At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.
But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.
Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes? (c)goodreads
TITLE: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
AUTHOR: Louise Gornall
Publication Date: January 03, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporay, Mental Health, Romance
I think this book is the most realistic story I’ve ever read that devours mental health and issues. It dealt with anxiety, OCD and agoraphobia. Actually, I don’t know how to put into words my review of this. It’s just so wonderful – the rawness, realness, being so authentic and educational. I saw a FEW of my habits in Norah and it’s just so lovely that there’s really a book who can portrayed some of your personal crap and struggles. I just want to place a great emphasis on the self-harm topic in the story – you know, just a warning. Having a mental issues/disorders is a very serious matter. I know people resort to suicidal thoughts and self-harm as an outlet for their situation so I suggest to be aware of a few scenes here in the story. Anyway, it was all executed perfectly knowing it is a novel with own voices where the author implemented own experiences.
As for the characters, I really like Norah. She’s a badass at fighting her monsters. As for Luke, he is a wonderful love interest. Actually, for me he is not a book boyfriend type but he is so understanding, supportive, encouraging, and adaptive. He is not Norah’s knight in shining armor, riding a white horse, carrying a magical romantic cure for her mental disorders. The best thing I like in the romance of the story is that Norah is not your damsel in distress protagonist. Luke doesn’t save her and it was wonderful to see a romance that was able to flourish without fixing the person who is struggling. Luke compliments Norah in all the best ways and that’s the best thing he can do. This kind of disorder is the individual’s journey through overcoming fears and gaining control over what they believe has always controlled them. Keeping the people you love by your side will really help (especially here since the mother/daughter dynamic was wonderful + a very understanding Luke!!) but the willingness and tenacity of the person to save himself is a must.
Overall, I really love this book though somewhere in the last 40+ pages, my interest wavered a bit because I didn’t know, I just… I don’t even have the correct words to explain what I felt other than to say that it was not something I was anticipating especially when an intruder breaks into Norah’s house. (I still don’t know how that suddenly appeared in the plot.) Anyway, still a wonderful, thought-provoking and a really important book. It’s awkward and sad and honest and real and cute and true plus the writing was good (and the cover, damn it! 😍)
Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a book I recommend to everyone especially to all those fighting their inner demons everyday.