Sidekicks by Will Kostakis Review

Posted April 18, 2016 by Michelle in Reviews / 1 Comment

The Sidekicks Book Cover The Sidekicks
Will Kostakis
Contemprary, YA
Penguin Australia
February 29th, 2016

Synopsis taken from Go0dreads: 

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?

It has been brought to my attention recently by my lovely co-blogger Ely that I simply do not do enough reviews butttt it’s not my fault she is some kind of review machine! I hate to admit though, she is right and I really should share my awesome book thoughts to all of you lovelies in review form.

I am not the best at reviewing and often don’t feel confident writing them, but I will try my best and hope that you can spare me the humiliation.

Sidekicks by Will Kostakis follows three teenage boys that are all tethered together by their bestfriend Isaac. It’s not until Isaac dies that their lives are thrown off centre and they each have to try and figure out who they are as individuals as well as a group without the one person that connected them together.

Okay so, this book is told in three parts: The Swimmer-Ryan, The Rebel- Harley and The Nerd- Miles. Each of these characters adds a different element to the book but are all equally important. Saying that I did enjoy Harley and Miles’ parts of the book better than Ryans as I found him to be a little bit boring but more on that later. Each character is dealing with the lose of their friend in uniquely different ways but what I liked most about this book is the frequent questions of how much you really know about the people around you. Each boy found things out about eachother and Isaac that they never knew before and I feel it’s often the case that we don’t know most people through and through no matter how close with them we are.

The parts of the book I had a problem with were that I felt that it could be slow occasionally and if I’m to be honest didn’t hold my attention. As mentioned previously I found Ryans part of the story to be the most boring, there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with that character but compared to the rest of the characters he really lacked for me. After I had gotten over his section of the book I really started getting into it, which I was happy about as I was very eager to read this book having seen Will Kostakis talk at the YA Squad in Melbourne last month and being in stitches (laughing) because of him.

I felt that the  themes of grief, questions of individuality and finding friendship were the key elements of this novel and I found them to be handled/written in a very easy and clear way but also  in an engaging and often relatable manner. The way Kostakis can connect with his audience through his writing is a skill not many are able to do so well. I would definitely recommend this book to readers of contemporary and YA and also to those seeking a good piece of Austalian Young Adult Fiction.

I think people that enjoyed this book would also enjoy My Life and Other Black Holes  by Jasmine Warga and or Holes by Louis Sachar.

I hope this review made some sort of sense and some of you enjoyed reading it. If you have also read this book please let me know what you thought and we can get a conversation going.



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One response to “Sidekicks by Will Kostakis Review

  1. I picked up this book for the same reason – I was at the same YA Squad and thought Will was fantastic. It’s still sitting on my shelf waiting its turn, but this review makes me think I should fast-track it to the front of the line. xD Also, you don’t have anything to be humiliated about, this is a great review!