Weekly Rec | Louise Gornall


I sat at my laptop for a little while today, pondering what on Earth I could write a quick post about, when it suddenly hit me: I do actually have a schedule that I wrote out a couple of weeks back for moments like this when I need a bit of inspiration.

And so today’s post is a book recommendation!

I recently read Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall, and it was such a lovely novel. I’ve been reading a lot of novels recently that include characters facing mental illnesses, and I’ve got to say this book is one of the best.

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

Words really can’t express how wonderful this novel is; I’m struggling to write a review because it meant so much to me.

It’s so important that books like this keep being written and published, because not only do they raise awareness and help destroy the vicious stigma that has become attached to mental health issues, it also offers comfort to those who can relate to these stories and the characters they’re about.

I think everyone should read this book, particularly if you enjoy uplifting Young Adult novels that don’t shy away from hard topics.


– Emma

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