Under Rose-tainted Skies by Louise GornallUnder Rose-tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-tainted Skies

byLouise Gornall

Hardcover | January 3, 2017

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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.&nbsp
&nbsp &nbsp &nbspNorah can't leave the house, but can she let someone in?&nbspAs 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.
&nbsp&nbsp &nbsp&nbspReaders 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.
A junk food enthusiast, film nerd, and rumored pink Power Ranger, Louise Gornall writes about her own experiences to help encourage and facilitate conversations with other people also facing challenges with mental illness. She lives in England. Visit her website at www.bookishblurb.com , and follow her on Twitter at @Rock...
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Title:Under Rose-tainted SkiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.06 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544736516

ISBN - 13:9780544736511

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I usually dislike books with anxiety, OCD, depression, etc... Because it never fully captures how someone feels when they have an invisible illness (of course everyone is different though). My mom suffers from anxiety, and when I was about 12, my mom was Norah. Couldn't leave the house, for anything. My aunt did our groceries, I would get the mail, my mom couldn't even stand on our porch. Reading Norah's story pierced through my heart with how true, how raw, how emotional it is. I never understood it, when I was 12, but reading this helped me understand my mom better. How exhausting it is to live the life of someone who's always afraid, who's always worrying. The addition of a romance absolutely made the book for me. Beyond adorable to see a young man adapt to someone else's lifestyle and not only accept, but help her. This book has made a place onto my 'favourite reads' shelf! :)
Date published: 2017-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! really loved this own voices novel! thought it was well written and quite an enjoyable quick read
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strong depiction of anxiety and OCD Under Rose-Tainted Skies is one of my favourite books of 2017 so far. When I first heard of it, I was hesitant, because it sounded a lot like Everything, Everything and Finding Audrey, but I’m glad I was proven wrong. While the main characters of all three books are girls who are stuck in their homes for some illness reason, only this one explains mental illness so beautifully. Norah’s body won’t let her outside the house. When she has a therapy appointment, her mother has to drag her down the driveway to the car because she’ll collapse. Between anxiety, OCD, and agoraphobia, Norah’s hit a thousand times, every day, pretty hard. You’d be exhausted too. But she takes it, she’s grown used to it. She knows how to handle herself, as much as she misses having a life and being outside of her house. She’s been getting by just fine until she notices that the boy who just moved in next door, Luke, has noticed her through the window. But things get a lot worse when Norah’s mom was in a car accident and has to stay at the hospital, leaving Norah all alone without any help. When groceries are delivered to the house but left on the porch, Norah tries to reach them with a broom from the front door, but thankfully, Luke comes to the rescue. From there, Norah learns how to let Luke in, and Luke learns what it’s like for Norah. Of course, it’s pretty hard to date when one person can’t leave their house without passing out. But their relationship blossoms nonetheless. And it’s friggin adorable. What I loved most about this book is Louise’s writing, how she describes what Norah goes through. I felt like I was riding along Norah’s thought processes, feeling what it would feel like to have OCD and anxiety like hers. I was fascinated, and I’d recommend this as a way for people to learn how to understand those disorders. But while Norah was so strong, there were a few things in the story that could have used more fleshing out, like why Norah’s mom had to be mysteriously in the hospital for so long besides being an excuse for Norah and Luke to become closer, and maybe a bit more about Norah’s past. I also have an issue with the ending, but I can see why it went the way it did. Overall, I feel so warm and loving towards this book and Norah and I hope more people pick it up. I’m definitely interested in reading more from Louise.
Date published: 2017-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly touching A novel that makes you understand what it feels like to have mental illness and proves that you are brave even when you think you're not at all... This book was funny, heartbreaking, sad and inspiring all at the same time. I would really recommend it to anyone!
