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Under Rose-Tainted Skies

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  6,649 ratings  ·  1,520 reviews
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
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published January 3rd 2017 by Clarion Books (first published July 7th 2016)
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Louise Gornall It is. Jan 3rd 2017 US. July 7th 2016 UK! :)
Alex Similar to Aza in TATWD, Norah suffers from mental health issues. However their stories, life style and personalities are totally different.
For me,…more
Similar to Aza in TATWD, Norah suffers from mental health issues. However their stories, life style and personalities are totally different.
For me, Norah's character is much more interesting than Aza and I enjoyed her way of interacting with others.
Even though I'm not a fan of TATWD, I really love Under Rose Tainted Skies and it's one of my favourite books of all time! (less)

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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This book was great! It has a focus on anxiety, ocd, & agoraphobia. I feel like this book did a good job of exploring each of these topics and helping us the readers understand what a day to day life dealing with those things is like. I loved the mother daughter relationship that's showcased here. I feel like we don't often see good mother daughter relationships depicted in books and it was refreshing to read about. I wasn't a massive fan of the romance, but honestly what's new.
Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, owned
This was so well written and such an overall just beautiful story. You could really feel the authenticity as while this is fictional, the author herself has struggled with agoraphobia, OCD, anxiety, and self harm. However I will say I was not thrilled by the ending as I found it to be a bit rushed and too unexpected.
Emma Giordano
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5/5 STARS I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK. I have been devouring YA mental health novels lately so when I heard about a new release that dealt with agoraphobia, OCD AND anxiety, I could not wait to read it. It took me less than 2 days to read and I loved every single thing about it. I think I'm going to post a video review as well because I just loved it too much.

The #1 thing I loved about this book is the mental health rep. If you are interested in reading more books dealing with individuals suffe
Where do I even start?

I bet many of you will like this book. Is has that type of snarky, sarcastic main character who feels real and as if she were telling us her story while simultaneously living it. She’s vulnerable and she’s strong. She’s funny and she’s morbid. She’s real.

But she’s very sarcastic and says things that leave a bad taste in my mouth, such as: It’s possible I’ve ingested enough of my own fingers to call myself a cannibal.


Furthermore, I found the idea of exploring the t
Louise Gornall
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey guys,

My name is Louise and I'm the author of Rose. Thank you for giving Norah's story a shot. I really hope you enjoy reading it, as much as I enjoyed writing it.
may ❀
Full review posted:

From the moment I picked up this book, I KNEW it was going to be so epic that I would exit myself from real life


so basically, this book has GREAT MENTAL HEALTH REP and it’s ADORABLE but also really IMPORTANT and INFORMATIVE

let’s run a list of all the great things contained in this v short book
- Norah is the snarky kind of relatable
- Her over encompassing anxiety is described in such an accurate way
- Her crippling mental illness expresses itself in physical ways and honestl
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Sometimes things are going to happen and the only way out is through.”

This was my first YA romance read in quite awhile, but a number of things compelled me to pick it up:

• An agoraphobic obsessive-compulsive main character written by an own voices author.
• A wonderful mother/daughter dynamic.
• A main character named Norah!! (I'm still obsessed with Skam... but thanks to that, this show brought another positive thing into my life.)

And I continued reading when I quickly came to realize that the
This book.

This book, this book, this book.

I'm so happy that there's finally a real and honest book about agoraphobia. While I liked Finding Audrey, I didn't think it was completely realistic. The girl skips to Starbucks within a week because of a cute boy. And while there's a cute boy in Under Rose-Tainted Skies as well, he acts like a catalyst more than a cure. He's the reason Norah wants to work to get better, but he doesn't actually make her better, which I was infinitely grateful for. Pretty
Lily ☁️
“See, 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 that 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 stops being intrusive.

Am I coping? Yes, but it’s taking a monumental amount of effort to keep the dynamite inside my stomach from exploding.”

☁ bud
April (Aprilius Maximus)
"How can I expect people to empathise with a sickness they can't see?"

"You don't expect anything. You talk, you teach."


WARNING: this review will get super personal, if you're not interested in that I suggest skipping it.

“I'm being forced to challenge ideas that have kept me safe for so long. There's an entire library of information in my head, and suddenly I can't decide if any of it is worth reading.”

Under Rose-Tainted Skies was an amazing book. It was similar to Everything, Everything but better. It felt a lot more realistic than Everything, Everything and had what it was lack
Joshee Kun (조수아)
When people say weird, what they really mean is different. And difference has never been a bad thing. —Luke

I resolved to finally pick up Under Rose-Tainted Skies because it had been on my TBR since 2017 and the pages had turned murky yellow. Hahaha. Also, someone told me that the story was similar to a book that I felt meh about: Everything, Everything. Basically, my expectations were kinda low, but everything worked out well at the end because this book took me by surprise. Out of the 20 books
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Just pull yourself together! I mean, it is all in your head. Why can’t you just get over yourself?”

