Unnecessary Drama (Hardcover)

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Unnecessary Drama (Hardcover)


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From the award-winning author of It Sounded Better in My Head comes a deliciously entertaining enemies-to-lovers romantic comedy about two high school nemeses who end up sharing a house together their first year of college

Eighteen-year-old Brooke is the kind of friend who not only remembers everyone’s birthdays, but also organizes the group present, pays for it, and politely chases others for their share. She’s the helper, the doer, the maker-of spreadsheets. She’s the responsible one who always follows the rules—and she plans to keep it that way during her first year of college.

Her student housing only has one rule: "no unnecessary drama." Which means no fights, tension, or romance between roommates. When one of them turns out to be Jesse, her high-school nemesis, Brooke is determined she can handle it. They’ll simply silently endure living together and stay out of each other’s way. But it turns out Jesse isn’t so easy to ignore.

With Unnecessary Drama, Nina Kenwood perfectly captures the experience of leaving home for the first time, dealing with the unexpected complications of life, and somehow finding exactly what you need.

Nina Kenwood is an award-winning author living in Melbourne, Australia. Her debut novel, It Sounded Better in My Head, was a finalist for the American Library Association’s William C. Morris Debut Award, has been published in six languages, and was optioned for film. Unnecessary Drama is her second novel.

Product Details ISBN: 9781250894427
ISBN-10: 1250894425
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publication Date: August 8th, 2023
Pages: 304
Language: English

USA TODAY Summer Must-Read
Amazon Best Book of the Month

"A fun, breezy read that feels lighthearted but is multilayered, this one will appeal to YA and new adult readers, especially those ready to begin college. Enthusiastically recommended." —SLJ, starred review

"A romantic comedy that brings the rom and tons of the com . . . sidesplitting comic writing and an appealingly messy protagonist to root for." —KIRKUS, starred review

"Teens learning to trust again and discovering that drama is sometimes necessary for growth populate this sunny rom-com. . . . Brooke’s high-intensity personality, amicable chatter, and hyper-independence propel the narrative through its believable and hilarious goings-on." —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY


William C. Morris Award Finalist
2021 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List
Nominated to YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers List

“I am all-caps OBSESSED with this achingly insightful, utterly charming, beautiful heart-punch of a book. Instant favorite.” —Becky Albertalli, author of SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA

“With candor and affection, IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD captures a teenager navigating the final moments of one stage of life and the first moments of the next.” —BOOKPAGE

“An authentic coming of-age story that perfectly captures the awkwardness and self-doubt many young adults feel. Teens will see aspects of themselves mirrored in Kenwood’s debut.” —SLJ

“I love, love, loved it.” —Melina Marchetta, author of JELLICOE ROAD