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Under rose-tainted skies by Louise Gornall

446cdb8b8ec230755214392d356d284cTITLE: Under rose-tainted skies
WRITTEN BY: Louise Gornall
HOW I GOT IT: BookDepository
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 320


(PLOT BY GR) 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.


“Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms of anxiety in situations where the person perceives the environment to be unsafe with no easy way to get away. These situations can include open spaces, public transit, shopping malls, or simply being outside the home. Being in these situations may result in a panic attack.” (Wikipedia)

This book is about to knowledge mental illness: mental diseases are always so easy to judge, especially from people who doesn’t know what it feels to suffer from it; the classic response in front of this kind of disease is “Just don’t think about it” or “Be positive”. Examples of mental health illness are depression, anxiety, OCD, bipolar disorder — and we could go on and on, I’m sure there are lot of other diseases that I don’t even know they exist.
“Under rose-tainted skies” is such a realistic fiction (I guess) a lot autobiographic about agoraphobia and Louise did an incredible job in setting an entire story in Norah’s house; she was also able to deliver an entertaining and page-turner book without based everything on a love story. As I keep saying, we need more realistic fiction about mental health and increasing the awareness about it, we must stop diminish mental illness with the lovestory-will-always-fix-your-life stupid notion. Life is not like this!

“there is a certain amount of safety in knowing everything there is to know about a situation”

Norah suffers from OCD, she’s terrified about germs, natural disasters and everything that could happen out in the world. The obsessive compulsive disorder gets stronger and stronger over the years causing huge panic attacks and Norah feels safe only at home, far away from the real world.
The book drags the reader inside Norah’s mind, you can actually live in the first person how it is to live with OCD and agoraphobia: Norah gets so lost in her thoughts that sometimes she can’t even realize what is happening in front of her.

I really like the male character which I’ve personally seen him as a friend for Norah than an actual boyfriend. I like his awkwardness and being really cool at the same time, I wish I could have the cool part myself. (Still embrace the awkwardness!)
The writing was so emotional, vivid and sarcastic. I really loved the sarcasm, it was essential to lighten a little bit the topic. (Sorry, if you don’t like sarcasm that we can’t be friends. It’s oxygen for me!)

So this is Louise Gornall book DEBUT and she nailed it! I’m so curious about her next books. Dear Louise, you surely have find someone who will purchase your next book without thinking twice!


“Anxiety doesn’t just stop. You can have nice moments, minutes where it shrinks, but it doesn’t leave. It lurks in the background like a shadow, like the important assignment you have to do but keep putting off or the dull ache that follows a three-day migraine. The best you can hope for is to contain it, make it as small as possible so it stop being intrusive.  ”

RECOMMEND THE BOOK: You should read this book to educate yourself about OCD and Agoraphobia. You should never stop learning and empathize with other human being. This book is so alive that it’s totally worth your money! READ, READ, READ and learn!

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