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The First Third

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by Will Kostakis
Publication Date: 24/07/2013
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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.
Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)
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Penguin Random House Australia
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Will Kostakis

Will Kostakis was only 19 when his first novel for young adults, Loathing Lola, was released. It went on to be shortlisted for the Sakura Medal in Japan and made the official selection for the Australian Government's 2010 Get Reading! programme. In 2005, Will won the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year for a collection of short stories.

Will spends his time working as a freelance journalist, writing and touring Australian secondary schools. His second YA novel, The First Third, was released in August 2013, and was shortlisted for the 2014 CBCA awards in the Older Readers category.

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This review is an excerpt of a longer review that appeared on Readers in Wonderland

One of the things I’ve been meaning to do for a very long time is read more Australian fiction. Not just books written by Aussies, but books set in the country I’ve grown up in. THE FIRST THIRD is the first book with an Aussie setting I’ve read in a very long time. It’s set in Sydney with a brief stop in Melbourne, two cities I’ve only briefly spent time in, but it was familiar none the less. The sayings and character’s personalities and stuff all felt so familiar.

The main theme of THE FIRST THIRD is family. Trying to appreciate what you have when you have it, and keeping it all together no matter how much you go to. Being the eldest of three girls, I can understand a lot of Bill’s feelings and frustrations when it came to his brothers. This story made me glad that I have a fairly good relationship with my siblings, but also made me realise I don’t do nearly as much as I probably could. Though his Yiayia does sound very entertaining in a way that my grandparents are not.

THE FIRST THIRD was a very Australian novel. Everything centred around family, which made me realise how lucky I am to have the family I have. While not always the happiest novel, it was very entertaining and Bill’s narration was perfect. There were so many times I wanted to laugh, but also many eye opening moments as I was introduced to characters and culture that I doubt I’d ever experience in real life.

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