December 13, 2020

#BookReview: This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

Synopsis: I have questions I’ve never asked. Worries I’ve never shared. Thoughts that circle and collide and die screaming because they never make it outside my head. Stuff like that, if you let it go—it’s a survival risk.

Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee is doing his best to be invisible. He’s worried about a lot of things—how his dad treats Nance and his twin half-brothers; the hydro crop in his bedroom; his reckless friend, Merrick.

Nate hangs out at the local youth centre and fills his notebooks with things he can’t say. But when some of his pages are stolen, and his words are graffitied at the centre, Nate realises he has allies. He might be able to make a difference, change his life, and claim his future. Or can he?

This Is How We Change the Ending is raw and real, funny and heartbreaking—a story about what it takes to fight back when you’re not a hero.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: This coming of age story was great! I laughed so much!! This one is for those looking for a great time where you will be laughing so hard as you turn each page.  I will say that I wished that this story had more focus of something going on.  It didn't really have much of a plot but for this one it worked. But I wished it would have had a little more.  But if you are looking for a great time check it out.   Its a little hard to explain but it was totally worth the read but if you are looking for something with a lot of plot and depth then still read this one but don't look for that her. 


"Wakefield’s characterization combines a knack for subverting stereotypes with empathy and nuance...A little bit Holden Caulfield, a little bit Will Hunting, and a whole lot of heart."―Kirkus

“In this complex novel … examinations of disadvantage and hopelessness lead to brilliant revelations.”―Foreword Reviews

"Wakefield’s writing is unflinchingly honest...readers who let themselves sink into Wakefield’s descriptions of small-town life, its constraints, and frustrations will enjoy following Jack as she searches for meaning, finding love and purpose in the unlikeliest people."Publisher’s Weekly on Friday Brown

‘Fans of intelligent, unflinching, spine-crawling thrillers...will love Ballad for a Mad Girl.’ Books+Publishing

“One of Australia’s best YA writers.”―Cath Crowley

“When I finish a Vikki Wakefield novel I get a tiny ache in my heart because I’m already missing her gutsy characters.”―Melina Marchetta

"Davina Bell uses the increasingly familiar post-apocalyptic scenario to explore ideas about families, sisters, identity and love. It’s a strange but impressive novel that should resonate with young adult readers."―Sydney Morning Herald

About the Author

Vikki Wakefield writes realist fiction for young adults. Her work explores coming-of-age, family, class, relationships and the lives of contemporary teens. Wakefield’s first YA novel, All I Ever Wanted, won the 2012 Adelaide Festival Literary Award for YA Fiction, as did her second novel, Friday Brown, in 2014. Friday Brown was also an Honour Book at the Children’s Book Council of Australia, in 2013, and was shortlisted for the prestigious Prime Minister’s Awards. Vikki’s third novel, Inbetween Days, was Highly Commended in the 2016 Barbara Jefferis Award, was a 2016 CBCA Honour Book and was shortlisted for the 2016 Prime Minister's Awards. Vikki lives in Adelaide with her family.

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