Under Rose Tainted Skies took me a long time guys. Not because it’s not good, but because Louise Gornall’s depiction of anxiety and agoraphobia is so spot on.
Norah is confined to her house, where it and she feels safer. But when her mother has an accident while she’s working away, Norah is left home alone to face her own anxieties. And that’s when an unsettlingly cute new boy moves next door.
The UK covers come in three different kinds of pink, and the American cover is the most beautiful watercolour.
As Luke and Norah grow to know each other, he begins to help her challenge some of her brain’s own anxieties, and she begins to fall in love for the first time.
This is a great book on the role of carer that lovers and parents take on when mental illness and disability strikes. Some people have thought it was a little boy-saves-girl, but I disagree and really think this novel carefully considers the relationships Norah has.
Anyone who has not experienced these kinds of mental illness should definitely read this, as its so unflinchingly accurate, but readers who find it close to home tread carefully. There are mentions of self harm and anxieties galore, as one would expect.
What to read next:
- Am I Normal YetAm I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne
- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
- The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas
Thank you so much to Chicken House Books for the proof copy!