Published by Chicken House Books
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 …
To start with, this book comes in three different shades of pink, which I think is absolutely the cutest thing ever!
Under Rose-Tainted Skies focuses on protagonist Norah. She’s a very open and honest character, having no problem talking about her ‘problems’. Norah is agoraphobic, she doesn’t leave the house. She has major social anxieties. She has OCD. The strange thing about Norah for me was that she made fun of herself for the things she had going on. I guess it would be a coping mechanism for Norah.
When Luke, the new boy moves in next door Norah cannot help but to be intrigued. Luke is obviously a love interest in this story but that doesn’t mean that Norah is miraculously cured. Norah first isn’t sure how to tell Luke about the things that make her different. She thinks that he will judge her and not want to know anymore. Luke was really refreshing though because instead of doing those things, he did the opposite. Luke wanted to know more and to be educated. He wanted to help Norah in any way he could and most importantly, he was patient!
Now, this isn’t really a negative about the book but I guess there isn’t much of a plot. I mean, there is, but not in the way you’d expect. Under Rose-Tainted Skies is about Norah’s personal journey and that is the plot. There is no love triangle drama, no bitchiness of going to a high school (although this does kind of crop up). Louise Gornall makes this such an interesting book even though the protagonist barely leaves her house!
I really enjoyed Under Rose-Tainted Skies. It wasn’t what I was expecting but it was very fun but educational for me at the same time.
Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.