Paperback Ó The Sidekicks MOBI á

Paperback  Ó The Sidekicks MOBI á Wonderful touching story of three teen boys left behind after the death of a friend they have in common Told in the three voices of the characters, it curls around the interior lives of the boy as they discover the threads that tie the together I wasn t fully in love with the ending, but I know I ll remember these characters for a long time. This book is sitting heavily on my heart right now I just finished The Sidekicks one minutes and thirteen seconds ago and I m experiencing all the feels This book was honest, heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time Written from three perspectives from three friends you watch how people deal with grief and loss but most of all how the overcome the loss of something so important to them Will Kostakis is an amazing writing and damn you for making me cry Warning, this book is a real te This book is sitting heavily on my heart right now I just finished The Sidekicks one minutes and thirteen seconds ago and I m experiencing all the feels This book was honest, heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time Written from three perspectives from three friends you watch how people deal with grief and loss but most of all how the overcome the loss of something so important to them Will Kostakis is an amazing writing and damn you for making me cry Warning, this book is a real tear jerker It s definitely one of the books that will stay with me for a long time Wether that be because of how relatable The Sidekicks is to me or how well written and well told this book is The characters are all sohuman They have flaws, differences and personalities that clash but it truly is what makes this book as great as it is I wish that this book had gone on forever As if my heart could have even handle that because I could not get sick of Harley s wit, Miles s thoughts or Ryan s strength Will Kostakis is a must read author and The Sidekicks is one of the best contemporary books I ve read yet 5 our of 5 stars Thank you to Penguin Teen for sending me out this review book The Swimmer The Rebel The NerdAll 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 Ugh this book made me silently cry to myself on the subway It was beautiful and painful Thanks A LOT Will Kostakis The Sidekicks is a magnificent male narrative exploring the harrowing loss of a friend through grief, reflection and remembrance It s often the quiet, unassuming reads that effect us most, it was beautiful Isaac is a charismatic young man who the reader connects with through the memories and stories of his peers after his tragic passing Three young men with one common factor, Isaac.Ryan is The Swimmer, an Olympic hopeful who s athleticism has afforded him a privileged position within the scho The Sidekicks is a magnificent male narrative exploring the harrowing loss of a friend through grief, reflection and remembrance It s often the quiet, unassuming reads that effect us most, it was beautiful Isaac is a charismatic young man who the reader connects with through the memories and stories of his peers after his tragic passing Three young men with one common factor, Isaac.Ryan is The Swimmer, an Olympic hopeful who s athleticism has afforded him a privileged position within the school Ryan and Isaac shared a wonderful friendship based on trust, Isaac having kept Ryan s confidence until the very end Ryan is gay and isn t yet comfortable sharing his sexual preferences with his peers for fear of persecution Ryan often refers to himself as the third person, Ryan Patrick Thomson, Olympic hopeful and seen as a popular athlete with very little to offer academically.Harley is The Rebel, he self medicates with alcohol and his friendship with Issac was seemingly based upon addiction and dependence Harley is a border at Barton House, his mother paying for his tuition after returning to the United States and abandoning him and his father Underneath the coarse facade, Harley is deeply grieving the loss of his friend, rousing feelings of his mother s abandonment and returns home to his father.Miles is quietly intelligent and is now reflecting on his friendship with Issac, believing that their friendship was just one of convenience Months before Issac died, the two formed a partnership to create a short film in which Miles was praised but is now obsessing over the hours of filming between takes, isolating himself within the media room and piecing together their friendship with a series of broken scenes.Ryan, Issac and Miles are three distinct individuals, all reeling over the loss of their friend Their grief was palpable.Time is pulling is apart With every second that passes, the space between us widens Today, I saw him yesterday In a few days, it will have been last week Then, last month And there is nothing I can do to keep time from wedgingof itself between us It is inevitable.My heart The Sidekicks is an honest, captivating and illumination of the male narrative of the many facets of grief, self doubt and the intricacy of male friendships It was incredible I enjoyed how the narrative was three separate, although interconnecting viewpoints surrounding the loss of Issac I felt Ryan was theengaging character, his narrative of losing the only person who he had confided in, the pressure of being an athlete and the casual homophobic slurs overheard from teachers and peers alike added to his anguish.The Sidekicks is magnificent Poignant, endearing and bittersweet, Will Kostakis is a remarkable author creating a narrative with a quiet intensity and conviction I loved it Immensely When Isaac dies unexpectedly, Ryan, Harley and Miles realise that they have nothing in common and that really, they re not friends at all They only hung out together because of Isaac The book is effectively broken into three, each part told from the perspective of one of the three from the time they find out Isaac is dead Each story builds upon the next, so Ryan s story ends with something that happens about half way through Harley s story, and Miles story goes for several daysthan Har When Isaac dies unexpectedly, Ryan, Harley and Miles realise that they have nothing in common and that really, they re not friends at all They only hung out together because of Isaac The book is effectively broken into three, each part told from the perspective of