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 ...
My review - Is it too early to say this has to be, possibly, my favourite book of the year? No? Good.
I devoured this book in one sitting, I was so gripped from the beginning that I couldn't put it down until I had finished it, even then I didn't want the story to be over, it was so beautiful.
I don't know too much about Agoraphobia so when I first heard about this book it really intrigued me. We are introduced to Norah in this story. Norah has Agoraphobia, which means she can't leave the house or she will have a panic attack and shut down. It's been 4 years ever since it started and she's trying to get better. She lives with her mother who is always there to help her. One day a new family move in next door and she meets Luke, a boy who is intrigued by her and she's intrigued by him and she doesn't know how to deal with it. She likes things in a certain way and doesn't like to be touched and she's worried how things will work once he finds out about her and what happens if he wants to be more than friends?
My favourite character in this book has to be Norah's mum. She loves her daughter and I loved the scenes where she teased and acted like a best friend as well as a mum and I really loved that about this book. With this book being about mental illness and relationships, I really loved the relationship they had.
Norah is such a strong person. She had to deal with a lot and she knows she wants to get better and she's trying too and it was really interesting to read about her journey.
It was very interesting reading a book on a mental illiness that I don't that much about and it really opened my eyes. I felt sorry for Norah most of the time and kept hoping that things would work out for her and Luke. Luke is in the same boat as the reader. He doesn't know too much about Agoraphobia but he tries his best to understand and he knows not to push his limits, but to him she's just Norah and I also loved their relationship.
This was a fantastic debut novel from Louise and I cannot wait for everyone to read it and love it as much as I did. I cannot wait to see what Louise writes next as she is just a brilliant author and really knows how to tell a story.
(Also, they're doing multiple covers of this in PB. In all different shades of pink and I kind of need them all...)
Not out till July but a definite pre-order as you will not be disappointed.