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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.

Reviews

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
    2013
    Shortlisted
    Mature Readers
  • Australian Book Design Awards
    2014
    Shortlisted
    Best Designed YA Book
  • Prime Minister's Literary Award
    2014
    Shortlisted
    Young Adult Fiction
  • Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature
    2016
    Shortlisted
    Young Adult Fiction

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