Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Published by Clarion Books on January 3, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Mental Health
Pages: 320 : ARC edition
Source: Provided by United by Pop! for review
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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.
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.
This review was originally posted and featured on United by Pop’s website.
I must have come to this book hungry. Ravenous. Starving for a food story. And that’s exactly what I got.
Have you ever wanted to take a trip into someone’s mind? See all their screws and cogs? See how they work? See the world?
Louise Gornall’s character Norah, allows us to do just that. We are given a view into her turbulent mind and life, full of new boys next door, the crushing weight of stepping outside her home, and her fear of staircases.
The writing is oddly beautiful. Blending the funny with the feels and somehow, even if not everyone can relate to Norah’s OCD, they do relate to the way she provides crystal clear pictures of any teen’s emotions when it comes to the simple or mundane things in life.
What really struck me about Norah’s character was her ability to laugh at herself, to call out her own antics, and be imperfectly perfect. It felt like she could step right off the pages and into my life, scoffing here and there at this almost diary-style writing.
If you’re looking for a sweet and cute book for the start of the new year that deals with the lighter and darker sides of mental health, and what it’s like to fall for a boy for a boy for the first time while navigating the confines of one’s own inner thoughts, this is the one for you.