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Standout Book: Under the Rose-Tainted Skies

Hello, everyone! The last book I got to read this week was beyond phenomenal, so I decided that I would feature it today. I had high expectations for this book and was thrilled when I found it at the library on Friday.



Under the Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall ( https://www.amazon.com/Under-Rose-Tainted-Skies-Louise-Gornall-ebook/dp/B01912OSG4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1494770458&sr=8-1&keywords=under+the+rose+tainted+sky)
Overview: Under the Rose-Tainted Skies is the story of Norah who has agoraphobia and OCD. She has remained in her house homeschooling and watching the world through television and social media since she quit Cardinal High School during her freshman year four years ago. Life follows a normal pattern of school work and therapist visits until the new boy next door moves in, and, despite catching her in a few odd moments, wants to get to know Norah better. As this happens and she gets closer to Luke, Norah worries that she is holding him back from high school and life, especially when she realizes how he is chased by the prettiest, most popular girl in school. Does Norah take Luke's word that he's doing what he wants, or does her fear of making him resent her for all the things she can't do make her push him away? Overall: 5

Characters: 5 Norah lives in a small, self contained world. Her therapist, Dr. Reeves, and her single mother are both very supportive of Norah and her struggle. Luke is as well, but he doesn't know about Norah's life and her particular hardships and how to deal with them like the adults. He tries his best to do right by Norah, but slips up sometimes. He is an honest, well drawn character that makes sense in this context. Not perfect but has a good heart.
Norah, though, as the POV character draws everything together. She is hilarious, sarcastic, and smart while also showing her thought process and struggles to the reader. Is is a great character and easy to identify with.

Plot: 5 This is really the story of Norah's growth. After staying cooped up for the past three years, the world starts giving her obstacles that push her comfort zone and help her grow, including things that aren't entirely unwelcome but present their own challenges. We see Norah take on each one and move forward and back in a very honest way.

Writing: 5 Gornall did a great job of transporting us into Norah's head and showcasing her honest stream of thoughts. As the author has personal experience with some of Norah's struggles, it comes through in the writing in the accuracy of the feelings, emotions, and thoughts. This is a very unique story that completely transports you into Norah's mind and her world.

If you want to see the other books I read this week you can follow this link here: http://www.readingwritingandme.com/2017/05/weekly-reviews-and-recommendations-week_14.html

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