Book Review | Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publication: January 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Clarion Books
Source: Netgalley - Thank you Clarion for the chance to review!
Series: No

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

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Synopsis |   

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn't see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees. 

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn't so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good - or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke's eyes?

-From Goodreads

*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my feelings on the book. All opinions are my own.

Review |   This is my first book reading about mental health in YA and it left a lasting impression. It has made me want to venture more with novels about mental health and characters dealing with mental health. 

I really enjoyed seeing Norah's perspective and the way that she dealt with her mental health. I'm not completely own voices, I did relate to some of what Norah was dealing with. I appreciated and felt that the author delivered in a way that was realistic. There's was also a very heartfelt element to the story that just made me care so much about Norah and even Luke. 

The story between Norah and Luke was sweet. It was refreshing to see a more realistic perspective in the way that Norah didn't lose any part of herself in Luke. It was realistic to see Norah deal with both her mental health and developing a relationship with Luke and seeing where those two parts of herself could or could not fit together. 

I really loved Louise Gornall's writing. Norah was snarky and multi-dimensional. All that characters were written so well. I loved the general flow and pacing of the story. I completely devoured every word and loved every minute of it. I wanted to take the story slow and enjoy every minute, yet I also wanted to find out what happens. 

Overall, I really loved this story and writing. I feel so lucky to have gotten to read from Norah's story and so thankful to Louise Gornall for writing a character that I related to when it felt like no one could understand what goes on in my head. 

Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What was your favorite part of the story? If you haven't read this (or you have), what your recommendation for a great book talking about mental health?