REVIEW | Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall


under rose tainted skiesGenre: romance, mental illness
Age Group: young adult
Trigger Warnings: vivid descriptions of self harm


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 absolutely loved this book, so much. I loved the characters, the descriptions, the beautiful way it was written and how honest and truthful it is, and I even loved how the chapters aren’t really long and the book wasn’t too long as I always have difficulty paying attention to books that are long with long chapters.

I don’t have OCD and agoraphobia, but I do have multiple mental illnesses and autism. The descriptions of how difficult that can be and how isolating it is were just so accurate to me. Despite not having the same mental illnesses, I could really relate to what she was saying. It also had some really important messages in here, which I think might be really useful coping methods.

The romance was a bit…meh. I’m not really a fan of non-queer romance, to be honest, it’s just not my thing so I would have enjoyed this just as much without the romance. He was better than many love interests you read in young adult contemporary, though, but he wasn’t perfect. He was just okay. If m/f romance is your thing, you might love it.

I gave this book a 5/5 stars

Until next time,



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