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A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Brandy Colbert When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she...
A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Brandy Colbert When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she...
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  • A stunning novel on love, loss, identity, and redemption, from Publishers Weekly Flying Start author Brandy Colbert

    When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn't sure if she'll ever want to go back. Los Angeles is where her friends and family are, along with 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.

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  • Brandy Colbert is the critically acclaimed author of several novels, whose Pointe won the 2014 Cybils Award for young adult fiction and was named a best book of 2014 by Publishers Weekly, BookRiot, and more. Her Little & Lion was a Junior Library Guild and a Book of the Month Club selection. She was chosen as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for spring 2014. She was born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, and earned a bachelors degree in journalism from Missouri State University. She works as a copy editor for magazines and books.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    June 5, 2017
    After a year at boarding school, 16-year-old Suzette is happy to be home for the summer, but that doesn’t mean life is simple. Her stepbrother, Lionel, has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; Suzette has just had her first same-sex relationship (and first encounter with homophobia); and she’s attracted to both her longtime friend Emil and her flirtatious coworker Rafaela—whom Lionel also likes. Although love and sexuality are important to the story, its core is Suzette’s feelings of responsibility for Lionel and uncertainty about how to help him. Colbert (Pointe) powerfully depicts the difficulties that mental illness presents not just for those diagnosed but for the people around them, and her characters reflect the diversity of Los Angeles. Suzette and her mother are black, Lionel and his father are white, and Suzette’s friends and love interests are ethnically and sexually varied. While the characters occasionally feel slightly idealized—Suzette always tries to do the right thing, her parents are unfailingly accepting, and her friends have an impressive ability to articulate what they feel and why—it’s a moving and well-realized examination of secrecy, trust, and intimacy. Ages 15–up. Agent: Tina Wexler, ICM.

  • AudioFile Magazine When she returns from boarding school to spend the summer with her family in Los Angeles, 16-year-old Suzette is struggling with defining her sexuality, and with reconnecting with her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Narrator Alisha Wainwright pours emotion into her performance. Taking her cues from the text, she sighs and laughs, her voice quavers and cracks, and listeners feel what Suzette is feeling. Wainwright's empathetic narration makes listeners care about all of the characters, and her performance connects with Colbert's layered, atmospheric story of family ties, identity, and figuring out how to do the right thing. The result is an affecting and engrossing audiobook that will resonate with listeners. J.M.D. � AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine

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