When Suzette (Little) returns home after being sent away for school, things have changed. With guilt for not being there for her brother Lionel (Lion) after his new diagnosis of Bipolar 2, and being nervous about confronting her bisexuality, she has to learn to come to terms with life as it now is.
I first read Little & Lion back in September, I absolutely fell in love with it so I hope that’s reflected in this re-read review.
Reading this book, I get a warm feeling of just pure awe. Awe at how amazing this book actually is, from the writing style to the issues dealed with to the characters themselves. The author really did a wonderful job here, and it’s obvious an effort was made to be accurate about the topics spoken about.
Suzette is 16 & Lionel is 17, and they are step siblings. Suzette’s mum got with Lionel’s dad and both sides moved house for a fresh start. Suzette & Lionel weren’t keen on eachother initially due to it being a big change they had to get used to but eventually they became as close as humanely possible, telling eachother everything.
The most important, personal rep I have ever came across lies within the pages of this book. Mental illness Cyclothymia is brought up, which means the world to me because that’s something I have. To see this in a book, the fact the author took her time to include it, is just everything. I can’t put into words the emotions I felt when I read this for the first time back in September soon after my diagnosis of Cyclothymia and I saw it, and I get that same feeling now still even when just thinking of it.
Little & Lion is just such a special book. Including topics from sexuality and the confusion around it, racism, open relationships, mental health (bipolar specifically) and medication, and even Ménière’s disease and abortions, I still sit admiring this wonderful novel.
This book is one of my favourites, I recommend it to so many people and have thanked the author plenty of times for writing such a stunning book, and I need to get round to reading her other works as I am certain they too are mindblowingly good. We all have those books that stand out and stick with us, and this is one of those books for me.
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