Title: It Sounded Better In My Head
Author: Nina Kenwood
Publisher: Text Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Whenever I see an Australian author I just have to read their book (need to support a fellow Aussie). I love Aussie books and I admit I never read enough of them. And I’m glad I picked up this book.
In ‘It’s Sounded Better In My Head’, we follow the protagonist, Natalie, as she navigates through her life upon discovering that life isn’t going the way she imagined it to be. Her parents? Divorcing. Her two best friends? Dating. Herself? Awkward and sometimes the borderline third-wheeler. Things aren’t going quite as planned for Natalie.
There were many aspects I liked about this book. I loved how the narration is engaging and very distinctive. The tone is humorous throughout the story yet it can be serious when covering topics such as divorce, self-acceptance, and so on. I actually laughed aloud on several occasions whilst reading this book.
I like how Natalie is such an authentic character with relatable fears and real insecurities (regarding her skin—and the effects it had on her both psychologically and emotionally). I also appreciate how the love interest allows Natalie to set what she’s comfortable within the relationship. I also love how this book depicts genuine friendships. I loved the dynamics between the trio.
This was such a charming and heart-warming coming-of-age book. With only 272 pages, this was an easy and fast-paced read. I’d recommend this book to fans of YA contemporary and romance.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
NetGalley eARC I received.
Physical ARC I own.