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It Sounded Better in My Head

Nina Kenwood

Flatiron Books

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ISBN10: 1250219264
ISBN13: 9781250219268


272 Pages



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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

“An authentic coming of-age story that perfectly captures the awkwardness and self-doubt many young adults feel. Teens will see aspects of themselves mirrored in Kenwood’s debut.”—SLJ

“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

“A cute romance featuring a heroine who never before got to feel cute.”—Kirkus Reviews

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It’s Christmas Day, we’ve just finished playing our annual post-lunch game of Scrabble (bonus points if you play a word with a Christmas theme), and Dad says we need to talk....

About the author

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. It Sounded Better in My Head is Nina’s first novel.

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Nina Kenwood

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