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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.

Melina Marchetta

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

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Awards and Recognition

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

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The Getaway: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK12)
Undercover Princess
Love, Simon
Turtles All the Way Down
Everything, Everything
A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares
La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One
Girl Online: Going Solo
365 Days of Wonder
Fish In A Tree
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory: A Play
Thirteen Reasons Why
I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You
Alice-Miranda At School 1
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons series)
Midnight Jewel