Somewhere Over the Sun by Adi Alsaid (Review)

SomewhereoverthesunSOMEWHERE OVER THE SUN

Paperback: 198 pages                                                                                                                                                                    Published by Dog Ear Publishing on November 15th, 2010                                                                                                    Goodreads  //  Barnes & Noble                                                                                                                                                                   Stars: 5 out of 5!

Alan, a spirited young writer with a wandering imagination has discovered that the stories he writes are suddenly coming to life. At the suggestion of his loving father, Alan embarks on a quixotic journey to visit friends and use his new found gift to write them all happier lives. There are a few limitations to his power; he can’t cure diseases, he can’t summon pots of gold, and headaches accompany each reality-infused story he lives out, but the appreciative and optimistic Alan is not deterred from creating fantastical characters and storylines to give his friends more literary lives. 

—  Goodreads Synopsis

Adi Alsaid did it again, his beautiful words and incredible story wrecked me; tears are falling down my face because of Alan’s story and the stories that he shared with the world. I felt ALL OF THE EMOTIONS: happy, sad, giddy, confused, intrigued, and most importantly, content with the ending.

Bravo Adi Alsaid, bravo.

After finishing Let’s Get Lost, Adi Alsaid’s new YA novel, I NEEDED more of his writing which led me to scavenge the inter-webs until I found this gem. I find such a joy in reading books by the same author because it allows for the reader to understand the author more; the similarities and the differences help to paint a more complete picture which is one of my favorite things about reading! Adi Alsaid is now an automatic buy for me, whatever sentences that he forms, I’m buying it!

The writing is this book… Are there even the right words to describe how beautiful the writing was in the book? I tried to write down every quote that I loved but it quickly became so much that I just highlighted all throughout this book; now I can pick it up anytime and be transported back to the story and exactly why I love this book. The writing was impressively great but it was more than that, it struck a chord with me; the writing was hilarious but also strikingly true and relevant.

One thing that I love about both Let’s Get Lost and Somewhere Over the Sun is how easily they relate to my life and life in general; I love everything that is written in these bound books but Adi’s writing affects my life outside of his books. These stories are told in printed word but their lessons and applications far exceed the confines of these books, there’s a bigger picture that can be related back to everyone and it is amazing that one author can be so universal.

I LOVE intelligent humor and this book is chalk full of it! It is my weakness, I like partaking in it, I love hearing it, and I especially love reading about it. It made this book so much fun and laughter came easily to me throughout this entire book. 

Alan, the main character, is GREAT! He is so fascinating and I couldn’t get enough of him; I thoroughly enjoyed how he viewed the world and every page was a breath of fresh air. He is a unique character that shows his heart on the pages and reminds others to smile. Beautifully written character, Adi.

When writing my review for Let’s Get Lost (linked here), I found that I had a hard time putting my love into words and I had the same problem with this book. I just loved it so much and how does one translate love into a review? This book was refreshing, I haven’t given a book five stars since I read Something Real by Heather Demetrios over a month ago, but this book cured my five star dry spell. I can’t type the words adequately enough to give this book justice but I sure will try. This book touched my heart; it wasn’t just one book that I read this year, it was a book that affected me this year. 

My favorite part of this book is that it is about a writer…. writing. It may sound simple and could be considered boring by some but it perfectly captured the need to write; I am an aspiring author and writing is not so much a choice but a necessity, I feel a physical need to write down all of the people and lives that reside in my imagination. No matter what I do, I seem to be gravitated toward a pen and paper, just like Alan. Alan was such a real character to me; I found so much truth in every part of him which was such an awesome experience. Like I mentioned earlier, Adi has a way of connecting with all of his readers and I can definitely see how Alan would connect with all types of people.

Don’t be fooled by the almost 200 pages, this is one meaty book.

I recommend this book to everyone! Go forth and read!

By the way, I meet Adi Alsaid tomorrow night, I’m incredibly excited.


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