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It Sounded Better in My Head

2020 - Shortlisted


Judges' comments

Funny, adorable and painstakingly real, It Sounded Better in My Head perfectly captures the joy and angst of first romance. Readers are immediately drawn into Natalie’s increasingly confusing world as her parents separate and her two best friends do the opposite: falling in love with each other and leaving her to navigate parties, boys and post-school life as their third wheel. 

This is a romantic comedy with so much more at its core. Kenwood tackles teenage feelings of inadequacy, loneliness and longing deftly, keeping the subject matter light without compromising on depth. Readers are reminded that there is so much more to people than can be seen on the surface. With lovable characters, warmth and witty banter, Nina Kenwood has written the quintessential Young Adult romance: a little love story with so much heart.