It Sounded Better in My Head

2021 - Shortlisted


Natalie is a teenager whose parents are separating and whose two best friends have fallen in love (with each other). She struggles to cope with her conflicting reactions to these twin dramas and at the same time survive her own romantic and sexual awakening – which she experiences with a mixture of wonder, confusion and disbelief.

It Sounded Better in my Head is a mature, disciplined, relentlessly entertaining masterpiece. It rises above the stereotypical characters and stock situations of ‘romantic comedy’ to make point after poignant, honest point about the state of the adolescent heart. Some passages are almost painful to read, because they are so embarrassingly true.

Who would want to be a young adult again?

Well, at least you’d have It Sounded Better in my Head to guide you through the angst.

About the author

Nina Kenwood

Nina Kenwood

Nina Kenwood is a writer, who lives in Melbourne. She won the 2018 Text Prize for her debut young adult novel, It Sounded Better in My Head.