Review (#MHBookBingo): Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall


Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Date: January 3rd 2017
Pages: 330
Publisher: Clarion Books

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall is a Young Adult contemporary romance book. The protagonist is Norah, a girl who has had agoraphobia since she was little, OCD and anxiety. One day, a new family moves in the house next to hers: a woman and her son.

She’s instantly drawn to Luke, but her desire to get to know him, to be close to him is constantly contrasted by her fears in this wonderful journey of discovery and acceptance.

Having always been in her house, a girl like Norah can only dream of visiting places and doing things that is the normality for her peers. She feels like she’s imprisoned, and her mind is her cage. Over-thinking about things is exhausting, as well as insomnia. But being with Luke is new, he makes her forget about some of her problems and seems to accept her imperfections.

Eleven steps, so I have to take the last one twice.

I have this thing about even numbers. You don’t have to take the last one twice, Dr. Reeves would say.

But I do, I’d tell her. Then she’d ask me why, and I would say, as I always do, Because that’s the way my mind works.

Luke is curious about his neighbor. He tries everything to know her and become friends with her, but there are some boundaries he can’t cross while being with Norah. I liked how he understood Norah and seemed to try to help her. They were cute together.

Another important character that I absolutely loved was Norah’s mother, the sci-fi lover. She’s always present in the book, taking care of her daughter. She was very supportive and I loved their relationship. And I honestly want to steal all of her t-shirts.

This book is simply wonderful. The constant battle in the protagonist’s mind, dreaming about spending a normal life, going out of her house, being afraid of becoming someone else’s cage and her analysing every little thing were relatable.

See, anxiety doesn’t just stop. You can have nice moments, minutes where it shrinks, but it doesn’t leave. It lurks in the background like a shadow, like that important assignment you have to do but keep putting off or the dull ache that follows a three-day migraine. The best you can hope for is to contain it, make it as small as possible so it stops being intrusive.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a moving story that will touch your heart, it will make you cry and smile. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.




About the author

I’m a young adult author, mental health mouth, anxious agoraphobic, lover of cheese, film nerd, book bird, identical twin, and rumoured pink Power Ranger.

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