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

Under Rose-tainted Skies

byLouise Gornall

Audio Book (CD) | 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.  
     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. 
     Listeners 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.
LOUISE GORNALL is a film nerd, identical twin, junk-food enthusiast, and avid collector of book boyfriends. She lives in England, blogs at bookishblurb.com, and tweets @Rock_andor_Roll.
Title:Under Rose-tainted SkiesFormat:Audio Book (CD)Dimensions:5.9 × 5.1 × 1.2 inPublished:January 3, 2017Publisher:Penguin Random House Audio Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1524724009

ISBN - 13:9781524724009

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope I read this book a while back so I couldn't write a current review detailing all of the misfires without checking my goodreads review so here it is: I didn't find the romance believable. Luke and Norah don't even have a somewhat engaging conversation until about the 180 page mark. Before then, it was just one awkward and uncomfortable confrontation after another and I have a hard time believing that Luke would be interested enough to ditch school and any potential friends to keep talking to her. I don't understand why both of them are so isolated. They don't spend time with anyone besides each other. With Norah, it's because of her agoraphobia so she sees her mom and occasionally her therapist. But Luke threw a party the first weekend he started school, where these guys help him set up, and yet he doesn't make any friends at all? Norah even described how friendly Luke and the other guys were with each other so where did that camaraderie go? Their flirting took up more than half of the book, which consisted of Norah thinking Luke was hot, freaking out in his presence, him apologizing, and her freaking out more because she didn't want him to apologize. Sprinkle in some conversations about their interests and viola: their entire relationship. There was one part that made me smile where Norah says she and Luke talked about cheese. It reminded me of that She's the Man gag where the characters practice flirting by talking about cheese. Then it gets really intense when Luke asks her to be his girlfriend because he talks about how they could travel to France and have all of these adventures one day. Like relax man. You guys have known each other for, like, a month? You asked her to be your girlfriend the other day and she has AGORAPHOBIA. Norah and Luke obviously have some misunderstanding over this and then everything seems all peaches and cream after an incredibly rushed ending that was basically "love cures mental illness." I think the book introduced some interesting concepts but never acted on them because the author wanted to focus on the romance and Norah's mental illness. For example, her mom's injury. She gets hit by a car and is in a hospital for a week but nothing comes out of it. When she returns, she's a little bruised, which stresses out Norah, but so what? What purpose did that subplot serve? Was it so Norah had the chance to talk to Luke without parental interference? Well it wouldn't matter anyway because Norah and Luke's first few interactions weren't very frequent or long AND Norah's mom would always leave them alone when they were together. Luke also mentioned talking to a kid that knew Norah before her agoraphobia took over her life. How come no one remembers her or tries to contact her? I get it, friends distance themselves, especially during situations like these where they don't understand, but no one tries to reach out to Norah at all to see how she's doing? She has a Metro page and is able to look at her old friends' and classmates' social media so wouldn't the reverse be true too? I didn't need her to rekindle any relationships with her old friends but a "Hi, how are you?" would have sufficed. I just wish Norah had some sort of outside contact besides her love interest, mom, and therapist. With online communities increasing in number, I feel like Norah should have at least an online friend to correspond with. I think the book should have focused more on the family dynamics between Norah and her mom and not letting her mental illness define her, rather than the romance.
Date published: 2018-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Real and eye opening Loved every page, her words are a window into the type of struggles many face everyday.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read A lovely story which tackles mental illness with tact and sensitivity. Well done.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!! I loved this books so much. I've read this a year ago and I still think about it.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yes The story flows so effortlessly and it has so much originality
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This book caught my eye from the start and for a good reason. I absolutely loved this book. It was so fun, and sad and real. I feel like it portrays mental illness very well, and also illustrates teenage romance very well.
Date published: 2017-10-02