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Sidekicks, The

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  •  Sidekicks, The
    Title: Sidekicks, The
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Imprint: PENGUIN
    Price: $20.00
    Publishing status: Active

    Each third of this novel details the perspective of a ‘best friend’ of a deceased high school boy. Ryan, Harley, and Miles gravitated to the charismatic Isaac to keep their secrets, avoid their issues, or define themselves by him. The title is apt: these young men struggle to accept control over their lives, or deny that they are compelling enough protagonists to support a story. It feels right that they share this one, as they try to build real friendships with each other, and find new ways to live in the absence of their friend. The structure allows The Sidekicks to grow more affecting as it progresses; reactions are delayed to great effect and the reader’s ideas are disputed. Kostakis isn’t afraid to forego subtlety and go in for the kill, emotionally. The three boys are recognisable and strongly characterised. The writing can be awkward, but mostly in ways that reflect the viewpoint’s character. The first third of the novel contains a very wonderful mother character. The last contains an emotionally messy, sentimental, relatively happy ending.

    ISBN: 9780143309031
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