ARC Review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall


Book cover for Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornoll

I received an e-ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication Date: January 3, 2017
Stars: 4/5

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies is an inspiring and believable story about life with a mental illness. The accuracy of the facts is evident and the main character has a great sense of humour. I especially enjoyed how the book doesn’t romanticize mental illness and Luke’s respectful personality. I would definitely recommend this book!

This book tells the story of a girl named Norah who struggles with agoraphobia and OCD. Although I do not have any of these conditions, I feel like I was able to grasp what it’s like to live when you can’t go outside because of the detailed internal monologues. Louise Gornall really knows what she’s talking about and is able to provide the reader with what I assume are accurate descriptions. I loved the way she doesn’t use the same old flat words to describe Norah’s feelings, but has a more three-dimensional approach that is difficult to explain, but is really satisfying.

I really enjoyed Norah’s character. She doesn’t ask for pity or complain a lot and tries her best to take small steps. Norah is actually pretty funny and has some witty lines throughout the book that are refreshing. While I couldn’t relate to her, getting to know her character was really entertaining and interesting.

One of my favourite things about Under Rose-Tainted Skies is the fact that it doesn’t romanticize mental illness. Norah’s friend, Luke, is respectful and so sweet. He knows that he can’t just make Norah’s fears go away and doesn’t push her to do anything that is too difficult for her. I believe this is the first time I’ve seen a character do research on another character’s illness in a book, and I found it so touching. It is important to understand that romance doesn’t cure everything, and this book does a good job of demonstrating that.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a book about mental illness that is realistic. I loved the main character and her humour and the fact that her illness isn’t romanticized. I would recommend this to everyone as it is informative and entertaining at the same time.

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