It is Saturday and you know what that means, it is time for a book review. and since this week is Mental Health Awareness week this week’s book review is a book that centres around mental illness. It is also a book that I have been interested in ever since it first came out. and that book is Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall. Let’s do this!
Wow, what a book. ever since this book first came out I have heard people raving about it but I didn’t think that it would actually live up to the hype.
This book was just straight up amazing. I was so impressed by its portrayal of agoraphobia. It was dark and honest and completely unflinching. Gornall wasn’t afraid to show the dark side of mental illness and I really appalled her for that. she didn’t shy away from the hard stuff like some YA authors do and she didn’t try to convince us of an instant fix to mental illness, like some YA authors do. she showed mental illness like it truly is. Dark and unforgiving. A forever uphill battle with your own mind. And it demonstrated perfectly how several mental illnesses all weave together and intertwine. You see how agoraphobia and anxiety walk hand in hand and how OCD can twist its way around both. How depression can sneak in the back and creep on in there too. It is just so well done. Far, far too many books focus on just one thing and skip over everything else, but Gornall didn’t. she was honest with it.
But this book was also beautifully written and even funny at times. It felt so very real. You can see how much of herself and her own experiences Gornall has put into this book. it is like she has poured herself out onto the page and it is incredible to read. it made me feel so much. I was amazed by how much I related to Norah. I suffer with anxiety but I was shocked by how often I found myself thinking, I know that feeling or I’ve been there before. And this really impressed me. I can’t remember the last time I read a book featuring mental illness that touched me this way.
And besides the excellent mental illness rep, I just really enjoyed the story. I loved the fact that this story doesn’t focus souly on the boy, but at the same time does. I know that doesn’t make sense, but I can’t think how to explain it. Although Luke is the catalyst for the story and a major forerunner in it, he isn’t the centre of the story. Norah and her health are. but at the same time I found myself really rooting for Luke. He tries so hard to be what Norah needs. He is such a good guy and I can’t help but want to pat him on the head and tell him well done.
I think all in all I am just super pleased that I have finally read this book. it is so damn good and I am so glad that it lived up to its hype. If you are looking for an amazing mental health book, you need to pick this one up.
4.5 out of 5
And there we go. Have you read Under Rose-Tainted Skies yet? what did you think about it? I have left some links below where you can find help if you need it as well as my email address. I am always here to talk. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.
Mind UK – 0300 123 3393 (or text 86463)
Samaritans – 116 123
Crisis Helpline (USA) – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
My Email Address – firstname.lastname@example.org (I check it daily)