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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (7 July 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1910655864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1910655863
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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An authentic and moving depiction of mental health issues as well as a beautiful, inspiring story of first love, this young adult romance recognises that love and relationships come in all different shapes and sizes. (The Sun)

Honestly and gorgeously written, with a wonderful narrator. (Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season)

Honest and moving, this book doesn't pull any punches. It is both hopeful and realistic and paints a vivid picture of how crippling anxiety can be. Norah's voice is sympathetic rather than pathetic, layered with slowly revealed strength, and it will stay with you long after finishing. (The Scotsman)

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is an important book, there is no doubt about that. But it's also a beautiful one about being a teenager, first love, identity and, yes, mental health too. If there is one novel you pick up this year that covers an important subject not often found in young adult fiction, let it be this one. (Page to Stage reviews)

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is an incredibly special and important book that I'm sure I'll be raving about for the rest of the year. Unflinching, honest and quietly hopeful it's an absolute must read for anyone living with, or who is affected by, mental health (which means all of us, right?). (Jess Hearts Books)

I knew I was going to enjoy Louise Gornall's debut, but I didn't expect to love it as whole-heartedly as I did. Under Rose-Tainted Skies is my favourite contemporary YA read of the year so far. Hands down. (So Little Time for Books)

How can I put down in words how much I loved this book, how much it affected me on so many levels, how much I loved Norah and Luke ... Under Rose-Tainted Skies was a book I went into with no expectations, and came away with a book hangover, struggling to sit down and read for a few days after, and even now I'm still thinking of it. (Much Loved Books)

For me personally, this book is the most important YA novel on mental health I've ever read ... This book is wonderful and heartbreaking but it s also wonderfully uplifting and full of hope, and so much bravery ... It has had such a huge impact on me, and I'll never be able to thank Gornall enough. (Once Upon a Bookcase)

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About the Author

Louise Gornall is YA aficionado, film nerd, junk food enthusiast, and rumored pink Power Ranger. Under Rose-Tainted Skies is her first novel, and she can be found on Twitter @Rock_andor_roll. She lives in England.


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This is one of those books I wanted to throw at numerous people because it gets it . And books like this can help so many more people understand what it’s like, if only they’d read it.

I loved this book for how important it is. It’s the story of Norah, living with Agoraphobia and OCD.

Right off the bat, I’m placing trigger warnings on this for Anxiety, OCD, and self harm. While I do think it’s important for books like this to be written, read and shared, this book is heavily thought based, being from Norah’s point of view. So please be wary – if reading from the point of view of someone with these conditions can affect your own thoughts, be careful if you’re tempted to read this one.

But this is such a realistic depiction of Agoraphobia. I can’t speak for the OCD side of things – though that did feel true to form too, as far as I can tell and from the reviews I’ve read – but as someone who has Agoraphobia, I can assure you this is an honest show of it. While I don’t have it as bad as Norah, the thoughts are still there, and so I related to this wholeheartedly. Hence why I wanted to throw this book at the people around me, trying to get them to understand.

I loved how this book discusses the prejudices of mental health. It shows how frustrating it can be to have an invisible illness, with phrases like “you don’t look ill” thrown around when you try explaining, almost to dismiss it altogether. But it was this…this one paragraph I specifically wanted to throw at people –

“See, anxiety doesn’t just stop. You can have nice moments, minutes where it shrinks, but it doesn’t leave.
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By Miss VINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2017
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I usually hate books in which very little actually happens, but this is a shining exception. Although it's got a very slight plot and almost all of the action takes place inside one house, featuring a cast of only three characters, the writing is so involving that it actually feels like a very fast paced book. I struggled to put it down.

The book tells the story of Norah, a teenager who suffers from mental health issues that normally keep her locked inside her home, but the arrival of a new boy next door changes everything. The author's description of Norah's anxiety, OCD and agoraphobia pulls you in and anyone who's suffered with these will know how accurate her writing is. This should be required reading for anyone who wants to help support someone with mental health issues.

This could have been a depressing book, but although it is very sad at times, it's also hopeful and a book about strength, love and compassion. The romance is beautiful but not simplistic, and it isn't a trite 'love cures all' situation. Luke and Norah's relationship is complex, difficult and wonderful. Highly recommended.
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Mental health and wellbeing in teenagers is a hot topic at the moment, and I wish some of those in charge of funding decisions could actually be made to read this book, and to understand just what some of our young people are going through.

Norah - the protagonist - is constrained by her anxieties, which manifest as obsessive thoughts and behaviours, and as agoraphobia. Apart from those issues, she's witty, intelligent and likeable - with a side order of frustrating but hey, that's a teenager for you. Her life changes when Luke moves next door ... although you'd be so wrong to think that this is a "love changes and overcomes everything" story. It's not - otherwise Norah's mother's love for her would have fixed her. What it is is an empathetic and sensitive portrayal of what it is like to be powerless against your own mind.

It's not as hard going and brutal as some books, but it doesn't shy away from depicting self harm, for instance, and the episodes of that rang true (and SPOILER also the recovery, later) - and I know what I'm talking about on this, trust me.

Overall, an excellent book tackling difficult issues.
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I'm astonished how I read this book in around four hours straight, I started around 6am. Much to early for anything but I couldn't sleep. I was not expecting to fall in love with this book so quickly, it was insane!

A book of this kind -so fresh and exciting, different but cool- was a first for me. I'd use the same words to describe Norah.

I will not hesitate in reading more of Louise Gornall's books, I liked her laid-back writing style. This book was quite possibly just what I needed to read, it couldn't have come at a better time.

Everything was just perfect - I loved Nora's cute awkwardness, her determination in the face of her paralysing fear -agoraphobia, and her first encounter with Luke was hilarious. This is a book that explores agoraphobia but in a comfortable and highly entertaining way. A must read, definitely!

NB: I borrowed this book from my local library. Made it to my favourites list.
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Under Rose-Tainted Skies follows Norah, a teenage girl who has agoraphobia (a phobia of open/outside places) and OCD. She lives at home with her Mum and she struggles to do everyday tasks such as collecting groceries or simply getting into a car. That's until a new neighbour moves in - Luke, who despite Norah's seemingly 'odd' behaviour, is intrigued and wants to get to know her better.

At first glance, you definitely can't deny the initial similarities to Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (which I feel is a shame because without a doubt, anyone who has read both novels will instantly compare them).

Teenage girl with fear of going outside?

Check.

New, attractive, teenage boy neighbour?

Check.

Yet saying this, I absolutely LOVED Under Rose-Tainted Skies, especially the ending, and was not disappointed whatsoever! (I did like Everything Everything but feel this really had the edge in terms of the characters, relationships and certain events in the plot). Throughout, I was completely intrigued as to what would happen next (as I keep saying, that ending though!). Even though the majority of the book takes place within Norah's house and only a handful of characters feature, I felt it was very diverse as new events and situations were introduced.

What I particularly loved was how accurately mental health was written about. As I was reading it, I felt I was Norah. The description and mentality was portrayed so well, that despite not having OCD or agoraphobia, I completely understood where Norah was coming from and it was interesting to view everyday tasks in this way. Norah is a completely loveable character and it was hard to see her go through certain events which I would normally take for granted.
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