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It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood is Now One of My Favourite Books, Here's Why

Hello Fellow Readerholics,

I was recently given ‘It Sounded Better In My Head’ by Nina Kenwood, from insideadog to read and review here! I finished it within a day and I am not over it and I don’t think I will be for awhile.



When her parents announce their impending separation, Natalie can’t understand why no one is fighting or at least mildly upset. And now that Zach and Lucy, her two best friends, have fallen in love, she’s feeling slightly miffed and decidedly awkward.

Where does she fit in now? And what has happened to the version of her life that played out like a TV show—with just the right amount of banter, pining and meaningful looks?

Nothing is going according to plan.

But then an unexpected romance comes along and shakes things up even further.



I would just like to preface that I’ve never related to a book more and I think a lot of you reading this would feel the same way. The characters were written in a way that represented all kinds of people and with that, people we know very well. The characters are so innately human, as are their experiences. Themes that may seem obscure or that you haven’t yet come across  are described brilliantly and written in a way that even if you haven’t it experienced it personally, you just *get* it.

I loved the depiction of healthy friendships in this book. I really appreciated that even if Natalie was feeling bitter about her friends she understood that it wasn’t their fault and was able to recognise that internal conflict as a problem of her own instead of a problem with her friends. I also really enjoyed the flawed nature of the characters and the recognition that it’s okay to not be perfect all the time.

I also really liked the diversity of this book. Natalie has POS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and many of her struggles are dealing with side effects of that. I think the book explains her situation really well and her feelings toward herself because of it. Lucy, her best friend, is queer yet that doesn’t really add anything to the storyline or plot. I liked how Kenwood treated Lucy’s sexuality as a normal thing instead of making the focus of every conversation she has or passing it off as a personality trait like other books sometimes do.


Overall, I really loved this book and everything it stands for. I had a wonderful time reading it and I give a big thank inks to insideadog for the copy!


Your Favourite Bookworm


inky State Library Victoria

Yay! Thanks favourite bookworm! Sounds like this book deserves all the hype it is getting!

22nd Aug, 19

It definitely does!

22nd Aug, 19

Sounds interesting...

22nd Aug, 19
aahanadudani DAB member

While I did appreciate how Lucy's sexuality wasn't treated as out of the ordinary, it would have been nice for that to have been discussed a bit more. I feel like given a lot of stigma/misunderstanding that unfortunately exists re LGBTQ+, every moment of representation is pivotal tbh and just for someone to be able to relate more with Lucy's character I feel like this could have been explored a bit further, rather than just the one sentence that mentioned it. Luce felt like a bit of a trope to me..the family overachiever who ends up failing and oh let's just make her bi/pan for the sake of it but not have this relevant to the plot at all?

26th Sep, 19

I totally get what you mean but seeing as this is Natalie’s story I wonder as to how it could have been integrated into the plot. Maybe if there is a second book revolving around any of the other characters her sexuality could be better explored? Either way, I agree with what you said.

26th Sep, 19
aahanadudani DAB member

In reply to imosshelf

Yeah perhaps how they did a Leah on the Offbeat follow up to Simon's book maybe..but yea idk I feel like even one conversation between Lucy and another character discussing her self-identity journey/coming out would have been welcome! Especially as it's so rare to have cis female bi/pan representation..<3

27th Sep, 19