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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.

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

  • 2016
    Queensland Literary Awards
  • 2016
    Queensland Literary Awards
  • 2017
    CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book
  • 2017
    CBCA Book of the Year Awards
    Notable Book

Also by Will Kostakis

The First Third
Stuff Happens: Sean


Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
The Matilda Effect
The Whole Thing Together
Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK11)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Anne Of Green Gables
Alice-Miranda in Hollywood
The Hidden Oracle
Vet Cadets: Welcome to Willowvale (BK1)
The Fault In Our Stars
Fish In A Tree
Paper Planes
If I Stay
Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls
All The Bright Places
Lgb I'm A Ballerina!
Roald Dahl Matilda Sticker Activity Book
The Sun is also a Star