Not only does Norah feel real, but her story is one I'll never forget. URTS feels real because Norah's mental health problems are real world things that can hold us back, shape our lives and try to change who we are. It's her sheer determination and enthralling, heart-felt voice that reminds me that it's okay to be different and to not be "normal" and sometimes need help along the way.
Overall, Under Rose Tainted Skies is in a word; phenomenal. It's powerful, moving, heartwarming and sincere. Norah and Luke's connection was written beautifully, as was Norah's courageous journey through the pages. I was overwhelmed at how effortlessly I fell into the story and wrapped around the characters, feeling as if they were my friends and that I knew them. URTS is a breathtaking debut that is going to sky-rocket and it deserves every amazing thing that happens. Louise has written what I can gladly say has been my favourite book of the year so far. Five stars completely.