Under Rose-tainted Skies

Under Rose-tainted Skies

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Will teenaged Norah, who is struggling with agoraphobia and OCD, accept that she could be the right one for sweet, funny Luke?
Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. She meets Luke when her groceries are left on the porch, and she can't even step out to get them. 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. Can she let him go, or will she find the strength to face her demons?
Publisher: Boston :, Clarion Books,, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
Description: 326 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780544736511
Branch Call Number: TEEN Gorn


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Aug 25, 2018

Back at the Winter #TeensReadFeed event, the first book we as a group were introduced to was Under Rose-Tainted Skies. The book focused on a topic that I admit I have never read anything about: agoraphobia. Our heroine Norah suffers from agoraphobia, OCD and is anxious as all hell, and while these are parts of her character, she works so hard throughout the story to not let these things define her.

I think what struck me about this novel was how well Norah's anxiety was portrayed. I suffer from social anxiety, so seeing her anxious thoughts on the page had me constantly nodding along with her feelings. These were feelings I recognizing because they were things I were feeling on a constant basis. There was even one part where she discusses how being social drains her batteries to the point where it takes a long time to recharge, and part of me wanted to yell at the book, "Girl, I feel you."A lot of how Gornall describes Norah and her illness are things I recognize in myself -- things that are ugly, that I wish weren't a part of me, but I accept that they are there and choose to fight against. Norah struggles with loving herself, and it makes it hard for her to love others because she has no concept of loving herself. I can understand that completely, and I personally still have those kind of days. I loved a lot of the descriptions in this book and I feel like Gornall hits this aspect of the story near perfectly.

I think Under Rose-Tainted Skies offers a wonderful perspective on mental illness that feels very authentic in ways that other YA novels have struggled with. Norah's story is messy, its heartfelt, and Gornall's message to her readers is so loud and clear. These are the reasons to read this book, pain and simple.

Jul 24, 2018

If you’re looking for a book that is along the lines of “Everything, Everything”, but much better in every way, look no further. Norah struggles with agoraphobia, anxiety and OCD. The first few chapters really got my brain in a twist, but after, this was a sweet novel. It lacked plot, but was still very loveable. I think everyone needs a Luke in their life! I’ve heard that the mental health representation is also very accurate, which is a good contrast to the disaster that was Nicola Yoon’s similar novel. It breaks stigma, creates an original and moving story, and was a pleasure to read. Rating 3/5 @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

The novel “Under Rose-tainted Skies” stars Norah, a not-so-average teenage girl who battles with OCD, anxiety and agoraphobia. Because of these conditions, Norah never got to experience feeling “normal”... until Luke. Met purely by chance, Norah starts to find herself falling for him. Hard. And she’d like to say that he feels the same way. When she is with him, she can feel like just a “normal” girl talking to her crush, until she reminds herself that she isn’t. She isn’t, and she never will be. She can’t go outside like a normal teenage girl and she fears that if she stays with Luke, she is definitely sure she will drag him down and prevent him from living and experiencing many things that she could never offer. Under Rose-Tainted Skies was an enlightening book that didn’t shy away from mental illness. It explained the lonesome and mortifying effects of mental illness in a way that would touch readers’ hearts. The romance was a little confusing, but there were also the very sweet moments that make up for its shortcoming. I love this book and would definitely recommend it to those who are interested in learning about mental health. Rating: 5/5 -@Iron_Rose of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Cynthia_N Apr 05, 2017

I really enjoyed this story! I thought the author did a great job of creating a character with an extremely disabling case of agoraphobia and OCD. It is a little predictable but I didn't care one bit!

Mar 15, 2017

Absolutely stunning and amazing! This book gave me a whole new perspective on those who have phobias and such. I have never known anyone with a situation as Nora had, but reading this book allowed me to relate quite a lot! Louise really did an amazing job and the characters were easily relatable. It's a really nice book to read if you have the time and the plot is wonderful. I definitely recommend this book to everyone and anyone.

Well Louise Gornall, I'll be waiting for your next book!

The book “Under rose-tainted skies” was an amazing book. I couldn’t stop reading this book, the story connects with your emotions and you feel like your going through everything with the character. A girl, Norah, has a mental illness and she can’t leave her house because she is afraid of everything. A new boy moves in next door and becomes curious about the girl next door. They become friends and then they fall in love. He helps her. I liked how real the book was how people with mental illness can’t control how they feel/what they do. I like the characters; they struggled through many problems, but did not give up on each other. How by the end she is getting better, but it never really goes away.
Imagery was well represented. I could really see what was happening. I could imagine the people and places. Some of the conversations between the mother and daughter were really funny; there is humor in the book. The conflict is meaningful, and everything that is written adds to the book in some meaningful way. I would recommend this book for 10 year olds and up, it is pretty deep book. (p.s. I love the cover and the authors note in the begging really adds to the story.)
(Reviewed for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject)

This book was amazing. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down and finished it within hours. I give the book a 5/5 stars and I'll be buying a copy the moment it comes out. Norah was an extremely unique and different character, one that I've never read a story with a character like. It was enlightening to read a book based on mental illnesses, as I believe it's important to understand and respect the situation of many people in the world, and it was amazingly written. Although there were a few editing errors, the book is beautiful and the cover fits the novel perfectly, it was actually the factor that drew me to the book in the first place! The plot started with Norah heading off to a therapist appointment, ridden with panic attacks and nearly unable to leave her house. That morning she met Luke, a friendly and cute boy who moved in next door. Their budding romance unfolds throughout the book, ending abruptly in a messy mistake that sends Norah into a downfall of regret. They're brought back together when Norah's house is robbed and she somehow manages to escape, finding safe refuge in Luke once again. The characters are wonderful and easily relatable, Norah's situation is brutally real. The story includes a humorous theme that sends an addictive feeling throughout the chapters that leave you entertained and wanting to read more. Louise Gornall did an amazing job with this novel and I hope to read it again one day.
(Reviewed for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject by Aubree)

Norah, 17, suffers from agoraphobia and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), making her unable to step outside of her house, she has accepted her life within the walls of her house. She relies on social media and her house to feel a sense of security. A new boy, Luke, moves next doors and due to a series of events they become friends as their friendship dives deeper. Soon, Norah starts to question herself as thinks she isn't good enough for Luke due to her messed up brain. Norah not only continues to fight with her illness but with her relationship with Luke as well.
I really enjoyed this book for all the points it covered and for the representation of mental illness, though I did face one small issue. The only problem I faced with this book was loss of connection between the two characters at the end.
This own voice book has astonished me, for the author, Louise Gornall, has managed to engage the reader with the limited worldview of Norah, a girl who cannot step outside, and a limited amount of characters within this book. This story was very well written and things were not sugar-coated, it was very realistic. I also really liked the acknowledgement of mental illness and the awareness it spreads. Despite mental illness being the foremost characteristic of the protagonist, I really appreciated that Norah was beyond her illness.
Overall, I really admired this book, for it sheds light on important issues now-a-days such as mental illness and self acceptance.
(Reviewed for the CloverdaleTeenBookReviewProject by J.R.)

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