Date published: 2017-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Eye Opener I have never related and felt so attached to a character, until Norah came along. This story was so astonishingly raw and honest, and delves into the heavy topic of mental illness so well without glorifying or romanticizing it in the slightest.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sublime A novel that depicts mental illness in a raw and unfiltered way. Gives insight to OCD, agoraphobia, and anxiety, while also giving a cute and romantic side to this story. Very fast read and very VERY enjoyable. Highly recommend for readers who likes Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, as it is similar but also very different.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Astonishing. *4.5 star rating* I was fortunate to read Under Rose-Tainted Skies during a vacation, and I must say that the book itself is like a vacation from the typical books we read. Louise Gornall has created a book quite similar to Nicola Yoon's Everything, Everything, which stood as a flaw for me, but it had its own unique ideas - like its main concept surrounding a girl's agoraphobia—her fear of leaving her own house—and OCD. It's a real look at mental illness and how we all have the potential to find things in our lives that make us feel better or different about a specific fear we may have. In the main character—Norah's—case, we found that love and opening up were the best ways for her to succeed in life and realize that we cannot go through life solely in fear. This was amazingly written, poetically-inclined, and precious. I cannot help but FREAK OUT over everything Louise Gornall writes - or, in other words, I WILL FREAK OUT OVER THIS. My first instance of love for this story began when I saw the cover. It screams out "beauty and poetic writing," and that's what it truly provided me with. It gave me a new, RAW (most important thing) look at love that other contemporary romance or chick-lit novels seem to fail at. Gornall proves that love is not perfect; every picture-perfect moment may not be picture-perfect because something goes wrong. Occasionally, couples have these moments where they fail to understand each other or what they are trying to get at in their relationship. I loved that about Luke and Norah's relationship - they somehow made love feel, you know: achievable. Under Rose-Tainted Skies had a direct reference to each reader's heart because honestly? We're all looking for a beautiful story like this. "I want to be her. I don't care how much it costs; I would pay it to have her tan and high cheekbones," (195). Things definitely took a turn towards the end of the book where I got so confused and anxious to the point that I couldn't put it down. The whole book revolves around Norah's issues of opening up to her new neighbour, Luke, who begins to appreciate Norah for who she is, even though she is afraid to kiss, to make contact with him. But hey - they find things that they can do, like freak out over the same fandoms and watch horror films together. That is my idea of a perfect relationship. The imperfectness of the characters is what made this story SO SO SO lovely and memorable. It's been a few months since I read the last few words of Under Rose-Tainted Skies, but it feels like it was yesterday, just because the characters kind of, you know... live with you forever. Even though there weren't many characters in this whole story - because the fact that Norah couldn't leave her house, there was so much complexity all over the place. We get to see a struggling personality in Norah's mother, whose life also had to take a halt because of her own daughter's fear of experiencing things. But, as Norah gains strength, so do the people around her. I would really like to see a film come out of this with A+ actors who have the capability of mastering the emotional aspect of the characters and novel. "I want to tell him I'm sorry. I want to tell him I'm insecure. I want to tell him that I am hard work, that my head is a mess, that my sickness was making even the smallest thought explore that night. I want to tell him the kiss scared me but I can't stop wanting a second one," (302). Gornall's writing was raw and addictive. Once I began reading, I couldn't stop, but even if I had to, I kept reminding myself that it's worth the wait because I eventually will not be able to experience this story the same way anymore - the first time. YOU ALL NEED TO PICK THIS BEAUTY UP AND EXPERIENCE. Under Rose-Tainted Skies is going to be one of the best books you will read this year. It features issues we all need to talk about more, like phobias and mental illness. This is absolutely beautiful and deserves a try from everyone. *A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review. Thank you so much!*
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excited to read! I have heard many great reviews about this book, and cannot wait to read it!
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Starkly Honest Portrayal of Mental Illness This book was a very emotional read. The narrative itself was beautifully written, equal parts humour and honesty, unafraid of showing the unsugarcoated reality of mental illness - something that cannot simply be cured by "love" in the form of an attractive guy with a cute smile (something many people and authors seem to forget). The story is short and sweet, easily read in a single sitting but with a lasting impact. If you're looking for good rep of mental illness in a book that doesn't end with a magical cure at the end, this is the one.
