The debut novel centers around a seventeen-year-old girl named Norah who is battling sever agoraphobia and OCD, but trying to live as much as a normal life as possible. When Luke moves next door to Norah, a friendship sparks, but her mental illness says a big no to romance. Published in January by Clarion, Gornall’s novel has won significant praise by critics and readers for its depiction of Norah’s illness.
The book has been optioned by Character Seven, which was founded in 2016 by British TV and film executive Stephen Garrett, who has worked on The Night Manager and Life on Mars. Unfortunately this is the only movie news that has been released, but we hope the novel will be picked up and go into production!
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall | Goodreads
At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.
But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.
Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn’t so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good—or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke’s eyes?
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