I have a whole stack of recently finished books that I haven’t reviewed yet waiting to be picked for the next review. It Sounded Better In My Head was not the first one on the list, but since it gave me mixed feelings, I had to get it out of my system.

I want to thank Netgalley and the Publisher Text Publishing for giving me an e-copy of the book. This did not affect my feelings towards the book.

First things first, what is It Sounded Better In My Head about? 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.

Also read: Book review of Only Mostly Devestated

My thoughts on It Sounded Better In My Head

Like I said in the beginning, I have mixed feelings about this.

The book is certainly the kind of book I like; a relatable main character Natalie, good friendships and a romance. But there was something… off.

I didn’t like the family situation that Natalie was in. Her parents are divorcing, but they still live together and don’t fight. I know they try their best for their daughter, but it feels weird.

What I did like was that her best friend got together. I think Natalie’s feelings about that were very real and I like the situation that it put her in.

Natalie herself is so relatable. She has insecurities based on her appearance. She feels angry because of the divorce and she doesn’t know what to do with the changed relationships in her friendship. There were some annoying bits, but she’s a teen so it’s understandable. It only made her more real.

The romance was kind of weird too? It sometimes felt like the guy didn’t actually like her, but was just bored and wanted to rebel against his parents or something.

The plot fell a bit flat here and there. Nothing BIG big is happening, which sometimes made the book a bit – dare I say it – boring.

So what to give this book? I’ve struggled a lot. We all know Goodreads doesn’t allow you to give half stars, and usually that’s ok with me. But for this book it isn’t.

It’s more enjoyable than the 3-stars books I read.

It’s less enjoyable than the 4-stars books I read.

So you understand that comes down to 3,5 stars. I’m giving Nina Kenwood the benefit of the doubt because it’s her debut and round it up.

Final rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? Is it still on your TBR, or not your cup of tea?