Sixteen year old Suzette, also known as Little, has been devoted to Lionel from an early age, and vice versa. At first glance, they don’t look like siblings - a black girl and a white boy barely a year apart - but their blended family is close knit. Suzette has been away at boarding school, at her parents insistence, since Lionel’s mental health began to deteriorate and he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Now she’s back in L.A. for the summer and complications await. Suzette is dealing with a secret relationship with her roommate at school, new feelings for a childhood friend Emil, and an attraction to the same girl her brother likes. Is she bisexual, pansexual, queer? Beautifully written story with well drawn characters, many on the LGBTQ+ spectrum. Stonewall Award for YA Literature, 2018.--from Stand With Trans Children
336 pages 978-0316349000 Ages 14 and up
Keywords: LGBTQ, family, love, identity, finding yourself, diversity, diverse books, self acceptance, mental illness, bipolar disorder, love, understanding others, 14 year old, 15 year old, 16 year old, sexuality
A stunning novel on love, identity, loss, and redemption.
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she's isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (as well as her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new...the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel's disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself--or worse.--from the publisher