I want to start by saying I hope this post turns out alright. I’m using the blogger app on my phone to type it, as I’ve been so busy the last few months since starting university. Trying to find the time to log on to my laptop and post has been REALLY hard, but I’m hoping I’ve cracked it now and found a way for me to sit and do it on my lunch break or whatever.
Anyway! Let’s get on with the review!
“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 …”
What first drew me to this book was the anxiety factor. Anxiety is something I personally suffer with, and on an extreme level. – Not Agoraphobia though. I often find that with some books on anxiety the author doesn’t quite “get it”. Louise Gornall however, is spot on with the feelings, and the overall reality of anxiety and self-harm (self-harm is included in the book)
Norah is a darling, and a very realistic character, and despite me being able to connect with her personally, the story wasn’t predictable, and able to keep me guessing throughout the entire book.
I was able to both laugh and cry though the story, often because I could understand completely how Norah was feeling, but at the same time being on the outside being able to see how silly she acted in some situations. (Not discrediting her feelings, I understand those things were very real to her)
I ended up getting so into this book that I had a “what do I do now” moment when it ended!