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Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
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it was amazing

4.5 stars. I loved the intersectional diversity in this novel and how it explored everyday intolerance to bisexuality, people of color, mental illness, and non-white Jews. The 16-year-old MC is African American, Jewish, and bisexual with a bipolar white step brother. Set in a diverse middle class suburb of LA (and an East Coast boarding school) with ordinary problems and well developed characters, this book rings true and was fun to read. It shows the emergence of sexual identity as an ongoing process that defies categorization. The writing was strong too.

I dropped my rating half a star because a bisexual love triangle, although dramatic, played to the over-sexed stereotype of bisexuals (crushing on a boy and girl simultaneously). I also wish the MC had interests beyond relationships. This erotic romance would appeal to mature teens, both LGBTQ and heterosexual. It would also be a good book for parents of teens.
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Reading Progress

December 8, 2017 – Started Reading
December 8, 2017 – Shelved
December 10, 2017 –
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December 13, 2017 – Finished Reading

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