Author(s): Nina Kenwood
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.
Natalie is miffed to put it mildly when her parents announce they are separating (almost a year after they made the decision) and there have been no arguments or slammed doors to give her even a hint of what was coming. Coming on top of the fact that Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, have hooked up, Natalie feels even more on the outer fringe. So when she's invited to a student party, she swallows a massive dose of nerves and fronts up. A sparky exchange with Zach's older brother Alex sees the start of a romance but, with his ex looming in the background and a compounding sequence of misconstrued incidents, there are going to be problems ahead.
Since adolescence Natalie has suffered from chronic acne that has knocked her self-esteem and made her feel like a social pariah. But with school over and university looming, she hopes that a cool boyfriend this summer could be just the antidote to break out of her comfort zone.
Winner of the 2018 Text Prize, Kenwood's hilarious debut perfectly captures the angst of contemporary teenage awkwardness. The witty dialogue and totally relatable characters will resonate with rom-com fans aged 14+
Shortlisted Indie Awards 2020