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Will Kostakis, award-winning author ofThe First Third, perfectly depicts the pain and pleasure of this teenage world, piecing together three points of view with intricate splendour.

The Swimmer. The Rebel. The Nerd.

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 has written a vibrant, engaging book about relationships, coming out, divorce and loss - and still managed to work in lots of laughs.

Frances Atkinson, Sydney Morning Herald

Award winning author Will Kostakis delivers in spade with his third novel for young adults. Kostakis beautifully captures the voice of each character and the pain, humour and challenge of being a teenage boy. Numerous great one-liners and funny moments add a light touch to the story. This book will resonate equally [with] male and female readers and will not disappoint. Highly recommended.

Connie Spanos, Kids' Book Review

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    February 29, 2016


    272 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    February 29, 2016

    Penguin eBooks

    200 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Awards and Recognition

  • Queensland Literary Awards
    Young Adult Book
  • Indie Book Awards
    Young Adult
  • Inky Awards
    Gold Inky for an Australian Book
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
  • CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
    Older Readers

Also by Will Kostakis

Stuff Happens: Sean
The First Third


Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
Turtles All the Way Down
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy
Fish In A Tree
Paper Planes
Anne Of Green Gables
Last Chance
365 Days of Wonder
Love, Simon
Undercover Princess
Magnus Chase And The Sword Of Summer (Book 1)
Alice-Miranda in Hollywood
Magisterium: The Silver Mask
Toddler Taming
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Everything, Everything
Girl Online: Going Solo
All The Bright Places