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.
`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 *