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message 1: by Natalie (new)

Natalie The Biblioholic Well, I love your honest review, that's for sure. I agree with you though. I thought most (if not quite all) teenagers could flirt and be romantic. Did this Luke character have access to TV? The internet? Friends?Hope your next read is a good one! xo


message 2: by Lola (new)

Lola Thank you!!


message 3: by Lola (new)

Lola yeah haha, you got that right!
I get it too!! I love it!! But hers was... otherwordly, and not in a good way xd
The ARC is SO pretty. So pretty.


message 4: by Clara (new)

Clara Great review, girl ! Sorry you didn't like this one that much :( It's true that sometimes comparisons can be too much when they're overused and don't always make sense ^^ However, you definitely made me curious about "Everything, Everything" that you seem to have really liked ;)


message 5: by Lola (new)

Lola Natalie wrote: "Well, I love your honest review, that's for sure. I agree with you though. I thought most (if not quite all) teenagers could flirt and be romantic. Did this Luke character have access to TV? The in..."

Oh yes, he did. He did say he was a bit awkward, but I think our instincts just kick in when we're close to people who attract us, right?? Thank you so much!


message 6: by Lola (new)

Lola Clara wrote: "Great review, girl ! Sorry you didn't like this one that much :( It's true that sometimes comparisons can be too much when they're overused and don't always make sense ^^ However, you definitely ma..."

Everything, Everything made me feel so good inside. It's sweet and sad but so, so heartfelt! If you get the chance, you'll want to give it a try :D The ending of it is... unexpected, to say the least. A bit like the author didn't know how to end it... but it's so good up to the ending!!


message 7: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Oh no! I was so looking forward to this. Though I will admit that the premise sounded a lot like Everything, Everything. I was excited to read another book on agoraphobia, but the way you described Luke makes me want to skip this one. Sorry you didn't enjoy this more!


message 8: by *eKa* (new)

*eKa* Well, he need to learn how to flirt from Jude Law LOL
Nice review, Lola :)


message 9: by Lola (new)

Lola Andie wrote: "Oh no! I was so looking forward to this. Though I will admit that the premise sounded a lot like Everything, Everything. I was excited to read another book on agoraphobia, but the way you described..."

Hey, Andie! While the writing and characters are quite different from EE, many things will make you think of it.... Luke, he's okay. He's nice, you know and good to Norah, so I couldn't hate him at all. But yeah, he could have been more romantic. Thank you!!


message 10: by Lola (new)

Lola eKa wrote: "Well, he need to learn how to flirt from Jude Law LOL
Nice review, Lola :)"


Who's that??? IS he a character from a Judy Nelson book??


message 11: by *eKa* (new)

*eKa* Lola wrote: Who's that??? IS he a character from a Judy Nelson book??"

Oops, I thought you know who he is. He's an English actor who's famously known as a heartbreaker.


message 12: by Lola (new)

Lola oooh yess, I watched some of his movies (Spy, The Holiday), I just never related the name to the face before. :P


message 13: by *eKa* (new)

*eKa* Yes, that's him :)


message 14: by Monique (new)

Monique V for some reason, I can't make my self read any mental illness books that are advertised as that. I like when a book has a side character that maybe suffers a mental illness but I can't just read straight up mental illness books. IDK why...


message 15: by Candace (new)

Candace Great, honest review, Lola! :)


message 16: by Lola (new)

Lola Well that's interesting, Monique. It's like you like to be surprised by it lol, or maybe when it's not the main attraction? That's okay, it's just different. ^^ Thank you!


message 17: by Pam (new)

Pam Great honest review, Lola :)


message 18: by Lola (new)

Lola Thank you, Pam!!


message 19: by Kirsty (new)

Kirsty This book probably isnt for everyone I havent finished it yet but I love it because as a sufferer or severe anxiety and OCD this is a very realistic depiction of the illness but I can understand why others who dont suffer my see only its surface value as a ya contemporary. I dont think its fair comparing it to Everything Everything imo though - if you look at just the surface I can see the parrallels however in EE the girl didnt actually have an illness where as Norah does so the point you make about the mothers for me is a little unfair.
However I do appreciate that this is your opinion and I always find it interesting to read differing opinions I just wanted to throw my initial thoughts out there as a sufferer


message 20: by Lola (new)

Lola It certainly is! I mean, the mental illness theme sounded realistic to my ears. :) But it IS a YA contemporary book with romance and themes that are important in the life of teenaers, so I couldn't possibly only have talked about the mental illness one, since it focuses on other things, also, you know? Oh, and one of the main problems for me was the writing. I'm only saying this because I have the impression the review offended you ''as a sufferer of severe anxiety and OCD'' and for that I'm sorry. I don't mean to offend anyone. I'm glad you love it!!

