Black, Jewish, bisexual Suzette returns home to Los Angeles from boarding school and ends up in a love triangle as she begins dating an old family friend while finding herself falling for the same girl as her stepbrother, who has bipolar disorder. Emil, is Korean/African-American and hard of hearing; another is Latina and pansexual.
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“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.”
Cis boys: Lionel, Emil
Cis girls: Suzette, Raphaela
Sexual and Romantic Orientation
Suzette is bisexual.
Raphaela is pansexual
Lionel and Emil seem to be heterosexual
Suzette is black
Emil is Korean/African-American
Raphaela is Latinx
Lionel has bipolar disorder
Emil has Ménière’s disease and is hard of hearing
Suzette and Lionel are Jewish
Additional Notes: Suzette is bisexual and in a love triangle with a boy and a girl.