one of the three from the time they find out Isaac is dead Each story builds upon the next, so Ryan s story ends with something that happens about half way through Harley s story, and Miles story goes for several daysthan Harley s I liked all three of the narrators, but I don t think any of the three particularly stood out to me Ryan is a sweet jock, struggling with the loss of the only person other than his boyfriend that he s out to Harley is.sort of a hot mess, but the kind who manages to be endearing And Miles is an adorable little squish who very much reads as being on the autism spectrum without it ever being explicitly stated Anyway, I understand why a lot of people thought this was repetitive, because you do cover a lot of the same ground But I LOVED that we got to see the same situation from multiple perspectives Admittedly, the essay writing business thing got old pretty damned fast, but the rest was wonderful Hands down my favourite part was the ending ALL OF THE FEELINGS Actual rating 4.5Dudes, dudes Get on this one Isaac is the glue that holds his squad together, and when he dies all that s left is a nerd, a rebel, and a swimmer They have nothing in common, except for their grief First and foremost, I loved all the characters Obviously Harley was my favourite, but there was so much about Miles to love and Ryan They were beautifully well rounded and just amazing characters I really liked the way grief was experienced differently by all the characters G Actual rating 4.5Dudes, dudes Get on this one Isaac is the glue that holds his squad together, and when he dies all that s left is a nerd, a rebel, and a swimmer They have nothing in common, except for their grief First and foremost, I loved all the characters Obviously Harley was my favourite, but there was so much about Miles to love and Ryan They were beautifully well rounded and just amazing characters I really liked the way grief was experienced differently by all the characters Grief isn t simple, it s not one size fits all And the three boys definitely find their own ways to deal with the death of their best friend I was so proud that I d managed to get through the book tear free, until I hit the last two pages Not only did I get legitimate goosebumps, but there were tears man God damnit, Kostakis I have read this three times, and I have cried at a different bit each time, so yeah, I am a fan.Update Feb 26 This book is finally about to be released Megan has posted my review at Children s Books Daily There s also a competition to win some copies Woo I have read this three times, and I have cried at a different bit each time, so yeah, I am a fan.Update Feb 26 This book is finally about to be released Megan has posted my review at Children s Books Daily There s also a competition to win some copies Woo I managed to not shed a tear the entire time and then the last page broke me I NEED MORE For once my 3 stars rating is actually a good thing, because this review could go three ways It could go like this Will Kostakis s writing hooked me right away by offering such a believable and discreetly hilarious yes, that s totally a thing voice to Ryan, the character who gets the first POV in The Sidekicks, whose grief is the first we experience, and whose narration made me hope for a 5 stars rating Yes, the guy was that good Not necessarily original, though, and I read enough For once my 3 stars rating is actually a good thing, because this review could go three ways It could go like this Will Kostakis s writing hooked me right away by offering such a believable and discreetly hilarious yes, that s totally a thing voice to Ryan, the character who gets the first POV in The Sidekicks, whose grief is the first we experience, and whose narration made me hope for a 5 stars rating Yes, the guy was that good Not necessarily original, though, and I read enough glbt books to recognize the regular patterns of a coming out story, but it s all theimpressive that I could connect instantly with him anyway So, yeah I loved Ryan the swimmer and the manner the issue of loss was explored It could also go like this, though While original and well executed, the way the story is built can be confusing at first Indeed if three POV there are, they don t alternate, not really, but the book is separated into three parts, each of them related by a different character Ryan the swimmer, Harley the rebel, and Miles the nerd They all have someone in common, Isaac Zac , whose death shatters their life even if they don t express their grief in the same way Here s my problem while Will Kostakis did a very good job at relating the same period of time three times in creating three distinct voices without never appearing redundant really, bravo, that s impressive , we need to connect with the three main characters for the story to work Needless to say, I didn t After having loved Ryan s part, I felt myself slowly disengaged from the story, first because Harley never really woke my interest, and then because I just didn t liked Miles at all See, there s nothing really wrong with his voice perhaps I read too many books featuring a nerd for my own good, but he never, ever, created any emotion in me apart from annoyance It s all Ryan s fault, really Harley and Miles just didn t live up to the expectations he created No matter how well written and original the narration was, no matter how interesting the subject at hands was, it didn t pull me in, and both Harley and Miles appeared really stereotypical to me Here goes nothing But sadly, it could also go like this There s something to be said about a book dealing with loss and grief that never manages to affect you in an emotional way That something is this is so fucking aggravating Honestly, I don t think it s asking for too much when we deal with the death of a teenager I should be sad I should feel bad I should give a damn, for fuck sake I tried, I swear I attempted to crumble my face fail , frowned in concentration to make my eyes water also, fail , thought about all the reasons for why that story should make me tear up, but nothing, nada, rien What a shame In any case, I will definitely check out Will Kostakis s other works, because despite my complaints, The Sidekicks stays a good book and shows a wonderful potential Forof my reviews, please visit

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