Well, of course, EE and this book are not one in the same, but I COULDN'T not compare them as I was reading so that was a problem for me. If I weren't able to compare them so much, I wouldn't have pointed that out... It's true, the girl in EE doesn't have a mental illness, but she feels a lot of what Norah feels, IMHO...

Thank you so much for your thoughts!!


PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps Did you have trouble writing a negative review because of the notes before and after the book that Norah was basically the writer? I feel like I'm about to write an honest review that's going to crush her fragile heart, but I can't write a positive review just because the writer is mentally ill. Ugh.


message 22: by Jess (new)

Jess I haven't read the book, so I can't agree or disagree with most of your review, but I just want to say that I have a form of OCD called dermatillomania, where i basically pick and eat my skin, so I've often made jokes to myself and other derma sufferers about being a self-cannibal, so it's not really all that weird.


message 23: by Aslee (new)

Aslee Comparing this to Everything, Everything is so....... I can't even explain how disrespectful that book is to people who are actually sick.


message 24: by Rachel (new)

Rachel The fact that this is the first community review is really upsetting and your review is honestly a little bit insulting.


message 25: by Alanna (new)

Alanna It's totally okay to not like this book, but please don't compare it to Everything, Everything. I get that it has a similar plot but while this book isn't offensive in the least, Everything, Everything is. It's an incredibly ableist book and has hurt many people who go into it unknowingly. Nicola Yoon treats a serious health condition, that people actually have, as a plot device. In Under Rose-Tainted Skies Norah's mental illness is never glossed over and is treated with respect. At the end of the book Norah isn't "cured" because her mental illness is a very real thing that can't be fixed with a simple "get over it." Unlike what Yoon does in her book. Yoon didn't even do her research, let alone actually respect the conditions her character had. Like I said, you're allowed to not like this book, but it's no where near what Everything, Everything was. Last but not least, may I please direct you to this lovely person's review. Thank you for listening to me.


message 26: by Morgan (new)

Morgan (witchy.reads) I agree that the writing isn't the best and I don't like a lot of Norah's comments and sarcasm, but as someone who suffers from severe anxiety disorders, I found it powerful, and I could relate to a lot of her struggles and pain. I think this book may be something special to people who have a similar story to her. Even if it's similar in that way to Everything Everything, Norah has agoraphobia and her story is completely different because it illustrates her underlying struggles that go with her illness. To me, it was so powerful because it showed us something that a lot of us with anxiety disorders spend years learning- how a new fear may come along and force us to face the anxiety that stole our lives away. How it's possible to get better. I didn't go to this book for entertainment value and romance, I was looking for a story that reflected my own history with anxiety and it's struggles, and in that regard I really loved it. We need more of this representation


message 27: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey I love the honesty of the review. I'm off to go read "Everything, Everything". Thanks for the suggestion.


message 28: by Astro (new)

Astro It's honestly insulting to hear you compare EE (a book that completely disregards the issues at hand) to this book. She takes everything into a real perspective. She treats the mental illnesses as mental illnesses. As someone with a horrid history of mental illnesses, anxiety and ocd (and similar types) are not so easilt overcome. They're battles that sometimes don't have an end at all because you just learn to live and cope with them.

EE wasn't a story about mental illnesses. She just used that to sell it. This book is somewhat of a personal story, based off of real people.

(Also, no, some teenagers don't know how to flirt, anxiety and/or being social awkward are things that happen)


message 29: by Lisa (new)

Lisa To me, the flowery language and comparisons were additional insight into Norah's brain and the way it works. And I thought the notes Luke tucked under her door/through the mail slot were adorable. Maybe their interactions were less realistic...but the notes were cute and made him lovable.


message 30: by Bani (new)

Bani Anand This review is so ....... Ugh. I have anxiety issues and this book makes me feel powerful and not helpless. This book is not about romance. Even though it was adorable. There's more than that. Its about controling your thoughts and coming out of your comfort zone.

Overall I think this book is a materpeice. And more people should read it. Mental illness is a big challenge. This book inspires a lot of people.


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