Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Teaser Tuesday: Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia of The Purple Booker.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Unter Rose-Tainted Skies –
Clarion Books

Because I’m sure the only thing on any home invaders mind, after being polite enough to knock first, is a sanitary victim. I roll my eyes so hard they almost fall out of my skull.
— Chapter 8

Worry is such a drama queen. It takes the smallest thing, makes it so big and bulky that you can't see the obvious anymore.
— Chapter 9

At some point, there was rather a wave of mental issues books. I can’t say for certain when or how it ebbed, but I’m fairly certain there are fewer of them now. Or maybe just not as prominent any longer.  Nevertheless, there are some that stick out amongst them.
I don’t know a lot about OCD and specific phobias. People easily say that they are deadly afraid of spiders, for example, but I don’t think most of them are. I don’t doubt, that they dislike them and would rather they not have a giant spider in their bedroom … I definitely relate to that. But to be so afraid that they qualify under the list of symptoms seems a bit over the top in most cases. It does sound nicer saying that it’s a phobia rather than to be afraid of or have a dislike for spiders. Same goes for OCD I suppose. I don’t want to diagnose anything or anyone though and I know there are levels to these kinds of issues. I’m just also saying that there are certain circles where dropping these terms is rather en vogue.
Back to the book, which is a very thoughtful and also quite intense love story, but also the story of a girl trapped on so many levels by herself and her very mind. It seems wrong to say that I enjoyed reading about her struggles when it’s really the empathy part that is very engaged with this story. I was rooting for Norah to be able to break her cage from the very beginning. And for Luke to remain as amazing and accepting as he first appeared. You’ll have to read for yourself to see if I got my wish and experience these two interacting and fighting and living. Oh and also revealing some innermost parts of themselves, don’t forget that.
This book will challenge its readers to look at certain aspects and evaluate them with a new set of understanding mechanisms. And that’s on top of a very satisfying reading experience. Maybe it helps to read this without so many other mental health books surrounding it. Trends and topic waves are all well and good, but sometimes reading against them will give you a better appreciation of individual titles.

Which book has recently changed your perspective on something or made you aware that there is a perspective to be had at all? Share your thoughts and teasers in the comments.


sjhigbee said...

It certainly sounds like a really interesting love story and I'm glad you enjoyed it - I love the two quotes you used.

My TT this week is all about a young author who has been rather too successful - to the extent that the alien invasion he's written about is now actually approaching Earth... https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2018/09/11/teaser-tuesday-11th-september-2018-brainfluffbookblog-teasertuesday/

Laura said...

Great teasers. I especially liked the second one. My Teaser is from The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher.

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