Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

December 20th, 2016 kimbacaffeinate Review 20 Comments

20th Dec
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Under Rose-Tainted Skies
by Louise Gornall
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genres: Mental Illness, Contemporary Romance
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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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.

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If you follow Caffeinated you know, I am picky about young adult reads and rarely do I ever read a contemporary romance. Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Lousie Gornall spoke to me from the synopsis to the cover and well here I am.

This story will touch you. Young, old, middle schooler, age doesn’t matter. If you have ever been afraid of something, hate crowds, have OCD tendencies, or get awkward around a cute boy/girl, you will understand Norah. I think she lives in each of us.

Norah is seventeen and has severe agoraphobia and OCD. I suffer from mild cases of both and truth be told without my family and friends I would be perfectly content to never leave my property. While the story that unfolds focuses on Norah’s mental issues and offers tremendous insight into these sometimes disabling illnesses, it also gives readers a light, first-time romance for a young girl with all the butterflies, awkwardness, and excitement that comes with it. Realistic and relatable, it is very apparent that Gornall has first-hand knowledge of Agoraphobia and Obsessive Compulsive. Disorder. I would like to see this title added to the school curriculum.

Five reasons to buy, own, give Under Rose-Tainted Skies

  • You want a story that will grab you from page one and hold you spellbound until the very last page.
  • Give me all the emotional feels and skip the drama. The tale is realistic, and Norah despite her illness is a fighter with spunk. The drama is minimal and not drawn out.
  •  You love the first begins of romance..the butterflies, blushes, and awkwardness.
  •  Perfect gift for your teen, the local youth center or for someone who can relate to Norah.
  • You’re curious about the illnesses of  Agoraphobia and OCD.  You want a non-text book understanding of what a person goes through when dealing with this issue.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies was a touching tale and Norah was a brave, quirky, lovable protagonist. This is the type of story whose character stays with you. You might find yourself asking, “What would Norah do?”

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About Louise Gornall

Louise Gornall

Louise is a young adult author, mental health mouth, anxious agoraphobic, lover of cheese, film nerd, book bird, identical twin, and rumored to be the pink Power Ranger.

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20 Responses to “Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall”

  1. Maureen Beatrice

    This sounds like a great book Kimberly. And I totally get what you’re saying.. Without my work and boyfriend I probably wouldn’t mind staying inside all the time. Living in my own little world!!
    Agoraphobia and OCD is definitey something I would like to know more about so I’ll add this book to my very long TBR!! 😀
    Great review!
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  2. Bronwen

    This sounds like such an interesting read! I’m always trying to find more books featuring mental health so will definitely have to check this out in the new year. x

  3. Mary Kirkland

    I have agoraphobia and at one time I hadn’t left my apartment in 5 years. I get out a bit more now to walk the dog but it’s still hard so I’m really glad to see subject matter like these brought up in a book like this.
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  4. Melissa

    I think it’s great that more and more topics like this are seeing the light of day in novels. I’m definitely an introvert who prefers the quiet of my home but I can’t even imagine what it must be like to suffer from agoraphobia. That’s why books like this that can shed light in a realistic way are so great.
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  5. Kristin

    I forgot that you READ this!!! I almost posted my review of this today and I’m so glad I fell asleep writing it 🙂 I love your review!!! I loved the realism she brought to the disease (having to depend on other people when her mom went out of town) and the character’s snark towards herself. The snark helped you connect to her as a person.

    I’m so glad you liked this!! I did too!!
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