My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is a book you just want to hug after you finish it. Will Kostakis has written an absolute gem that beautifully paints a picture of a family in crisis with underlying warmth and humour. Yiayia reminded me of my own departed Nana (gone 6 years now) and how she commanded the room, even when she was not well. I could imagine her issuing orders and writing bucket lists as Bill’s yiayia did.
Yiayia is in hospital after a fall and she gives Bill (via a very pretty girl) her bucket list:
1. Find your mummy husband
2. Have Simon girlfriend in Sydney
3. Fix Peter
To tell you what all this means and if Bill does them all would constitute a massive spoiler, so I won’t tell you. What I will tell you is his attempts make a fabulous ride that I was kind of sad had to end.
Bill is an endearing and sympathetic protagonist – a teenager trying to find his way in the world of relationships, both romantically and within his family unit. The journey Kostakis takes us on is filled with interesting and entertaining characters along the way too. Sticks is one of the best, best friends I have read in recent YA fiction. He is smart, funny, knows who he is and is a rock for Bill in a stormy family time.
If you are looking for an entertaining read, that doesn’t constantly hit you over the head with “messages”. With no swearing or ridiculous sex scenes, and with a gentle, self-deprecating humour and a feel good ending that makes you want to punch the air and say YEAH! Then this book, my friend, is for YOU.
Recommended for ages 12 and up. Wonderful.
Can’t wait to read Will’s next book, The Sidekicks, in 2016!