It Sounded Better in My Head

It Sounded Better in My Head


by Nina Kenwood
30 APRIL 2020

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Pub Date: 30 APRIL 2020
Extent: 304pp
Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781925773910
Rights: Text Publishing
Reading Age: 14+ 

When her parents announce their impending separation, 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 tender, funny and joyful novel about longing, confusion, feeling left out and finding out what really matters – from an exciting new voice in Australian YA writing.


‘I loved it! This is a novel to relish and recommend.’ Lynndy Bennett, Gleebooks

‘A beautiful story about teenage love and heartache.’ Natalie Yabuka, Oscar and Friends

‘The best novel about first love and teenage life I have read in a very long time.’ Claire Leyton, Harry Hartog Woden

‘I absolutely looooooooooooved it…I fell for Natalie like a ton of bricks!!’ Sarah McDuling, Booktopia

‘Utter perfection! ♥ ♥ ♥’ Emma Leslie, Dymocks Melbourne

‘I absolutely adored this novel.’ Angela Crocombe, Readings Kids

‘I can’t wait to sell this wonderful, funny, articulate, compassionate book.’ Beck Hutcheson, Avenue Bookshop

‘ You feel like you’ve made friends by novel’s end.’ Paul MacDonald, The Children’s Bookshop

‘Every 15+ should be given this next Christmas.’ Genevieve Kruyssen, Where the Wild Things Are