Friday, 13 November 2015

Blog Tour Review: Sidekick by Natalie Whipple



Title: Sidekick
Author: Natalie Whipple
Author Info: Blog|Facebook|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Received as part of the blog tour
Publisher: Whipple House
Publication Date: 10th November 2015
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
When I was approached about taking part in the blog tour and reviewing Sidekick by Natalie Whipple I did not hesitate. I love Natalie's Transparent series, as well as Fish Out of Water.
Garrett and Russ are best friends. Russ feels over shadows by Garrett, who is the most popular person, best football player, and the one who always gets the girls.

Russ hides some of himself from school and his best friend, he enjoys watching anime with his sister and her friends, he loves to cook and from some of the recipes he seems quite good at it, but he also doesn't want his friends to think he is a nerd, and I did feel sorry for him having to feel like he can't be true to himself. No-one really gets to see the whole person and this did make me sad. When Kiera starts, Russ wants the chance to date her, to get there before Garrett. But Garrett is also interested, and Russ is doing all he can do to gain her attention without letting Garrett know how he feels. Russ's sister is quick to make her friendship, and while Russ thinks this will help his goal in getting Kiera's attention, it doesn't always work to plan.
Garrett I didn't really take to, I thought he was arrogant and full of himself. He came across as feeling better than everybody else, and only does things if it's to his own advantage. Kiera I did feel sorry for, having to leave her home country and move to a new one, start a new school and try to fit into it, especially with how she acts and dresses. However my opinion quickly changed as we got to know more about her.

Sidekick was an interesting story to read. It really shows how fickle friendships can be, but also how you see yourself isn't necessary how others see you, and as the story progressed not only do we see a different side to Russ, we also see how others saw him. I loved getting to see Russ be himself, seeing how confident he is in his own environment. When he has to work at the burger place I did like how accepting they were of him and how open to suggestions to improve the menu.

Towards the end of Sidekick there is a twist, and it wasn't something I saw coming. I really liked how the different concepts came into play, and I do think this helped Russ gain confidence in himself and his likes, to push aside others opinions and go for who he wants.

Final Verdict
Overall Sidekick was an enjoyable read. I liked seeing the different types of friendship and how quickly they can change, and how fast people can change their allegiance.

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