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Hello, and welcome back to bookclub for a brand new year!
I’m very excited to be welcoming you all back for 2020 – it’s been amazing to see how bookclub has steadily grown against all my expectations! I honestly thought it would just be a few dozen superkeen OzYA friends and I discussing books on FB, but here we are over 600 members-strong, and more people continue to jump aboard all the time, which makes me so very happy to see!
Now here we are with another year, and with a few changes to bookclub to keep us all evolving: Emmaly White Gridley has kindly joined up as my co-mod, and Emm and I will be taking it in turns each month of this year to choose books and introduce them. I hope you enjoy the chance to find new Australian YA titles – and we have some doozies for you this year!
First book off the rank for February is my pick, and I’ve chosen the delightful IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD by Nina Kenwood. Here’s the blurb:
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.
Nina Kenwood is a Melbourne-based author, and this is her debut YA novel. She has worked in books and publishing for more than ten years, and currently works at Readings bookshop. IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD won the 2018 Text Prize, and will be published in the USA by Flatiron books in April of this year.
You can order IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD through Boomerang Books, receiving free shipping with the ‘loveoz’ code. You can also find signed copies at Readings books here, or in ebook format here. However you like to read, I hope you enjoy it!
We’ll have a short interview with Nina later in the month, and a discussion of the book late in February, so stay tuned at the FB page.
And from my family to yours, I’d like to wish you all a very happy and prosperous New Year, and all best wishes. I hope your road is smooth, your travel light, your shelves packed with great books – and I send you all good thoughts for a fantastic 2020 <3