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Under Rose-Tainted Skies

6 CDs. 7:14 hrs. Listening Library. Mar. 2017. $40. ISBN 9781524733582. digital download.
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Gr 10 Up—Norah has watched her world slowly shrink since her panic attacks have developed into agoraphobia. At 17, she peeps outside through curtains and lurks on the social media site Metro. She knows her fears and compulsions are irrational, but she can't stop until Luke, a handsome, outgoing neighbor, indicates an interest in getting to know her better. Although Gornall's debut never fully conveys what makes Norah so likable, Luke persists in his friendly overtures, and eventually Norah shares her inability to leave the house. Instead of driving Luke away, it brings them closer, forcing Norah to consider whether a kiss might be worth the perceived dangers. The author sometimes relies on character types and stock situations, but Norah's forthright language makes this most suitable for high schools. Phoebe Strole does an excellent job with the cast of voices.
VERDICT Libraries owning Sophia Kinsella's Finding Audrey will find this fits the same niche in a collection. An additional selection, suitable for large collections.

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