Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert: Book Review

Good morning and happy Tuesday! I’m still working my way through to review my books from February. After Homegoing, I actually finished the Color Purple as a reread, I don’t have a review for it, but I very much enjoyed it. The second time especially where the broken English was easier to read and understand. For today though, I picked up Little & Lion because it was another monthly book club read, and it still worked with the Blackathon challenges.

My lame synopsis: Little & Lion is about a brother with Bipolar disorder and a sister discovering her sexuality (Goodreads).


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My Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

First, I have to say that there were some great moments of conversation surrounding mental health and how to help. Sometimes, someone you’re trying to help doesn’t want the help you offer or they ask you to do something you’re uncomfortable with. It’s hard to know what is the right thing to do. The book captured that very well. There were a few good teachable moments on racism too. People should never be defined by stereotypes and the main character, Suzette was amazing when she stood up against someone who did that to her and Emil.

One of my favourite aspects to the book was the family dynamic. It wasn’t the typical YA where the parents were absent throughout the whole book. They were involved, they made mistakes and said sorry for them. It was nice to see the family as a unit made of flawed individuals.

My one compliant is that the plot felt lacking. The book was made up of character development and not much happened. Or should I say not enough happened. By the end, I felt a little cheated, “that’s really it?”.

As always, thanks for reading!


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