When her parents announce their impending separation, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting or at least mildly upset. And now that Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, have fallen in love, she’s feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward.
Where does she fit in now? And what has happened to the version of her life that played out like a TV show—with just the right amount of banter, pining and meaningful looks?
Nothing is going according to plan.
But then an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.
It Sounded Better in My Head is a tender, funny and joyful novel about longing, confusion, feeling left out and finding out what really matters.
Nina Kenwood is a writer, who lives in Melbourne. She won the 2018 Text Prize for her debut young adult novel, It Sounded Better in My Head.
‘An adorably awkward and real romance. It was love at first chapter for me.’ Emily Gale
‘I loved this delightful, funny, big-hearted book.’ Melissa Keil
‘Beautiful, funny, real and supremely honest. This book is DELICIOUS.’ Claire Christian
Kenwood's well-written, Melbourne-set debut follows Natalie, 18, whose life has improved since puberty, during which a growth spurt, heavy periods, and painful cystic acne had left her feeling "messy, leaking, uncontained." Now, her acne is under control; she has two best friends, Zach and Lucy; and she's waiting to hear from universities. But her parents are splitting up, and years of feeling awful about herself has left marks, both physical (acne scars pit her back) and psychological (she's insecure, still a bit of "shut-in," and has never had a romantic relationship). It's both exciting and terrifying for her when a series of events nudge Natalie toward Zach's older brother, Alex, whom she's written off as the kind of popular guy it's best to avoid. No one thinks Alex and Natalie should be together, but not for the reasons she assumes. Natalie conveys the difficulties not only of puberty but of moving past internalized negativity in a voice that's sharp, funny, and self-aware, making it even more satisfying for readers to see her realize that she can be the star of her life, not just the sidekick. Ages 12 up. \n
My favourite book everrr
I just finished this book in less then two days and i hate reading books. I couldn’t stop reading it
A joy of a read
I consumed this in one day. Can’t remember the last time I did that with a novel. It’s a joy!