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    A well-written and wonderfully engaging story!

    Norah is a teenager who suffers from Agoraphobia and OCD. But since she didn’t develop these illnesses until she was a little older, she still remembers what it was like to be “normal”. Aside from the occasional required outing, Norah feels pretty safe in the cocoon she has built around herself and doesn’t see any need to change it. That is, until she meets Luke. He plants a desire in her to be normal that is so strong, she almost starts to believe it’s possible. Can she conquer the illnesses that have imprisoned her for years? Or will she just have to accept the fact that she can’t change the way things are? This was a really, REALLY good book. Aside from a little bit of language, which really wasn’t necessary, in my opinion, this was SUCH an engaging story. I was completely fascinated with Norah and with the way her brain works. It was so interesting to see her inner dialogue and just how she perceived things and her fears and phobias. The relationship she had with her mom was beautiful as well. And when Luke comes into the picture, things really start to get interesting! Not only is this book an extremely interesting read, it’s super funny as well. The author has a great sense of humor and Norah was such an endearing character. I was so surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I really, really enjoyed it and I think you will too. I highly recommend it. (I received an ARC of this book, however, I volunteered to write a review. All of the above opinions are entirely my own.)
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    Powerful story

    I thought that this book was very well done. It wasn't a feel good novel and it could be almost hard to read at times. It really felt like an honest book and that is what I really liked about it. It can be really hard to imagine the reality of living with mental illness as Norah does in this story but this book does a nice job of giving the reader something to think about. This was definitely a book worth reading. Norah is a teenage girl that spends a lot of her life in fear. She has OCD and agoraphobia and her life is very different than most other teenagers. She stays in her house and the only person that she really spends any time with is her mother. When Luke, the new next door neighbor, helps her get the groceries in her house, she really isn't quite sure what to do with him. Luke starts spending time with Norah at her house and they develop a very close relationship but Norah fears that she is keeping him from doing things. This book is told from Norah's point of view. We get to see inside of Norah's head and know exactly what she is thinking and it could be hard at times. Simple things could end up being really hard for her which is incredibly frustrating to her. She wants many of the things that other teens want but she doesn't know how to overcome her crippling anxiety and fear in order to allow it to become a possibility. I thought that Norah's inner dialogue were some of the most powerful moments in the book. I would recommend this books to others. It was an honest look at mental illness that really was eye opening at times. This book could be hard to read at times simply because of how realistic it felt. I thought that this was a strong debut novel for Louis Gornall and look forward to reading her future works. I received an advance reader edition of this book from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group via NetGalley.
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    Amazing YA Contemporary Dealing w/ Mental Illness

    *I received and eGalley of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.* I went into Under Rose-Tainted Skies looking for a good, compassionate story about a girl living with mental illness and maybe to swoon a bit. I got both of those in abundance. I was also able to develop an incredibly strong connection to the characters which is a huge draw for me. I loved how mental illness was treated in this book. Norah proves that you can be incredibly compelling, likable, witty, etc. and suffer from mental illness contrary to what long-standing stigmas may suggest. Her relationship with Luke is also amazing; if more people were able to help those close to them struggling with mental illness the way Luke does with Norah, many lives would change for the better. I also love seeing Norah's thoughts on it and how her everyday life is affected and also seeing her try to progress. There's no magic cure for mental illness but we can all work together to make it manageable and support those around us that need it. I also wanted to swoon and I got that. As I'm sure you can guess from my mention of how Luke is with Norah, he ends up getting his very own book boyfriend membership card. He's funny, caring, kind, a little bit nerdy but also still cool, and an overall amazing character. I love them individually as characters and I loved their dynamic in dealing with one another. Norah's idea of talking to a guy she likes/flirting is soooo in line with how I am so it was nice to see another awkward girl because I always end up super envious of the girls in books that have great skills for talking to boys. I found myself not wanting to stop reading Under Rose-Tainted Skies when I had to take breaks for inconvenient things like work, meals, bathing, etc. It's not a fast-paced action story (obviously) but I was so incredibly invested that I flew through the book. The pacing was good and wanting Norah and Luke to hurry up and become a thing made it a quick read. This is easily one of my favourite YA books that touches on mental illness. I loved the story, the characters, the portrayal, the journey. I definitely recommend Under Rose-Tainted Skies if you're looking for a cute contemporary read that also sheds some light on life with mental illness.
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