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely and eye opening I adore this book. I really loved it. The characters, the plotline, the dialogue were interesting as well as was written in a soft and interesting point of view. Specifically the issues that it deals with. The author handled it with care and incorporated cute and complex characters to fill in the spots. Highly recommend if you love YA Contemporary with a unique twist.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from different perspective this book is an eye opener for MH illnesses
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review Number of pages: 326 Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1 Rating (out of five stars): 5 The thing I love the most about reading mental illness books while struggling with mental illness is I find there is always something there to relate to, even if it is simply the feeling of being trapped by mental illness. I have depression and un-diagnosed anxiety towards social situations (there is a reason I say it this way), but I still related to Norah, who has OCD and agoraphobia. Here’s the thing; mental illness sucks for all who have it, no matter how severe it is or whether it has been diagnosed or not. It’s like having a type of flu that no one can see. It’s like being trapped behind this fog in your mind. On a good day, you can escape the fog and mostly regain control, but often the fog with not let you fight through it no matter how hard you try, and you are forced to watch your mind and body be controlled by an invisible illness. You know that these fears, thoughts, and behaviours are irrational (well, my anxiety towards social situations steams from the copious amounts of bullying I received as a child, so some of it is semi-rational), but try as you might, you have no control over them. It sucks to be terrified to order food at a restaurant. It sucks to have people close to you ask you to ignore your mental illness for a second so you can do something for them, or to have them tell you how useless you are. If you don’t struggle with an invisible illness, read this book in order to learn how to act around those of us who do. If you do struggle with mental illness, read this and find a small part of Norah to relate to, and know you are not alone. Like I said above, I related to Norah. I really appreciated seeing someone else who watches and listens to people as defense mechanism. I didn’t think anyone else did what I do. I listen to how people interact with their friends and peers in order to figure out if they are safe to talk to, which seems really invasive and rude, but my brain does it automatically and doesn’t remember specific conversations, only how I felt about the people involved. I’m also germophobic, so I related to that aspect of Norah’s OCD, though my germophobia is nowhere near as severe. Speaking of healing, this book is helping me a lot already, and I finished it a couple of hours ago. I have tried going to therapy, but despite having dealt with four different therapists in my life, none of them have really ever helped (the latest one, who lasted one session, didn’t believe I was telling the truth). I have now decided that I need to lean on people in my life in order to recover, the only problem being that I currently have no one in my life to lean on (I only told my parents I thought I was mentally ill (I have been depressed at least since grade six (age 12)) and had my depression diagnosed last year). Most of my friends aren’t really my friends, and despite one of my parents also having depression, they aren’t great at helping me through it. I also remain completely un-medicated (don’t follow my example). Under Rose-Tainted Skies is the first thing in a long time to help my brain heal. Please do not take this as the only way to recover form a mental illness, but as a person with no one to turn to who is sick to death of this bug in her brain, I am finding a lot of what was said in this book to be rational and helpful. I am in the middle of trying to fight off a severe relapse of my depression (“normal” me will be back in a month or so), or I would have found this book hilarious. I share Norah’s dry sense of humour, and really wish I had been able to appreciate it more. The romance also doesn’t play a huge role in the story. It’s present, but if you skipped most of the romance parts, the story would flow perfectly fine. This is not your typical romance saves mental illness story. It’s the story of a girl with mental illness featuring a boy who likes said girl, who is trying to understand what she’s going through and be supportive. Overall, I found Under Rose-Tainted Skies to be helpful, relatable, and well written, earning it 5 out of 5 stars. I am truly grateful that this book exists.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely loved it! I loved this book so much, it broke my heart. It had interesting and real, raw characters, a captivating plotline and the writing was absolutely fantastic. Overall a very nice read. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Really good book. Really feel for her...all the characters really.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite read of 2017 so far! Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book. I chose to review it and this in no way impacts my opinion of it. I was very excited to see that Under Rose-Tainted Skies had a read now option on Netgalley and I clicked the read now button so fast I almost put a dent in my phone screen. I had been dying to read this novel and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it as quickly as possible, and I’m am extremely happy to announce that it did not let me down one bit. I didn’t know exactly what I was in for when I started reading, but I was grabbed almost instantly. Louise has such a way with words that it took hold of my mind and wouldn’t let me rest until I had finished the book. Under Rose-Tainted Skies was an eye opener of a book that absolutely blew me away. I have never known anyone in my life so far that has suffered a mental illness quite like the one Norah suffers from, and so this was my first time experiencing anything like it. I say experiencing because the writing in this novel was so magnificent and on point that I legitimately felt like I was a fly on the wall of Norah’s home. I absolutely loved how kind, understanding, and gentle Luke was with Norah and how he tried his best to learn what he could about her illness and help her in any way he could. He was such a sweet character that I instantly fell in love with him as Norah found herself falling. I highly recommend this novel to everyone and I cannot wait for it to be in bookstores so I can go and buy myself a hard copy. This novel blew me away and it instantly became one of the best I’ve read this year.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest This book was heartbreaking and hope filled. It was an honest portrayal of illness that does not pander or romanticize
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing YA Contemporary that Deals with Mental Illness *I received and eGalley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.* I went into Under Rose-Tainted Skies looking for a good, compassionate story about a girl living with mental illness and maybe to swoon a bit. I got both of those in abundance. I was also able to develop an incredibly strong connection to the characters which is a huge draw for me. I loved how mental illness was treated in this book. Norah proves that you can be incredibly compelling, likable, witty, etc. and suffer from mental illness contrary to what long-standing stigmas may suggest. Her relationship with Luke is also amazing; if more people were able to help those close to them struggling with mental illness the way Luke does with Norah, many lives would change for the better. I also love seeing Norah's thoughts on it and how her everyday life is affected and also seeing her try to progress. There's no magic cure for mental illness but we can all work together to make it manageable and support those around us that need it. I also wanted to swoon and I got that. As I'm sure you can guess from my mention of how Luke is with Norah, he ends up getting his very own book boyfriend membership card. He's funny, caring, kind, a little bit nerdy but also still cool, and an overall amazing character. I love them individually as characters and I loved their dynamic in dealing with one another. Norah's idea of talking to a guy she likes/flirting is soooo in line with how I am so it was nice to see another awkward girl because I always end up super envious of the girls in books that have great skills for talking to boys. I found myself not wanting to stop reading Under Rose-Tainted Skies when I had to take breaks for inconvenient things like work, meals, bathing, etc. It's not a fast-paced action story (obviously) but I was so incredibly invested that I flew through the book. The pacing was good and wanting Norah and Luke to hurry up and become a thing made it a quick read. This is easily one of my favourite YA books that touches on mental illness. I loved the story, the characters, the portrayal, the journey. I definitely recommend Under Rose-Tainted Skies if you're looking for a cute contemporary read that also sheds some light on life with mental illness.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Honest perspective about mental illnesses I enjoyed this book, and my friends said it seemed interesting when I discussed it with them. It is suitable for most ages but I am not certain that smaller children would understand some parts, such as Norah’s agoraphobia and her OCD. The book is completely honest about the truth of any phonia as Norah works to get better for him and isn’t just magically cured overnight. The book seemed to take very interesting turns and keeps you involved in their beautiful love story. The book tends to pull you in as the story unravels.
Date published: 2016-12-14

Editorial Reviews

? [Gornall's] managed to craft her own experience into fiction that is as engrossing as it is enlightening." -Bulletin "Through Norah's poetic internal monologue, Gornall, whose own experience with mental illness helped inform Norah's story, provides an intimate glimpse into the mind of a young woman battling some very real demons." -Publishers Weekly "A love story set against the backdrop of debilitating mental illness, this debut novel is a poignant work, infused with humor, self-doubt, and, eventually, self-acceptance." -School Library Journal "