Book Review: It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood

Title: It Sounded Better In My Head

Author: Nina Kenwood

Publication: 7th April 2020 by Flatiron Books

Genre: Young Adult

Format: eARC

From debut author Nina Kenwood comes a tender, funny, and compulsively readable 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.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Review:

What a debut novel!!

It Sounded Better In My Head is a fantastic read. Hard to put down, I read it in just a few hours. A few hours of hilarity, cringeworthy moments and secondhand embarrassment.

Oh how I could relate to Natalie’s anxieties and confusion. So many memories of my own tortured teenage years, I couldn’t help but share many, many snippets with my teenage daughter. She in turn couldn’t stop exclaiming “It’s me! It’s me!” with every new snippet I shared.

I never have really great expectations for YA novels but this one was everything I never knew I wanted. Instantly a favourite in the YA genre and one I will be recommending to everyone.

In a sentence: If you haven’t already, READ IT!

With thanks to the publisher via NetGalley for this advanced copy in return for an honest review.

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