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It Sounded Better in My Head

It Sounded Better in My Head

Nina Kenwood

Flatiron Books

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From debut author Nina Kenwood comes a tender and funny novel about first love and its confusions, and all of the awkwardness of teen romance.

When her parents announce their impending divorce, 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 compulsively readable love letter to teenage romance in all of its awkward glory, perfect for fans To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Emergency Contact.

Praise for It Sounded Better in My Head

“I am all-caps OBSESSED with this achingly insightful, utterly charming, beautiful heart-punch of a book. Instant favorite.” —Becky Albertalli, author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

“I love, love, loved it.” —Melina Marchetta, author of Jellicoe Road

“Nina Kenwood has created nuanced and authentic characters, each caught up in their trajectory toward adulthood...a gorgeous and funny coming-of-age novel that perfectly captures the awkward, liminal nature of adolescence.” —Books + Publishing, starred review

“A deeply tender coming-of-age story about first love, friendship, and all of 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

“An adorably awkward and real romance. It was love at first chapter for me.” —Emily Gale, author of The Other Side of Summer

“I loved this delightful, funny, big-hearted book. Natalie’s wry internal voice really spoke to the awkward-teen me.” —Melissa Keil, author of The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl

“This book is delicious—beautiful, funny, real, and supremely honest. I devoured it.” —Claire Christian, author of Beautiful Mess

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Nina Kenwood

Nina Kenwood is the marketing manager at Readings bookshop in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked in the book industry for ten years, but has been writing, secretly, for much longer. Find her book recommendations on Twitter @NinaKenwood and www.ninakenwood.com. She is available to sort you into a Hogwarts house upon request.

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