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Under Rose-tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, #30 review

Publication date: 7 July 2016

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?

I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again. I’m a sucker for books that talk about mental health in heartwarming stories. I’m practically a bee attracted to honey when it comes to this theme. Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a beautiful story of a girl named Norah. She has several mental illnesses; anxiety, OCD, agoraphobia, and self-harm.

I really love the mother and daughter relationship in this book. They are like sisters or the best of friends. What I really enjoyed about their relationship was their ability to be open with each other, her mother isn’t just her mother. She is her best friend, they joke about hot guys together and talk about boys like besties. At the end of the day, she is still a mother, she knows her daughter’s illness from A to Z. The contrast in this is that she is so damn supportive! She breezes through panic attacks and breathing exercises like a canoe in a smooth sailing river.

Personally, Luke (aka, the love interest) is a cliche of what guys in a book like this would be like. They are dorkily cute and they try to learn more about the illness and understand it. He is a great character, I didn’t like the romance in this book. I personally felt that it wasn’t needed. He could had played the role of a best friend from the beginning and slowly transaction into a love interest. In the book, you know at first sight, they are going to fall in love and it will be like a “Five feet apart” kinda love.

The book starts with a blackbird annoying our main girl by chirping at the top of its lungs at her windowsill, it ends with the same blackbird terrorizing her on her windowsill. It was a perfect full circle moment for me. ❤

Here are some quotes that I love :

“He looks at me like I just invented time travel. And for the briefest second, I feel substantial, more than medical terms and mental health. Made of blood and bone, instead of just head-brain-mind.”

“Then that’s all that matters. You are beautiful, always. You would be beautiful if you got a giant butterfly tattooed across your face. Beauty comes from how you treat people and how you behave. But if a little lipstick makes you smile, then you should wear it and forget what anyone else thinks.”

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

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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