21st December - Aussie Authors Advent - Nina Kenwood's debut - It sounded better in my head

Updated: Dec 21, 2019

Someone in my household will be getting this, this Christmas. As well as being a popular suggestion on my Twitter feed, It sounded better in my head by Nina Kenwood. was another of my fabulous local bookshop's recommendations (and I always listen to them!) - thanks Jennifer and Indy for all your knowledgeable insights and enthusiastic suggestions!

It seems to be getting rave reviews across the board. I haven't read this yet though, so I went to its publishers - Text Publishing - for more information.

Text Publishing 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.'

Some praise:

‘An adorably awkward and real romance. It was love at first chapter for me.’

Emily Gale

‘This book is delicious—beautiful, funny, real and supremely honest. I devoured it.’

Claire Christian

‘I loved this delightful, funny, big-hearted book. Natalie’s wry internal voice really spoke to the awkward-teen me.’

Melissa Keil

‘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)

‘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!’


While on Goodreads, Jaclyn Crupi, said this about It Sounded Better in My Head: This was delightful but I stumbled with it when at the end two eighteen year olds without jobs, and one of them with a family in financial stress, moved out of home (with the parents in financial stress paying their daughter’s rent). I wish I didn’t fixate so much on how characters afford the lives they lead in fiction but I do. It’s the Jane Austen reader in me. I don’t want to take away too much from how lovely this book was to read – sweet, romantic, compelling – but I do wish Australian fiction realistically engaged with class and money more.

Hope that's not a spoiler. Not going to put me off reading it (after one, or both, of my daughters - they've got to the age where we now pretty much fight over books!). Anyway, the reading will tell if it is sufficient for me to suspend disbelief, but right now I think it sounds like a cracker!






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