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A painfully funny yet poignant contemporary Australian story for young adults, The First Third is the witty sophomore novel from Will Kostakis, sure to appeal to fans of Nick Earls and Melina Marchetta.

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.


'The relationships in this novel are gems, funny dialogue, wonderful characters, a story told with so much heart.' MELINA MARCHETTA


'The First Third has a warm, authentic voice… just the right mix of humour and affection.' GOOD READING MAGAZINE


'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.' KIDS' BOOK REVIEW


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 24, 2013

    Penguin (AU YR)

    256 pages

    RRP $17.99

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  • EBook


    July 24, 2013

    Penguin eBooks (AU YR)

    208 pages

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The Fault In Our Stars
Too Many Elephants in this House
The Great Pet Plan: Juliet, Nearly a Vet (Book 1)
Hating Alison Ashley: Australian Children's Classics
Thirteen Reasons Why
Holding Up The Universe
Percy Jackson And The Lightning Thief
Girl Online
George's Marvellous Medicine
The Upside Of Unrequited