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.
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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

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good This book was amazing. It really was eye opening to mental illness.
Date published: 2018-09-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from disappointing I have been wanting to read this book for a while now, and was excited to start. When I first heard about it I was like FINALLY, a book where the main character has agoraphobia and OCD! Someone who can portray the struggles of having an anxiety disorder! I was disappointed, and for many reasons. I think the most frustrating aspect I found with this book was that Norah literally never tried to get better. She just accepted that she had barely left her house in the past 4 years and never really tried to work towards making progress. While she occasionally considered leaving her house at different points in the book, she never TRIED. She never PUSHED HERSELF; all she did was give up and accept defeat. Then her Mom and therapist are just like okay that's fine, like NO IT IS NOT FINE!!! It just really frustrates me how easily Norah gave in to her OCD and anxiety. When we meet Norah she's a prisoner in her own home because her illness is so bad. Someone allowed her to get that sick without proper treatment. With her illness being as severe as it is, Norah should be on medication and at the VERY LEAST. Second thing that I didn't like was the lack of support Norah had. Like her Mom leaves her chronically ill child home alone while she goes away on a business trip? You would think that with the severity of Norah's illness she would have set someone up to take care of her and keep her company. Like what about those nice neighbours who collected rainwater??? Seems like Norah and her Mom are fond enough of them. At other times her Mom never pushes her to face her fears; she enables her to spiral and get sucked in. <spoiler>At one point in the book her Mom literally leaves Norah when she's about to pass out in the kitchen to go gardening. Like WHAT?!?! What I did enjoy about this book was how Norah's OCD and anxiety was portrayed. We saw how much she struggled with it, and the severity of mental illness. There are so many people out there who suffer from mental illness and are brushed off like Norah was. I really like how the concept of having an invisible illness was portrayed. Mental illness is just as severe as physical illness, and isn't something that you can just "snap out of" as Norah said. This point was emphasized at multiple points throughout the book, which I applaud. Overall, I believe that this book would have been better if Norah had proper support and medical care. Her mental illness itself was portrayed really well though.
Date published: 2018-09-17
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