Book Review | It Sounded Better in My Head, Nina Kenwood

Goodreads Blurb:

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.

My Thoughts:

I discovered this book a while ago at an Emerging Writers Festival during a talk by the author. My friend I was there with won a copy that day, read it, and loved it. She recommended I read it and even leant me her copy which I eventually returned, unread (I gathered I wasn’t in the mood). Then recently she reminded me of this book and I thought it was about time. I am so glad that my friend persisted with recommending I read it! This was such a lovely read!

All the characters were wonderful and relatable, and especially the MC Natalie. As the pov character and the narrator she was so entertaining to read. Plus her thoughts were so relatable. This is why I found it such an enjoyable read.

The romances felt realistic, and didn’t feel at all forced. This is something I find with romance in YA that will usually put me off the genre all together. The interactions between the romantic interests felt natural, was wonderfully fumbling and awkward, but equally sweet to read.

It was so nice as well reading an Aussie YA romance novel – all the references I just got and they made me smile too. These were just little things, but they made the novel so nice for me to read! They made it feel warm, and homely, which made this such a special read for me.

If you’re looking for a fun, relatable, and enjoyable YA romance this one is for you!

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