Today we're excited to spotlight It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood.

 Read on for more about Nina and her book, an guest post, plus an giveaway! 




Meet Nina Kenwood!


Nina Kenwood is the marketing manager at Readings bookshop in Melbourne, Australia. She has worked in the book industry for ten years but has been writing, secretly, for much longer. It Sounded Better in My Head is Nina’s first novel.



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Meet It Sounded Better In My Head!

From debut author Nina Kenwood comes a tender, funny, and compulsively readable novel about first love and its confusions, and all of the awkwardness of teen romance.

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.

It Sounded Better in My Head is a compulsively readable love letter to teenage romance in all of its awkward glory, perfect for fans To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and Emergency Contact.



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~ Guest Post ~


Five books, films and TV shows that inspired my book:


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


This was the first Rowell book I ever read. I devoured it in one sitting, completely under Rowell’s spell, and it was one of those perfect reading experiences that you remember every time you see the book. Fangirl made me want to write my own book about an awkward, introverted girl on the cusp of adulthood, dealing with various family, friendship and romantic dramas and hopefully give someone else that  I-can’t-stop-reading-this-book-and-oh-my-god-when-will-they-kiss-already experience.


Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley


I’m Australian, and Australia has a huge number of talented YA authors who have inspired me to write YA since I was a teenager. One Australian YA book that I fell in love with while writing my novel was Cath Crowley’s Words in Deep Blue. It’s everything I love about YA, sad, funny, romantic and heart-achingly good, and wonderfully Australian. (For more contemporary Australian YA author goodness, see books by Claire Christian, Emily Gale, Vikki Wakefield, Melina Marchetta, Wai Chim, Clare Atkins, Melissa Keil and Erin Gough). 


The Edge of Seventeen 


I loved the way the film The Edge of Seventeen captured the exquisite pain and frustration of being young and confused and wanting so much more than you have. Like Lady Bird and The Spectacular Now, it is one of the best films about being a teenager of the last decade.


Gilmore Girls


This is my comfort show, the one I go back to over and over, despite its (many) flaws. Something about being in Stars Hollow and hearing those lalas makes me feel safe and happy. I wanted my book to have that warm, joyful feeling, and I was also inspired by Amy Sherman-Palladino’s writing style. Gilmore Girls is driven by its distinctive voice and snappy dialogue, and as someone who is bad at plot, I knew voice and dialogue had to be my strengths too. 


Dawson’s Creek


I was a teenager in the 90s, and Dawson’s Creek was my guiding light. I would watch it every week and then immediately call my best friend (on the landline) to discuss every detail of the episode. I would tape it (on VHS) so we could rewatch it together on the weekend, fastforwarding through the ads. We thought it was identical to our own lives (it wasn’t) and we were sure we’d find out own Paceys very soon (we didn't). I don’t think I would be the YA writer I am today without all those hours dissecting and discussing Dawson’s. 




It Sounded Better In My Head

By: Nina Kenwood

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Release Date: April 7th, 2020






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