Published by Text Publishing on August 6, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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When her parents announce their impending divorce, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting or at least mildly upset. Then her two best friends hook up, leaving her feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward. And when an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up further, Natalie has to figure out where she fits in this new and confusing world.
It Sounded Better in My Head is an incredibly relatable Australian YA coming of age story that I would have loved as a teen. It has a slice of life vibe to it and the book is just everything that I was thinking as a teen and was too scared to say out loud.
The novel follows Natalie who has just found out that her parents are splitting up and it seems like the end of the world. Her parents were her only true friends until she met her best friends Zach and Lucy three years ago. But now with Zach and Lucy being a couple and her parents splitting up, she feels as though she’s lost in the world. Until she has her own little romantic journey, which helps her to open up and not be scared to show the world who she is.
I connected with Natalie soooo much. Though I never had bad skin as a teenager, I had other insecurities that I thought were explored so well by Nina Kenwood in this book. The feelings of being self-conscious about your physical appearance, your school grades, your life experience, your popularity were all captured amazingly well in this short novel. It Sounded Better in My Head captures all of the awkward moments of adolescence and puberty but also highlights that it’s just a natural part of life and the awkwardness and imperfections don’t necessarily end when you become an adult.
The relationships in this novel really made it for me. The snarky relationship that you have with your parents when you’re a teenager were portrayed so well in the book, and I highly enjoyed the large presence of parents and family. I also loved that the book starts and ends with family, which is something I’m always looking for in a YA novel. I also really enjoyed the friendships in the book, though there were some moments that were kind of infuriating. But the steadfast friendships and the support that the characters showed each other were really nice to see.
The romance in the book was really cute but realistic as well. I liked that it was kind of awkward but also really sweet. I particularly appreciated the message that things don’t always work out as planned, and people in relationships aren’t perfect, but things can still work out in the end.
I highly enjoyed It Sounded Better in My Head. It was a quick read that was relatable, cute, and an incredible depiction of the awkwardness that comes with being a teenager who isn’t yet comfortable in their own skin.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Thank you to Text Publishing for providing a review copy.
It Sounded Better in My Head is available at all Australian retailers for $19.99 RRP.