Review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Book Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Published: 2016
Page Count: 326
Rating: 4/5

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 screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good– or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?

I have to admit, I bought this book because of the gorgeous cover and because EVERYONE was talking about it. But I was not disappointed by this story. In fact I thought it was great! Norah is a strong and brave character who struggles with anxiety, agoraphobia, OCD and self harm. Her character feels so realistic compared to other characters in other mental health books that I’ve read. I’ll be honest, I did not understand (and I may never fully understand) what goes through the mind of someone who struggles with anxiety, but this book helped a lot on giving me insight to it. And I loved that! I love the fact that I picked this book up to read for pleasure and I ended up learning a thing or two on mental illness.

The romance in this book is very quirky and cute. One reason this books feels more realistic compared to other mental health books is that the girl does not get “fixed” by the boy. Just because a boy comes along doesn’t mean that her illness is just going to vanish. The ending of this book was not what I saw coming. But I did enjoy it and thought that it ended well.

I guess the only reason I didn’t rate this book 5 stars is because it reminded me a little of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. I saw quite a few comparisons in the two books. Also, I thought that the ending was quite rushed. Overall though, I enjoyed the book and definitely recommend it to friends.