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Under Rose-Tainted Skies, by Louise Gornall - Book Review

Under Rose-Tainted Skies, by Louise Gornall | Book Review

The Children’s Book Review | January 18, 2017

Under Rose-Tainted SkiesUnder Rose-Tainted Skies

Written by Louise Gornall

Age Range: 12-16

Paperback: 326 pages

Publisher: Clarion Books (2017)

ISBN: 978-0-544-73651-1

What to Expect: Realism, Romance

Often times the best stories are not about made-up places, people, and events, but are instead about the real life challenges, triumphs, and tragedies of real and ordinary people. Under Rose-Tainted Skies proves the point, by sensitively exploring the lives of those touched by mental illness, with both pathos and gentle humor. Drawing on the author’s own experiences, the book both inspires and encourages others battling mental health issues by showing them they are not alone.

Norah seemed like just an average school student, until the day her first panic attack caused her to black out and wake in hospital, covered in stitches and confused. Now her condition has left her heart-breakingly crippled: afraid to go out of doors, she stays in her home and, when possible, in her room, plugged in to the internet in an attempt to stay connected to the world outside. The trouble is, it is the outside world that is the source of Norah’s troubles: as a sufferer of agoraphobia, Norah lives in constant fear of disaster in a world that feels constantly threatening, with no safe means of escape. In the opening chapter of the novel, the reader is introduced to Norah as she tries desperately to make it out of the house to a therapy session with a psychologist, only to become so paralyzed by fear that she cannot make it out of the car. Set against this bleak existence, however, is a single ray of hope for Norah: Luke is funny, sweet, friendly and persistent, and when he moves to her street Norah finds that even her determined self-isolation cannot keep him away. Even as Norah basks in the warm glow of a new relationship, however, she worries: can she possibly be the right girl for Luke despite her problems?

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is touching, poignant, and funny. Told from the perspective of the sufferer, it vividly illustrates the human capacity for overcoming challenges and finding the joy in life, offering inspiration and hope to anyone who finds they struggle with living from moment to moment. This book comes highly recommended.

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About the Author

Louise Gornall is YA aficionado, film nerd, junk food enthusiast, and rumored pink Power Ranger. Under Rose-Tainted Skies is her first novel, and she can be found on Twitter @Rock_andor_roll. She lives in England.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies, by Louise Gornall, was reviewed by Dr. Jen Harrison. Discover more books like Under Rose-Tainted Skies by following along with our reviews and articles tagged with  and .

Jen Harrison currently teaches English Composition and Composition Skills at East Stroudsburg University. She completed her PhD in Children's and Victorian Literature at Aberystwyth University in Wales, in the UK. There she also acted as an instructor teaching undergraduate courses on literature and literary theory, as well as further education courses on Children's Literature and Creative Writing. After a brief spell in administration, Jen then trained as a secondary school English teacher, and worked for several years teaching Secondary School English, working independently as a private tutor of English, and working in nursery and primary schools as a substitute teacher. After moving from the UK to the USA in 2016, Jen is very happy to have returned to higher education. Her current research focuses on three primary areas in the field of children’s literature: reader-writer relationships, thing-theory, and the supernatural; she is a reviewer for the International Research Society for the Study of Children’s Literature (IRSCL), as well as the Children's Book Review. Jen also writes an academic blog on Children's Literature, Worrisome Words: http://quantum.esu.edu/faculty/jharrison/. You can also find her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.harrison.73594

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