The First Third (2013)
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Life is made up of three parts: in The First Third, you’re embarrassed by your family; in the second, you make a family of your own; and in the end, you just embarrass the family you’ve made.
That’s how Billy’s grandmother explains it, anyway. She’s given him her bucket list (cue embarrassment), and now, it’s his job to glue their family back together.
No pressure or anything.
Fixing his family’s not going to be easy and Billy’s not ready for change. But as he soon discovers, the first third has to end some time. And then what?
It’s a Greek tragedy waiting to happen.
A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis.
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‘The relationships in this novel are gems, funny dialogue, wonderful characters, a story told with so much heart.’ MELINA MARCHETTA
‘The First Third is a gift of a novel. It proposes to the reader that there is a lovely simplicity of the human condition if only we can take a minute to find it.’ MARAMA WHYTE, HYPABLE.COM
‘The First Third has a warm, authentic voice… just the right mix of humour and affection.’ MARYANNE HYDE, GOOD READING MAGAZINE
‘This book reads like Will Kostakis putting his heart on his sleeve and his family on the page, and the result is nothing short of magnificent.’ DANIELLE BINKS, ALPHA READER
‘Sad, funny, tragic and hauntingly beautiful.’ CLAIRE, CLAIRE READS
‘There is honesty and truth in the writing, a voice so powerful that it is hard to ignore.’ BRAIDEN ASCIAK, BOOK PROBE REVIEWS
‘Filled with wonderful dialogue, engaging characters and bucket loads of humour and heart, The First Third is another fantastic YA novel from Australian author Will Kostakis.’ SUSAN WHELAN, KIDS’ BOOK REVIEW
‘Will Kostakis did for me what The Perks of Being a Wallflower did for me.’ MICHELLE, NOVELS ON THE RUN
Loathing Lola (2008)
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Fifteen-year-old Courtney Marlow didn’t exactly think it through. She thought the offer to have her life broadcast on national television was the perfect solution to her family’s financial troubles.
She was wrong.
Mackenzie Dahl, the show’s producer, promised to show Australia a real tenager. Courtney was going to be a positive role model, someone on television without a boob job and an eating disorder.
Soon, everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame via a little bit of Courtney – especially her conniving friend Katie, and her stepmother, Lola. And Courtney is just beginning to realise that ‘ordinary’ does not translate to ‘entertaining’…
Funny, smart, silly and sweet, Loathing Lola is a biting debut from then-19-year-old author Will Kostakis. It’s described as Fight Club meets Gossip Girl. We don’t know if that’s a compliment, but we’re taking it as one.