Review of It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
I listened to the audiobook and followed along in the eARC. Thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!
When her parents announce their impending divorce, 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.
This book shattered my expectations, I thoroughly enjoyed it! If anything, I wish it were a little longer because I’d love to see more of what comes next for these characters!
But really, I just loved the wholesome normalcy of it. Especially right now when things are so weird and awful everyday, it was refreshing to read about going to a party and feeling awkward, hanging out at the beach, freaking out over a boy liking you, hoping your parents don’t embarrass the hell out of you and just typical life at eighteen. Sans masks and social distancing and the compulsive use of hand sanitizer.
One thing that really resonated with me was Natalie’s struggles with her body image. Oh boy if I didn’t struggle with stretch marks and terrible acne scars when I was a teen and it was refreshing to see this represented so accurately in a book.
Alex and Natalie are so awkwardly pure together, I really love the way the romance was portrayed in this because it felt so realistic!
Bonus? This story is set in Australia, the author is Australian, as is the audiobook narrator!
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