Sunday, January 8, 2017

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall ~ My Thoughts


Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Clarion Books

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? 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.

Readers themselves will fall in love with Norah in this poignant, humorous, and deeply engaging portrait of a teen struggling to find the strength to face her demons.

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"I'm going to kill the damn blackbird sitting on my windowsill, chirping and squeaking at the top if its lungs. It hops back and forth, wings spread and flapping, but has zero intention of taking off."

Wow! I was totally hooked on this book from the very first chapter. The main character, Norah, is a teenger living her life with agoraphobia and OCD. Under Rose-Tainted Skies gives us a small taste of what it would be like to live this way. Norah first started showing symptoms about four years ago and now at seventeen, she has lived most of her teenage years being homebound. 

This was both an easy and a hard book to read. That's sounds contradictory, doesn't it? What I mean by that is, while it was hard to read about someone with agoraphobia and OCD and to have to see the trials and tribulations Norah goes through on a day-to-day basis, it was also an easy-to-read story because the author writes so beautifully. The words just flowed off of the pages. This whole story captivated me and it was one of those hard-to-put-down books that we all love to discover and get caught up in. I loved this book and will be looking forward to more from this author.  

I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book and am voluntarily reviewing it.

About the author 

My name is Louise, and I write YA books. Sometimes contemp, sometimes horror, sometimes thriller. My debut YA contemp, Under Rose-Tainted Skies, will be published by HMH/Clarion (US), and Chicken House/Scholastic (UK) in the fall 2016/17.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is about this chick, Norah, who suffers from agoraphobia, OCD and depression. Her life is one long blur of cheese sandwiches and trash tv, until she meets the new boy next door, Luke, and he starts to challenge her way of thinking.

I’m represented by the amazing Mandy Hubbard of Emerald City Literary.

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  1. I've seen a few other positive reviews for this book. It sounds interesting. I love the first line that you shared!

    1. It was a very interesting book. And it's amazing that the author has the same issues and that she is able to write so well about what it is like. Great read.

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    1. It was very good and I recommend it. Thanks for stopping by.


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