I loved this little book……this is the first time I have read anything related to mental health issues. And it’s so different from almost anything I have read before. Yes….It’s a guy meets girl story but well…the guy meets girl when she is fishing for groceries at her front porch :P

Its a story about a 17 year old girl named Norah…who suffers from anxiety, Agoraphobia and OCD. Agoraphobia ….what’s t
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
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Some books have flare, have that cover and synopsis that draws you in the moment you lay eyes on it. You know you want to read it, you know it's a genre you are absolutely obsessed with, but it's also a genre that makes it difficult to gauge what's going to be good, and what's going to be a pile of wasted potential. And under those breathtaking covers and beautiful synopses, you expect (and hope) to find a spellbinding novel, the same level of awesomeness the outside of the book promises...but
Laura Herondale
TW: OCD, agoraphobia, anxiety, depression, self harm. These are all prominent themes within the book, and will therefore be talked about in a fair amount of detail in this review. Please proceed with caution if any of these being portrayed in literature and/or being discussed is likely to trigger you. Take care <3

Also, note that throughout this review I will be heavily drawing from my own experiences with mental illness. For reference, I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Maj
4.5 stars!

Trigger Warning: Self Harm

"Mental health is usually the last place people go when they think about someone being sick.”

In general, I pretty much avoid contemporaries - especially those centred around mental health. I'm always incredibly worried that mental health would be treated inappropriately and really be more harmful than helpful. I originally heard about this book and how it dealt with similar topics like in Everything, Everything - which is not a good book in my opinion. I was
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Why do people keep telling me to be myself? Honestly. It’s like they’ve never even met me.”

Every now and then a certain someone takes a break from training monkeys in order to send me little treasures I didn’t even know I wanted until I received them. Under A Rose Tainted Sky is one of those. When I received a message telling me I had some goodies waiting for me if I would get off airplane mode (said monkey trainer also has to run
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow!! I totally did not see that coming at the end. I love Norah and her mum and their relationship.
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. This one just didn't work for me.

Norah is agoraphobic, has OCD, and has not left her house in years apart from trips to the doctor. Her life is pretty much limited to what she can experience online. The only human being she has regular face to face contact with is her devoted and protective mother. Then a cute boy moves next door. For some reason, Luke finds Norah intriguing, if also a bit odd. They strike up a friendship of sorts, which mostly involves Norah staring at him through a
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
WrensReads Review:

Overall, I really liked this story.
I thought it was more realistic than other mental-illness based books that I have read.

001. That Norah, our main girl, knows that she is being irrational but also knows she has to do it that way or the world will implode.. irrationally.
002. She calls herself crazy because, again, she knows that what she is doing is not necessary but at the same time it is necessary and she has to do it. Mental illness is weird.
003. Luke, our main dude,
Dannii Elle
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a heartbreaking and accurate account of a young life lived under the burden of mental illness. This is a must read for anyone looking to further their understanding of mental health and to read from more diverse perspectives. Despite the emotional nature of the tale, I found hope buried in the darkness and a reality that, however painful, was a necessary one to read about.
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it



okay guys so far I'm halfway and honestly, THANK YOU GORNALL for this amazing mental illness rep and not making meds and therapists seem fucking evil and bad with a CUTE ASS ROMANCEE
Joce (squibblesreads)
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not diagnosed with OCD or agoraphobia so I cannot comment on the representation but I enjoyed this a lot. :)
Kate (GirlReading)
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-favourites
Read my full review for 'Under Rose-Tainted Skies' on my blog here...

*spoiler alert, I loved it*

I adored this completely and utterly. This is possibly one of my favourite books I've read so far this year, everything about it was wonderful. I will have a full review up as soon as I can get my head around and put into words, somewhat coherently, just how much I loved this. I highly recommend it!
4 Stars for Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Trigger Warning: Self Harm

"When people say "weird", what they really mean is "different". And difference has never been a bad thing" - Luke

This was everything.

Lately I've been wanting to read more books related to Mental Health and this has a few different factors which include: Agoraphobia, OCD, Anxiety and Depression. This may get slightly personal but sometimes I think it's good to speak about your own experiences and to know that you're not alone, I can't
5 stars
Since I'm the laziest person you'll meet this is the same review as the one on my blog lol

This book was the best Mental Health representation I have ever read.

Louise Gornall manages to paint such a vivid image in our mind about what Norah goes through, and how a person who has Agoraphobia’s mind works. I realize that people without the illness can never realize the full extent of it, of how it works, and we can’t even pretend to understand it, but the way Louise Gornall wrote this bo
may ➹
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to may ➹ by: may ❀
So I read this literally ages ago and I remember nothing from it, so here’s a quick short list review for finally get this RTC out of the way!!

- There was amazing mental illness rep (including anxiety, agoraphobia, and OCD, I believe), according to a few ownvoices reviews. I don’t remember exactly how Nora’s anxiety was portrayed, but, saying this as a person with anxiety, I think it was written realistically! The book is also ownvoices as well.
- Nora was a really beautiful character, and her th
maram ☂︎
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh gosh this book brought tears to my eyes! It's a short story on an important matter that affects millions of people in our everyday lives. The core of this book is about how the main character, Norah copes with having agoraphobia, anxiety, and OCD. It's not an easy subject to talk about but I think the author did an incredible job to evoke the struggles and triumphs that her character faced. I found myself crying one minute to laughing in the next while also rooting for her, all along. There i ...more
Holly Bourne
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So Under Rose-tainted Skies is the most beautiful,yet unflinching, depiction of Agoraphobia I've ever read. Uncompromising in its truth. Also astounded at how Louise makes a book set entirely in one house so compelling.
Katie Gallagher
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Read this review and others on my blog!

I read pretty much exclusively fiction, but even so, a good majority of the books I read are for research purposes, with the aim of informing and improving my writing. I might pick up a book that I think would be a good comp title, reread a book to study an author's voice or methods for conjuring a specific mood, or even read a new release just to stay in touch with current literary trends. All this is why I basically abandoned reading fantasy last year—I
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