WILL KOSTAKIS & ADI ALSAID - The Sidekicks & North of Happy



Sunday, October 22 at 6 PM

speaking & signing
The Sidekicks & North of Happy

in conversation with Katie of Mundie Moms




Ryan, Harley and Miles aren't friends, they're just three guys with the same best friend: Isaac. When Isaac dies, they’re thrown. Told in three parts, The Sidekicks is the story of three teen boys dealing with their grief over the death of their best friend, and the impact his loss has on each of their lives.

There’s Olympic-hopeful swimmer Ryan, who is carrying around a secret only Isaac knew; rebel Harley, who blames himself for Isaac’s death; and Miles, who struggles with whether he and Isaac were as close as he always thought they were.

As the three boys reflect on their friendship with Isaac and the loss they’re experiencing, they find themselves being drawn back to one another. They weren’t friends, but in the wake of their shared loss, maybe they could be.


Carlos Portillo has always led a privileged and sheltered life. A dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, he lives in Mexico City with his wealthy family, where he attends an elite international school. Always a rule follower and a parent pleaser, Carlos is more than happy to tread the well-worn path in front of him. He has always loved food and cooking, but his parents see it as just a hobby.

When his older brother, Felix—who has dropped out of college to live a life of travel—is tragically killed, Carlos begins hearing his brother's voice, giving him advice and pushing him to rebel against his father's plan for him. Worrying about his mental health but knowing the voice is right, Carlos runs away to the United States and manages to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef. As he works to improve his skills in the kitchen and pursue his dream, he begins to fall for his boss's daughter—a fact that could end his career before it begins. Finally living for himself, Carlos must decide what's most important to him and where his true path really lies.


Will Kostakis lives in Sydney where he writes books for teens and the adults who like to read about them. In his native Australia, he’s a critically-acclaimed and award-winning author, having won the Gold Inky Award and shortlisting for both the Prime Minister’s Literary Award and the CBC Australia Book of the Year Award for his sophomore novel, The First Third. THE SIDEKICKS is his American debut. 


Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City. He attended college at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. After graduating, he packed up his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches basketball, and makes every dish he eats as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas and Monterey, California. 


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Event date: 
Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 6:00pm
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The Sidekicks Cover Image
ISBN: 9780373212620
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harlequin Teen - October 17th, 2017

North of Happy Cover Image
ISBN: 9780373212286
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 2-5 Days
Published: Harlequin Teen - April 25th, 2017

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