Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall | Raw + Enlightening

December 15, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 18 Comments

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall | Raw + EnlighteningUnder Rose-Tainted Skies
by Louise Gornall
Genres: Contemporary, Mental Illness, Young Adult
Publication Date: January 3rd 2017 by Clarion Books
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

If she can't go out...

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course, he did.

Can she let him in?

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Nora suffers from Agoraphobia and OCD. These disorders have slowly been building up over the years. Now, she has to be home-schooled and ONLY goes out to see her doctor. Even then, she gets anxiety attacks when she has to walk the short distance from her house to the car. Norah’s only friend is her mom, who’s been a great supporter from day one. Suddenly, a family is moving next door and Norah is intrigued by the boy with muscles, carrying boxes to the house. Luke is just as intrigued and leaves her notes at her house. They begin to form a friendship but Norah feels she’ll be a burden to Luke. Will she fight these disorders and learn how to live with them, or will she ruin her chances of having a friend, maybe something more?

I really liked how the friendship/relationship developed. You could tell they were attracted to each other, but it was always so innocent, seeing as Norah’s disorders prevent her from wanting human touch. I do think it was developed quite quickly, but since the focus of the story was Norah and her afflictions, it never bothered me. It was so nice to see Luke’s patience with Norah. He never pushed or asked more of Norah. He was content just being by her side, watching movies or talking. It made me adore him even more.

I love the mother/daughter relationship. Norah and her mom are so tight! Her mom is so understanding and loving towards her daughter and not once did she complain of the lifestyle she has to live. She really wants best for Norah and supports her a lot. I loved that the mom was so constant throughout the story, which made it easy to believe the bond between them.

Norah’s story was a little heart-breaking. I mean, she’s in her teens and dealing with two disorders that are so life-changing. Sometimes, I could relate to Norah’s anxieties and it made me feel so much empathy for her. Agoraphobia is something so real and difficult to live with. I had never read a YA book that talked about this disorder, so it was quite eye-opening. Even though I majored in Psychology and discussed this disorder as well as OCD, it’s different to read how it could be in real life, especially from an author who’s experienced it.

Overall, Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a raw, enlightening story on disorders that are so life-changing and aren’t talked about often. Norah’s anxieties felt real and I could feel the author telling me her story through Norah.

Read the first chapter!

About Louise Gornall

My name is Louise, and I write YA books. Sometimes contemp, sometimes horror, sometimes thriller. My debut YA contemp, Under Rose-Tainted Skies, will be published by HMH/Clarion (US), and Chicken House/Scholastic (UK) in the fall 2016/17.

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18 responses to “Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall | Raw + Enlightening

  1. ohmy, I need to this book!! The Norah-Luke relationship kind of made me think of Everything Everything (lol). Great review, Genesis!! I’m definitely adding this to my tbr 😀

  2. How gorgeous is that cover! And since Everything, Everything was one of my favourite reads from 2015, I’m definitely all for stories in the same vein.

    Thanks for putting this on my radar!

  3. This looks like a lovely story. I am especially looking forward to the mental health conditions explored here since I don’t know much about them.
    I’ll try to pick it up soon!

  4. I keep seeing this book, mostly it’s gorgeous cover. I admit, I am not a fan of tough-issue contemporary, so I don’t think this one would be for me at all. It’s great that there are so many well-developed relationships in the book! That’s always something that I look out for. =)

    Wonderful review, Genesis!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • If you’ve read Everything, Everything, you’d like this one. Which is weird since I wasn’t a full major fan of it and I ended up liking this one more. But there are a lot of similarities to it. It’s actually quite fun too and a quick read surprisingly.

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