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It Sounded Better In My Head

Nina Kenwood



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Text Publishing Company
06 August 2019
Children's & Educational; Romance & relationships stories (Children's&YA)
When her parents announce their impending separation, Natalie can't understand why no one is fighting or at least mildly upset. Then Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. She'd always imagined she would end up with Zach one day-in the version of her life that played out like a TV show, with just the right amount of banter, pining and meaningful looks. Now everything has changed and nothing is quite making sense.

Until 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-from an exciting new voice in Australian YA writing.
By:   Nina Kenwood
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9781925773910
ISBN 10:   1925773914
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   06 August 2019
Recommended Age:   From 14 to 18 years
Audience:   Young adult ,  Preschool (0-5)
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nina Kenwood is the marketing manager at Readings bookshop in Melbourne. She has worked in the book industry for ten years, but has been writing, secretly, for much longer. It Sounded Better in My Head is her first novel.

Reviews for It Sounded Better In My Head

`The most gorgeous, tender-hearted, funny and beautifully awkward story I've read all year...I loved this book. Just inhaled it.' * Rebecca Sparrow * `Loved. Loved. Loved it.' * Melina Marchetta * `It Sounded Better in My Head should be required reading for teenage females. It should be required reading for everyone...This book is smart, fresh and unique.' * Her Canberra * `A deeply tender coming-of-age story about first love, friendship, and all the horrifying awkwardness of navigating young adulthood. Thrumming with wonderfully nuanced and vividly depicted emotion, this book will make your heart soar, while also making you laugh.' * Booktopia * `Every 15+ should be given this next Christmas.' * Genevieve Kruyssen, Where the Wild Things Are * ` You feel like you've made friends by novel's end.' * Paul MacDonald, The Children's Bookshop * `I can't wait to sell this wonderful, funny, articulate, compassionate book.' * Beck Hutcheson, Avenue Bookshop * `I absolutely adored this novel.' * Angela Crocombe, Readings Kids * `Utter perfection! ' * Emma Leslie, Dymocks Melbourne * `I absolutely looooooooooooved it...I fell for Natalie like a ton of bricks!!' * Sarah McDuling, Booktopia * `The best novel about first love and teenage life I have read in a very long time.' * Claire Leyton, Harry Hartog Woden * `A beautiful story about teenage love and heartache.' * Natalie Yabuka, Oscar and Friends * `I loved it! This is a novel to relish and recommend.' * Lynndy Bennett, Gleebooks * `[A]n outstanding book that captures perfectly the liminal moment at the end of high school before `real life' begins - in my opinion, it's the younger, funnier cousin of Sally Rooney's Normal People, and I think Nina is about to become quite famous.' * Alison Huber * `This book is a rare gem; a simple story told with an utterly authentic and humorous voice that portrays with great empathy the insecurities and confusion of young adulthood...an absolute knockout of a novel [that] will win over hearts and minds everywhere!' * Readings * `Nina Kenwood has created nuanced and authentic characters, each caught up in their trajectory towards adulthood...a gorgeous and funny coming-of-age novel that perfectly captures the awkward, liminal nature of adolescence.' * Books+Publishing (starred review) * `I loved this delightful, funny, big-hearted book. Natalie's wry internal voice really spoke to the awkward-teen me.' * Melissa Keil * `This book is delicious-beautiful, funny, real and supremely honest. I devoured it.' * Claire Christian * `An adorably awkward and real romance. It was love at first chapter for me.' * Emily Gale *

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