Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a solid YA contemporary novel about diverse step-siblings, one who is dealing with issues and labeling in regards to mental health, and the other who is dealing with conflict and labeling, in regards to sexuality. This is a solid read, with a diverse cast, and it touches on some very important issues.
If you haven't read a book like this before, you'll probably feel it is excellent. If in the past you have read a ton of diverse stories dealing with mental health and sexuality, then you'll probably find this to be average. I enjoyed the story, overall, even though a few things just didn't ring true. I especially appreciated the diversity, of which there was plenty. However, I wouldn't ever reread this book, nor will I likely remember what it is actually about after a few weeks have passed. Instead, I'll probably just have one of those general feelings of like towards it, without remembering exactly why I liked this.
The story and plot are more of a 3.5 for me, but it gets the extra half star for the diversity and dealing with tough issues at the YA level. I expect there will be some teens who pick this book up and finally see a character who is something like them in literature, and that is fantastic.
Book 16 read in 2019