved this book! Liked that it was about mental health issues and told from a teen's perspective. The angst seemed real & this was a different read for me."

  • Daniela R.

    Clinton , NY

    "I love how it shows how difficult figuring out who you are is and where you fit in this world is. "

  • Khara S.

    Princeton Junction, NJ

    "Loved the identities in this book... shows that you can be inclusive and not have the differences be the sole plot. Honest portrayal of loving someone with mental health issues. "

  • Nicole W.

    Bridgewater, MA

    "I LOVED everything about this book. It was such a sweet story about family and dealing with what's going on around you. "

  • Courtney A.

    Cheney, KS

    "What a great YA story full of love and understanding. "

  • Zoe W.


    "Interesting, quick, and diverse, this book tackles mental illness in a new way."