I’ve been on a YA/Middle School reading binge (and a horror/thriller binge, and…fine, I’ve spent most of the past two weeks with my nose in a book.) This was simply a remarkable, fun, smart, painful (at times, in a good, “I feel her pain” kind of way) read. Let me introduce you to Louise Gornall’s Under Rose-Tainted Skies.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies
January 3, 2017
“A love story set against the backdrop of debilitating mental illness, this debut novel is a poignant work, infused with humor, self-doubt, and, eventually, self-acceptance.”
–School Library Journal
Under Rose-Tainted Skies Review
This book was simply amazing. If you can harken back to your high school days, and all the angst and struggle that came with it…now imagine you suffer from agoraphobia, anxiety and you are OCD – enough to keep you homeschooled and trapped in your house. Author Gornall captures it and wraps it up in the smart, funny and lovely Norah.
Y’all, I just fell in love with Norah. Actually, I fell in love with all the main characters – her mom, Dr. Reeves, and Luke. They rang true and likable, and I loved how Gornall showed that each character has their own unique personality quirks. We’re all perfectly imperfect, right? Told in the first-person, I felt Norah’s panic attacks, so the growth she has in the book with regards to her conditions felt like small victories for me. Mostly confined to her house, much of the tale reflects what is going on inside her head – and how that directs her behavior. It’s not all pretty, but it felt very real.