Little & Lion by Brand Colbert
August 8, 2017- Little Brown
327 pg. – Fiction, Young Adult, contemporary
Purpose: Random TBR
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Okay, so this is a book that I have been wanting to read since it came out. In fact, when random.org picked this for me to read this round I was super excited. It wasn’t the first book that I picked up only because I had to wait for the library hold to come through.
This isn’t a bad book, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. And I have no interest in what it is. I thought that this was supposed to be about a brother and sister learning to deal with the brother’s mental illness. And while there is that, it is mostly about the girl, Little discovering her sexuality. This is YA so there is drama and angst, and I’m just not interested in reading about it.
The writing was fine, and even pulled me in. But there’s a love triangle (possibly square) and I hate love triangles. Especially ones that I don’t think are done right. Little (Suzette) comes back from her boarding school (she was sent there so her parents could focus on her brother’s developing mental illness without having to deal with her. <Another issue that I have with the book.) where she was in a relationship with her roommate. I’m not sure if it’s over or on pause since she is spending the summer at home. She doesn’t go back so I’m thinking something happened, but she keeps bringing Iris up so I’m thinking that maybe it’s not completely over. Her first day back she sees her old friend Emil, who is attractive and she would date except it’s what her parents have wanted to happen for so long. Then she goes to a welcome home party and finds a girl attractive there. Based on the synopsis, Little falls for the girl but so does Lion.
I particularly didn’t like this love triangle because it’s messy. She obviously didn’t resolve everything with Iris. She’s interested in Emil, and he’s interested in her. The only reason that they didn’t get together was because it’s something that their parents have wanted (and that’s her reasoning not his). And the girl? Well, being interested in the same person as your brother is awkward at best.
To be honest, I didn’t make it very far into this book. I am assuming that a love triangle develops with Suzette (but hey maybe one develops with the girl between Little & Lion). And hey maybe I’m wrong (If I am, please tell me so I can go back to it). But, I’m also a little concerned that Little believes it’s up to her to save her brother. He is bipolar not dying. And did I mention that I think that their sibling relationship reads a little weird?
I didn’t want to wade through a messy love triangle just to get to sibling relationship story. So this was a pass for me.