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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.

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THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE (you’re welcome)

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.

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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.

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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!

Xoxo,

Your Favourite Bookworm

3 comments

inky Centre for Youth Literature

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

4w ago
imosshelf

It definitely does!

4w ago
lozza

Sounds interesting...

3w ago