by Louise Gornall
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Genres: Mental Illness, Contemporary Romance
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.
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?”Under Rose-Tainted Skies By Louise Gornall shares a quirky first romance and living w/ mental illness Click To Tweet
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