- Title: Sidekick
- Author: Natalie Whipple
- Genre: YA Contemporary
- Publisher: Whipple House
- Publication Date: November 10, 2015
- ISBN: 9780991178537
- Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
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“Russ is a high school football player who feels like he always comes in second to his best friend, Garret. In sports. In school. With girls. Well, he’s tired of it, and he gets the rather foolish idea that if he can win the heart of the new girl in town before Garret he can prove he’s not just sloppy seconds. His plan? Use his anime-obsessed sister’s group, who has befriended the new girl, to get closer to her. He’d never tell the team, but he’s been going to Anime Night for years and might even enjoy it. That would ruin his reputation, just like his secret love for cooking and James Taylor. But pretending to be something you aren’t catches up to you eventually, and Russ can only get away with living two lives for so long. As more than one person reveals they have something to hide, Russ must figure out what and who he really wants in his life. And more than that, he needs the courage to make it happen.”
I love this book! Personally, I always do love books about friendship and this is one of them. Everyone can relate to this book in the character of Russ. He is always branded as second best just because he’s bestfriend, Garret is the most popular boy in their high school. When a girl came into their hood, he thinks that this is his chance. The girl has many quirk ways and likes. One is, watching Anime which Russ also watch but he cannot admit this out in fear of being branded as one of the freaks.
I love Russ’ character in the story. It depicts how we sometimes get lost and hide our true selves because we are that afraid or bothered about what other people would say.
I love how this book is about friendship, romantic love and finding your inner peace by being true to yourself. It is all on point! I recommend this book to everyone so if you’d like a copy, join the giveaway below! 🙂
About Natalie Whipple Natalie Whipple grew up in the Bay Area and relocated to Utah for high school, which was quite the culture shock for her anime-loving teen self. But the Rocky Mountains eventually won her over, and she stuck around to earn her degree in English linguistics at BYU, with a minor in editing. Natalie still lives in Utah with her husband and three kids, and keeps the local Asian market in business with all her attempts to cook.
She is the author of the TRANSPARENT series, HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW, the I’M A NINJA series, FISH OUT OF WATER, and MY LITTLE BRONY (under K.M. Hayes). In addition to that, she is on the writing team for the cRPG Torment: Tides of Numenera that should be out sometime in 2015.