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.”
“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
Red Dot Students Choice Book Awards
Shortlisted • 2013 • Mature Readers
Australian Book Design Awards
Shortlisted • 2014 • Best Designed YA Book
Prime Minister's Literary Award
Shortlisted • 2014 • Young Adult Fiction
CBCA Book of the Year Awards
Notable Book • 2014 • Older Readers
Gold medal • 2014 • Gold Inky Award for an Australian Book
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
Shortlisted • 2016 • Young Adult Fiction