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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608448312
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608448319
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,287,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Adi Alsaid was born and raised in Mexico City, then studied at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. While in class, he mostly read fiction and continuously failed to fill out crossword puzzles, so it's no surprise that after graduating, he did not go into business world but rather packed up his apartment into his car and escaped to the California coastline to become a writer. He's now back in his hometown, where he writes, coaches high school and elementary basketball, and has perfected the art of making every dish he eats or cooks as spicy as possible. In addition to Mexico, he's lived in Tel Aviv, Las Vegas, and Monterey, California. A tingly feeling in his feet tells him more places will eventually be added to the list. Let's Get Lost is his YA debut.

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As I was reading through the book, I noticed how slowly I was going through the pages.
Jenn L.
If you're a writer, you'll appreciate the playful love of language the author shares through his main character.
Katie Campbell
There were times, though, that I felt the descriptive writing was the only thing pushing me forward.
Loryn Barclay

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Seifert on December 18, 2010
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Lyrical and beautiful expression of love between a father and a son. Perfectly captures my sentiments of words, and feeling a natural calling, a pull to words, experienced by writers and editors and others who work with and toy with language as a way of life.
The storyline is witty, smart, funny, entertaining, warm, deep, and heartfelt. It is completely accessible, and the story is told effortlessly, transitioning with flashbacks and from one point of view to another with characters' voices distinct and clear. This is rare for any book, but especially for a new writer, I think.

By page 5, I was hooked. By Chapter 3, I was in love. By the end, I had decided to recommend the book to every reader I knew.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Katie Campbell on January 10, 2011
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Reading this book is like making a new friend, one that gives you a delightfully fresh perspective on the world around you. I found myself not only underlining specific snippets I liked, but also jotting down observations about the quirky, and somehow more literary, world around me.
If you're a reader, you'll love the adventure you're taken on. If you're a writer, you'll appreciate the playful love of language the author shares through his main character. If you're an artist of any kind, you'll enjoy seeing the world through the eyes of the different characters, and holding on to that new sight as a precious, inspirational relic.

And the sex scene is hands-down the best I have read, ever.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tareto on January 2, 2011
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every page held a smile. every character seemed familiar. every storyline felt like a memory.
it's the kind of book that makes you stop and imagine what it's like to be the rose that it encourages you to stop and smell.
we could all do with at least a taste of the sort of out-of-the-box thinking that hugs these pages.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex Fairchild on December 29, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. There were certain sentences and passages that I read over and over again simply because they put a smile on my face. It's extremely well written and deserves a spot in everyone's book collection.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jenn L. on January 18, 2011
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Somewhere Over the Sun is a lovely and magical story of a young writer named Alan. As he writes, his stories come to life around him! He goes on a journey to meet up with several friends and writes about (and for) them along the way. Alan's mannerisms and optimism make his character instantly likable. EVERYONE needs an Alan in their lives!

The first few pages left me wondering if I was going to like this book at all. After all, it is different than my usual genres (I usually stick with some form of chick lit or suspense/thrillers). As I was reading through the book, I noticed how slowly I was going through the pages. I asked myself, "Is it painful to read or...what? This seems to be slow going here..." Then it hit me. I LOVED this book. I was SAVORING the words. I found myself revisiting parts of the book before I'd even finished reading it, just to reread what had been written; to relive how the words had made me feel once again. The language used in this book was beautiful, colorful, imaginative, intelligent, poignant, inspiring, academic, yet magical all at the same time.

What really struck me was that even though I was intellectually challenged while reading the book (I love a book with colorful words!), I felt completely at home with the characters. I felt comfortable and at ease with just relaxing into the scenarios unfolding within the story. I felt like I knew each character. Each person introduced into this book was unique and fun, but also exactly as I would have wanted them to be had I written the book myself. I "knew" the characters already.

If you are an author yourself, I highly recommend you read this book. It will spark something in you to be a better writer and to more acutely convey what your imagination has hatched. Honestly, I can't think of an adult that couldn't use a good dose of the positive and inspirational qualities that this book has to offer. Seriously. Check it out. Now. :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maggie Vazquez on December 26, 2010
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This book is an amazing combination of family, friendship, love, romance, and life. The author does an amazing job at talking to the reader and pulling the reader into the story line. I honestly felt like I was standing next to the character the entire time, like an invisible friend, that at times became visible. This book is a must read. You will not be able to put it down, and the amazing ending brought tears to my eyes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eben R. Salasferguson on January 17, 2011
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Every line in this book is as clever as anything you can think of. It's full of great ideas, observations and incites all presented in the format of a story that's just as clever as the ideas inside it. It's real fun to read and once you start you'll move through it fast. It's one of those books that you can't stop reading (and i hate to read!). that would be like walking away from a great conversation with someone who's just like you.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Loryn Barclay on January 12, 2011
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As a debut novelist, Adi Alsaid has truly, not only impressed me, but inspired me as well. Adi gives life and a voice to inanimate objects that make them realistic and enlightening, yet imaginative and magical all in the same sentence. Description has never been so refreshing. It gives me hope that fiction can truly be reality if we give it a chance. Somewhere Over the Sun is a heartwarming story of friendship, family, and love in all respects that the word "love" is capable of. The characters were creative and unique, easily relatable, yet not really relatable at all with their strange and comical quirks. On multiple occasions I caught myself laughing out loud and, at the very least, with the corners of my mouth curled up in delight. I would have to say the best part of the book was most definitely Adi's way with words and morphing them into luring metaphors and similes that make the reader believe in the impossible. There were times, though, that I felt the descriptive writing was the only thing pushing me forward. The storyline was beautiful and captivating, but throughout the middle of the book I felt it get lost every now and again. But, by the last third, I was so engrossed that I read it all in a few hours.
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