BOOK REVIEW: The Sidekicks
by Will Kostakis
Publication date: 29 February 2016
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Goodreads: 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, 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 first thing that struck me as interesting about The Sidekicks is that there are no chapters. Instead, the book is split into three sections, each one telling the perspective of Ryan, Harley and Miles—three boys who have nothing in common except for Isaac. Each section was different. It was written the way the boys would have spoken—Harley with his casual speech and texts scattered throughout, Miles and his formal speech. I really liked this set up because it really gives you a chance to understand the three boys and how they cope with grief and loss.You also see their growth and character development. After all, they’re only 16/17 year olds and at that age, you’re still discovering yourself—you’re basically someone new everyday.
I found that I was able to relate to each of the boys in one way or another and that really sold the story to me. They felt real. These characters could be people that we know in our own lives, they could be us.
I don’t want to spoil anything but there are some real tear jerking moments, including the ending.
I loved The Sidekicks and really enjoyed reading it. If only there was more!