by Natalie Whipple


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Russ is tired of coming in second to his best friend, Garret. Whether it’s in sports, in school, or with girls, he can never get ahead. Something has to change, and when a new girl comes to town he sees his chance. He has to win her over before Garret does, but proving he’s not second best won’t be easy when Garret is a pro.

Russ will do anything to beat Garret, including using his little sister to get closer to the new girl. He has to be careful, though, because if anyone at school finds out he attends anime night (and he might even enjoy it), it would ruin his reputation, just like his secret love for cooking and James Taylor.

But pretending to be something he isn’t will catch up to him eventually, and Russ can only get away with living two lives for so long. As more than one friend reveals they aren’t who they seem, Russ must figure out what and who he really wants in his life. And more than that, he needs to find the courage to make it happen.

NATALIE WHIPPLE has always felt like a sidekick, but has never actually been one. At least not to her bestest friends. Which are the ones that matter. She lives in Utah with her husband and kids, and they spend most of their quality time playing video games together and being proud "freaks" in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991178537
Publisher: Natalie Whipple c/o Curtis Brown LTD
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.94(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Natalie Whipple, sadly, does not have any cool mutations like her characters. Unless you count the ability to watch anime and Korean dramas for hours on end. Or her uncanny knack for sushi consumption. She currently lives in Utah with her husband and three kids. Follow Natalie at or on Twitter: @nataliewhipple

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SIDEKICK 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JessicaCoffee More than 1 year ago
SIDEKICK is the second indie book I've read by Natalie Whipple, and I really enjoyed it! (Thanks to Dianne of Oops I Read A Book Again for including me in the blog tour!) It's not often that you see the male side of the spectrum in regard to sports and high school insecurities, so this was a nice change to say the least. Especially since the assumption that things were a certain way were only there because no one communicated and everyone was afraid to share how they really felt. Because of a few misconceptions, Russ made some poor decisions and had some serious 'splainin' to do. But in the end, everything worked out great and the tables burger booths were totally turned. :D Melissa and I discussed SIDEKICK as our review post (feel free to check out the discussion out at, so I wrote a super mini review: Favorite quote: "Someone alert the media! Russel Pearson finally has a girlfriend. Women everywhere mourn." Favorite character: DAPHNE Immediate reaction upon book completion: I NEED A BURGER! What I'd like to do: See Russ in that leather jacket :P Oh and eat at Parker's, of course. Rating: 4 out of 5 stars burgers**! **Sidekick is definitely upper YA due to drinking, language, and adult situations. Suggestion: Get SIDEKICK today! *I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review