Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Release Date: January 3rd 2017
Genres: Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries, General, Girls & Women, Health & Daily Living, Romance, Social Themes, Young Adult Fiction
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.
UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES was a very pleasant surprise. I’ve been excited to read it ever since I first saw the synopsis, but this book exceeded my expectations despite it not being quite what I expected. This book was especially important to me because I struggle with anxiety and knew I could form a connection with this book.
Norah is a great protagonist; she is easy to relate to and care for. If you have anxiety or OCD or know someone who does I think you will definitely see the accuracy of the illnesses depicted. It is not hard to sympathize with Norah’s struggle and feel for her. Her humor is somewhat self-deprecating but totally my style.
“Sometimes things are going to happen
and the only way out is through.”
Besides the fact that this is a realistic and honest look into having a mental illness, I thought the pacing was this book’s second strongest aspect. Despite being a character-driven novel, the pages flew by. Norah really drives the story forward and UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES was never boring even though it only had two settings.
The relationships that are explored in this book are fantastic – Norah has great help from her doctor, an amazing support system in her mother, and a friend (maybe more?) in the neighbor, Luke. Luke is an absolute godsend; I hope everyone can meet a Luke.
Along with some other very minor issues, I thought UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES was brought down by a semi-abrupt ending/resolution. It happened to come out of nowhere and seemed like a random late attempt at trying to wrap up the story. While all the loose ends were tied, I expected more from the ending. Still, I would definitely not hesitate to recommend this book.