Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mental Health
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication date: January 3rd, 2017
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?
“You don’t have to take the last one twi, Dr. Reeves would say.
But I do, I’d tell her. Then she’d ask me why, and I would say, as I always do, Because that’s the way my mind works.”
Wow, I have to say I’m kinda surprised right now. To be completely honest, I wasn’t expecting to like this book. I thought it was going to end up being like Everything Everything, and I would give it a low rating, but it didn’t happen, and I’m so pleasantly surprised.
It was an own voices novel that dealth with OCD, agoraphobia and self harm, so have those triggers in mind in case you want to pick it up. I don’t know if it was a really good representation of those mental illnesses, but the author said in a note at the end of the book that this book was based on her experiences with her mental illnesses, and I have to say, it felt very realistic to me and I learnt more about that, so kudos to that.
“If Luke knew me better, he’d realize that it doesn’t matter how far or how fast he runs away from his comment; he said it, and my brain needs to know more like the body needs blood.”
Something that bugged me a bit at the beginning of the book is that the romance happened really fast. Like, really fast. It was very insta love-y, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of how the author created the interactions between them in the first few chapters. However, it’s true that I started to enjoy it more and more as I continued with the story, and found their relationship a bit less forced and more realistic.
And let me tell you, Norah was freaking awesome. She was such a funny, sarcastic and intelligent main character, and it was super easy to connect with her. To be completely honest, I would have loved to read more about her, because I feel it was a bit too focused on the love story that you really didn’t know much about her as a main character, and I would have very much liked to know more about her.
Another thing that I adored and you probably would know already by some previous reviews I’ve done was the relationship between Norah and her mother. They were really close, and I really enjoyed seeing how much they cared and look after each other. I was glad to see that this novel had a great parental figure, and that may have something to do with why I liked it that much.
“We can asume the best, but we can’t choose how people percieve us. We can, however, choose how those views affect us.”
Though there was one scene that happened towards the ending of the story that I didn’t expect at all, I think it was a bit too rushed. See, that’s something that bugs me with YA contemporaries: throughout the whole book it’s most likely the same, and in the epilogue everything is okay and perfect, and when it comes to my personal preferences, I’d like a much slower development, and not that rush endings that usually happen.
Overall, I think it was a solid story, and I enjoyed reading about a different kind of mental illness and learn more about it, but the romance took much more importance and it happened a bit too soon for my liking.
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