All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
This review will have everything from my Goodreads one, both from when I finished it and my actual review when I could write down my thoughts without crying. I managed it. Just.
Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Part of a trilogy: No, it's a standalone.
Original publication date: 7th July 2016 (UK)/3rd January 2017 (US)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (Read August 2017)
To the right is the UK cover. Further down is the US cover.
Updated- 31/8/17. This will be longer than normal.
Trigger warnings- Self harm, anxiety and panic attacks.
I read this book in four hours- only stopping to lock the door after my mum went to work and to eat my lunch. The last book I read like that was Radio Silence, which I also love. As I said further down, I felt all kinds of emotions and this book has amazing mental health rep. Therapy is a big part of Norah's life and it was portrayed in such a positive way.
Norah is agoraphobic, suffers from anxiety which makes her have really bad panic attacks, depression, severe OCD and hasn't stepped out of the house in four years. Her old school friends have nothing to with her anymore and it's basically her, her mother and her therapist in her life.
Until Luke moves in next door. it makes Norah curious and she's often spying on him from her windows. It's not as creepy as I just made that sound, I promise. But she's had to be homeschooled for four years and became ill just as puberty set in. There is slight insta-love, but given the circumstances, I can understand it. But they take it really slow. And the situation is far more complicated than that, not least because Norah can't leave the house.
Luke is great. He has his own family problems, but is so kind to Norah and understanding of her situation when she tells him. What he doesn't know, he reads up on to help himself understand. (I really want someone like that in my own life). There are a few things in that I never saw coming.
One thing I want to say about this book is that, unlike other books about mental health where the MC meets a love interest and is 'cured'...is nowhere to be seen in this one. Luke helps Norah to begin to take steps forward, but by the end, she is still agoraphobic, going to therapy and everything else. But she chooses to view herself differently because other people do and believe in her and what she can do.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies needs more than five stars. It needs to be read by more people. But maybe, by reading and reviewing it myself, it's a start. We can all pass it on to people around us. As I said lower down, baby steps need to be taken to eradicate the mental health stigma. Maybe those of us who suffer from less than good mental health can get our stories out there some more. I'd like to hope I'm doing my bit in that too.
This is the US cover. I like both, but think I do prefer this one better. There's less pink in it and I'm not too much a fan of pink. Plus the sky/clouds look as though they could be part of a painting or something. At least in my mind. :)
I will say that it has one of THE best and most positive mental health reps I've ever read. I laughed a lot (which made me glad I was home alone), I cried and all kinds of stuff in between. It helped me to an extent too. This came from the author's experiences, which you can really tell.
If I could one day put my mental health experiences into a book and gift it out other people and help them, I'll be incredibly happy. Until then, I'm so glad books like this one exist in the world to reduce and help overcome the stigma of mental health.
Bit by bit.
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