All Ryan, Harley and Miles had in common was Isaac. They lived different lives, had different interests and kept different secrets. But they shared the same best friend. They were sidekicks. And now that Isaac’s gone, what does that make them?
Will Kostakis, award-winning author of The First Third, perfectly depicts the pain and pleasure of this teenage world, piecing together three points of view with intricate splendour.
WINNER: Angus and Robertson Bookworld Best of 2016, Young Adult
Booktopia’s Best Books of 2016, Young Adult Fiction Shortlist
The Sydney Morning Herald, Best Books For Younger Readers 2016
Queensland Literary Awards, Griffith University Young Adult Book Award Shortlist 2016
Indie Book Awards, Young Adult Longlist 2017
‘America, you are about to be introduced to the heartfelt, funny, wrenching and absolutely wonderful work of Will Kostakis. The Sidekicks will make your heart ache.’ Sara Farizan, author of Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel
‘Will Kostakis has written a vibrant, engaging book about relationships, coming out, divorce and loss – and still managed to work in lots of laughs.’ Frances Atkinson, THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
‘The Sidekicks will punch you in the soul at least a dozen times … You will be left with a goofy smile and an emotional high that will last for days. Maybe weeks! Possibly forever!’ Sarah McDuling, BOOKTOPIA
‘This is a masterful tale of coming of age with three young men at once horrified at their friend’s death but also searching for who they are. Highly recommended.’ Fran Knight, READPLUS
‘A contemporary book, wise and worthy, it is a welcome inclusion to the Australian young-adult world. Highly recommended.’ TRISH BUCKLEY, CHILDREN’S BOOK DAILY
‘Their stories, pains and joys are all achingly relatable.’ ISOBEL MOORE, READINGS
‘It makes you look at life, relationships and finding yourself in a whole new light.’ LAMONT BOOKS
‘This book – like the multi-layered, and nuanced characters – shows grief to be a prism with many sides. It’s devastating and devastatingly funny.’ DANIELLE BINKS, ALPHA READER
‘Will Kostakis is a must-read author and The Sidekicks is one of the best contemporary books I’ve read yet.’ TILLY, BOOKS & CATS
Stuff happens sometimes.
At school, at home, with sport, with mates.
For Sean it happened starting at a new school.
Sean has just moved from WA to Monvale where his parents grew up. Sean misses his friends and wonders if he’ll ever be able to make mates as good as the ones he has left behind…
If you like Sean, check out the rest of the books in the Stuff Happens series, available now.
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 award-winning sophomore novel from Will Kostakis.
WINNER: The Inky Awards, Gold Inky 2014
GET READING! 50 Books You Can’t Put Down 2013
ISLN (Singapore) Red Dot Book Awards, Mature Readers Longlist 2013-14
CBCA Book of the Year Awards, Older Readers Shortlist 2014
Australian Book Design Awards, Best Design YA Book Shortlist 2014
Internationale Jugendbibliothek, White Ravens 2014
Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Young Adult Fiction Shortlist 2014
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, Young Adult Fiction Award Shortlist 2016
‘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
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.