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Under Rose-Tainted Skies

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies

UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES is Louise Gornall’s debut novel. She resides in the England and is a huge film nerd --- not to mention she has just one of the coolest hairstyles! She is also a blogger and blogs at bookishblurb.com. As her book is about a girl who is dealing with maintaining her mental health, she uses her own experiences to make UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES relatable and realistic. However, she did not only write a book about mental health, she also helps and cheers on other people who have their own mental health issues.

"If you are a person who wants to understand mental health problems or if you are a person who also has agoraphobia and needs someone to relate to, UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES is the perfect book for you."

As mentioned above, UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES is about girl named Norah Dean who has mental health issues. In other words, Norah has agoraphobia, which is a fear of practically everything. Norah almost always stays confined to her house and even the trips to her doctor, Dr. Reeves, are agonizing. Her best friend is her mom as all of her old friends have grown up and moved on to more fun, interesting things, which makes it hard to bond with someone who has barely left the house in quite a few years. However, someone new has moved into the neighborhood, and that someone new is right next door and quite good looking.

Surprisingly enough, this new boy, Luke, reciprocates Norah’s feelings of intrigue and possibly something more. Luke also has his own problems he must work through. However, they slowly but surely start to create a close friendship over horribly cheesy horror movies and vanilla ice cream with no black specks in it, and Norah starts to feel almost normal and possibly special in a good way. But as they grow closer, more and more questions and problems pop up in their hopeful relationship with one giant, looming question --- can their friendship/relationship even work?

I really enjoyed UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES. While I might not have all of Norah’s fears, she is extremely relatable in how she talks about the ones we do share. In fact, Norah is a relatable character in general with her personality and beliefs. Through UNDER-ROSE TAINTED SKIES, Louise Gornall really shines a light on mental health issues. What I felt she did really nicely was not romanticizing the Norah’s health issues. When writing a romance about a girl with mental health problems, there’s lots of room to romanticize the problems, but Louise Gornall manages not to do so, which I find to be extremely important. However, that’s not to say that the chemistry between Luke and Norah is nonexistent. The relationship between the two is beautiful, and I found myself very invested into their relationship.

UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES is a book for someone who needs a sweet read to laugh to and cry to. If you are a fan of writers like Rainbow Rowell and Sarah Dessen, you will love UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES and will probably love Louise Gornall’s next book, too. UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES is for those who like contemporary and romance. The book also covers very serious topics such as mental health, and if you are a person who wants to understand mental health problems or if you are a person who also has agoraphobia and needs someone to relate to, UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES is the perfect book for you. I love this book, and I hope others who read it will thoroughly love it too.

Reviewed by Rebecca D., Teen Board Member on January 23, 2017

Under Rose-Tainted Skies
by Louise Gornall

  • Publication Date: January 9, 2018
  • Genres: Family, Fiction, Humor, Young Adult 12+
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 1328742040
  • ISBN-13: 9781328742049