Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall (Review)

Under Rose-Tainted SkiesSummary from Goodreads

Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.

Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 7th 2016 by Chicken House

My Thoughts

Under Rose Tainted Skies is a beautiful debut about a girl stuck within the confines of her own mind. The story is crafted to perfection and was ever so up front and real. More impressively the entire story was set in only one house. Louise Gornall tackles the subject of agoraphobia head on and will have readers everywhere feeling that bit more enlightened.

I adored main character Norah! She has a strong voice and is easily likeable. I felt that through Norah’s voice I could understand the complexities that make up her everyday life. Normal everyday things were a struggle for Norah…silly things that other people just take for granted without even a second thought. I think the most important thing is the fact that I believed Norah – her panic and heartache was very real to me.

Then along comes a boy and throws her life even more up in the air. Norah likes Luke – really really likes Luke. How can she get close to him though? How will her ever understand her ways? It’s a battle for both characters and their journey is both beautiful and difficult…

Gornall’s stunning debut is hopeful and will open the eyes of readers everywhere! It tackles tough topics in a very unique and very readable way. I will most definitely be keeping a beady eye on what Louise Gonall will write in the future – she is one to watch!

5/5 Stars!


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