About the author

Vikki Wakefield

About the book

Judges' report

Wakefield’s young adult (YA) novel is genuine and full of heart. It is the kind of novel we searched for as adolescents, and reading it rekindled memories of discovery in the local library on Saturday mornings, when every so often it felt like an outstanding YA novel miraculously spoke to us from the book stacks and rows of shelving just when it was needed most.

This is How We Change the Ending tackles the urgent issues for kids today in a way that is relatable. It is an unflinching book that brims with anxieties and attitude, raw angst and gentle refuge. Foremost, the novel’s representation of the characters, and their urban settings and relationships, squares up with a life lived with next to no privilege, where opportunity is limited and minor victories, in fact, mean the world. And Wakefield has imparted this gritty realism with the deftest touch. This is How We Change the Ending will find a permanent place on our home bookshelves.

Further reading


‘In much of YA literature, that in-between stage of late adolescence is about the widening of potential, but here, the all-too-real fear of opportunities closing to you as financial reality hits is ever present.’ Jackie Tang, Readings.


Read ‘YA Author Interview: Vikki Wakefield’ by Poppy Nwosu.

Listen to Gail Pittaway’s review of This Is How We Change The Ending on Radio New Zealand.

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