Book Review: Under Rose Tainted Skies – Louise Gornall

Oh wow. It’s not Fantasy!


The 2nd Contemporary in my history of book blogging! (not that I started for long.)

The next book I’m going to review is my Insider’s Guide to Disneyland Hong Kong, exclusive for cast members, NOT FOR SALE. It’s not even fictional! Factual and documentative!

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Name: Under Rose Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publisher: Chicken House
Release Date: July 7, 2016
(ooo Lucky 7)


Agoraphobia confines Norah to the house she shares with her mother.

For her, the outside is sky glimpsed through glass, or a gauntlet to run between home and car. But a chance encounter on the doorstep changes everything: Luke, her new neighbour. Norah is determined to be the girl she thinks Luke deserves: a ‘normal’ girl, her skies unfiltered by the lens of mental illness. Instead, her love and bravery opens a window to unexpected truths …

An important and uplifting debut from a British author, which tackles mental health issues such as agoraphobia and OCD.

Book Cover Comments

So I saw on Google about how this book has three colors: Persian Pink, Persian Rose and Lavender Magenta. Now, when I was at Waterstones this summer, they pretty much only had Persian Rose so I got that, and its not neon blasting colors like the other ones, so that’s my fav 😂

Also, the golden birdcage that shimmers on the physical book with the heart is cute, and it’s also really deep and metaphorical.

The Actual Review

This book is the absolute sweetheart of my week.

And it’s something really meaningful as well.

So as we know from the premise, Norah is a girl who has agoraphobia and OCD, and in this book, Gornall really goes through all the details and gives the readers a full experience of what a person with these two mental health issues are, so that we can understand these people another step better and it’s also a way for us to not freak out if we ever encounter these type of people.

Norah has many stereotypical questions and thoughts and concepts that is shared not only by those who have mindsets like her, but any teenage girl would go through these type of questions, and from there, I feel a connection with Norah, and sometimes I just go: “Seriously Norah, of course that’s not what they think.” or, “Norah dear, *sobs*.” Her character is extremely well written, and it is really meaningful for any girl to read if they have self confidence issues (me) and doubts with society & relationships (me). Anyone would see the world in a whole new way after reading it.

In this book, we are also introduced to Norah’s new neighbour, Luke. And OMG Luke is such a cute guy, you will actually fawn over his sweet and cuteness in this book. Luke is basically the dream guy. Now, I don’t know much about his appearances whatsoever (when I read, there’s no such thing as hot or not. Because I have a set cast for every single book, it’s just about if I’m using them or not XD The main characters pretty much stay the same face XD), but this boy is super caring for Norah whenever they have their interactions, and he is sweet on many levels (I’m getting repetitive), and he is an extremely thoughtful person, aware of what he should do or not around Norah, though sometimes Love does not get held back by that control. Luke is also really accepting with who Norah is, and finds ways to associate himself with Norah so that they might have better connection. (which they did)

The ending was a tad bit confusing and all? Like, I didn’t quite catch some details and where it happened, but there’s one thing I know for sure, is that Norah is improving by the minute, and the fact that she was able to reach Luke in time was really brave of her.

And I was also saying how this book has a great understanding of what life is, and the obstacles and challenges that come at it. So I must quote something from the epilogue of this book that is really really really true, and thank you Louise for reminding me about it:

“Your mind adapts to what worse is. Suddenly, that thing that seemed so terrifying at first is dwarfed by the next challenge that comes your way. But you adapt again and again and again, until you find yourself fearless.”

Under Rose-Tainted Skies is a beautiful book about a girl who locked herself in a birdcage, and the one with the key that will bring her out of it and filling her heart with love.


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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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