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Before picking up this book, it is worth reflecting on whether you are likely to be triggered by things such as self harm and portrayal of mental illnesses If you are, it would be wise to steer clear or read with caution.
Norah is being held hostage. No she hasn’t been kidnapped, not by another person at least. She’s trapped inside her own head. For the last 4 years, 17 year old Norah has suffered from crippling agoraphobia, OCD, and anxiety. Everyone she knows, knows she’s sick. That is until she gets new neighbours. Luke moves in over the road. He doesn’t know that she’s sick and treats her like a normal girl. Norah likes that. Or does she?
This is my first experience reading a book geared towards agoraphobia and I loved it. It seemed honest, and relatable and Norah seemed like a real person. She wasn’t a damsel in distress waiting for her prince charming to come and save her from herself. She got up and got herself out of her self inflicted prison.
The only thing I noticed that was lacking, in my opinion was a back story. There is no mention on how Norah got sick. What led to her agoraphobia? What is her history? Other than this, the book was delightful. It was Louise Gornall’s first published novel and I look forward to reading more from her in the future.