Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Under an Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue” as Want to Read:
Under an Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Under an Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  70 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
"When I first decided to go back and read those old notebooks, I was desperate for answers. But my old self said: Look closer. Read between the lines. I left you secrets. Secrets that will take you on a terrifying journey. And if you survive that journey, you'll have more than just answers. You'll have everything." Hollywood screenwriter Ben Cross is broken-hearted after t ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Laurel Canyon Press (first published January 12th 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Under an Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Under an Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Apr 13, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer, I know the author, he is a very good friend of mine. This "fictionalized" story which is actually based on real events is both about grief and screen writing. How you ask? Read it. It is a brilliant book. Knowing the actual events, it took me 4 tries to get past the opening where the narrator is looking at his daughter that had just died... tears tears tears... put book down. Called author who told me to start reading that it gets easier.

Try again.

Brilliant and inciteful
Carman Sue
Sep 25, 2012 Carman Sue rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was extremely emotional and I was taken into Ben's life as if I were leading his life myself. I liked the mix of his struggles to find hope in his life again after the loss of his daughter with his struggles about the culture of "positive thinking" and how that fits into your life when something goes really wrong. And I liked the way Ben tries to make sense of his career in the light of all this. Unlike another reviewer, I thought the lessons he learned as a screenwriter ap ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Linda rated it did not like it
This book was tedious and strange. In a way, the parts about screenwriting and the writer's terminology were somewhat interesting. I don't think the relationships between the husband/wife, husband/son, husband/daughter were deep enough. I selected it as a book club read and as soon as I finished it, I asked the book club to take it off the list because I didn't see what there was to discuss after finishing it. It was like going through grief therapy with somebody that I didn't feel any emotion f ...more
Irving Belateche
Jul 29, 2012 Irving Belateche rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Amazon Bestseller in Visionary Fiction

"I loved this book. It's bold, honest and deeply moving." -- Sheila B. (Amazon Review)

"It's written like the quest for the Holy Grail. It's a really emotional journey that you can't put down. (I read it in one sitting.) It's full of motivational advice, some of which is different than what you'd think. Like he quotes W.C. Fields ("Try, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it") and he explains when to soldier on and when to quit." – Milky
Billie Gray
Dec 12, 2011 Billie Gray rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's the best book I've ever read on how to live your life. I usually don't think self-help books are worthwhile, but this book was about reality. It takes you on a journey that teaches you how to live your life when everything isn't perfect. And, if you're an artist, especially a writer, the advice Belateche gives is worth more than all the gold in the world. This book is engaging, unique, and moving.
R.G. Phelps
Jan 17, 2017 R.G. Phelps rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Not What I Expected

I stopped reading "Under An Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue" about half way as all I was reading was a self-help book for screen writers. After reading through his umpteenth Principle I could tell this wasn't a storyline that I would enjoy as a novel. If Irving would have been more upfront with his description I wouldn't have wasted my time. He could have honestly and openly said that this was a self-help book for screen writers with a fictional storyline about his daughter's d
Sep 29, 2013 Tiffany rated it really liked it
This review is actually for this author's book called The Disappeared. Since I cannot find the book on Goodreads and I wanted to remember that I'd read it and by whom I'm adding it here.

This story got me thinking a lot about observing, acknowledging, and participating in life and your surroundings. It is easy to feel lost in the crowd, to not be part of the world if you are not a participant. This book had me wondering a lot if I am an open participant in my life a d work. Do I acknowledge thos
Oct 02, 2012 Lemonade rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book. I was totally involved with the author and his journey after the death of his daughter and his search for a way forward. If you are a writer, spending day after day alone with your thoughts and grief would be so hard. This book is about the writer's journey, not the mothers journey or the son's journey. I am not a writer, but I am an artist and spend hours alone working. I can't imagine how I could work after such a tragedy. I can totally identify with the fear of the author. H ...more
Jul 15, 2012 Bethany is currently reading it
I just started this today. It seems like it is going to be a pretty good book. I picked it up as the book I was reading wasn't that great and I'll be able to read that one in short spurts as it is written like a daily journal.
So I am happy with this one and am looking forward to finishing it.
I'm trying to figure out if you rate a book with one star...why would I read a book that was that bad? So I don't think I'll have any one or two star ratings. It's just not in me to waste time like that wh
Diane Lybbert
Sep 23, 2012 Diane Lybbert rated it it was ok
Ugh! Books description promises a story of a man who tries to find answers and 'a sign' from his dead 6-yr-old daughter. Instead what we get is a self-help book about how to succeed in your work life (he is a screen writer in Hollywood). We get a little bit about his family, how his wife and the dead daughter's twin brother are coping, but not nearly enough. Instead, the book comes across as navel-gazing by a selfish man who doesn't really connect with his wife and son's grief. Luckily it wasn't ...more
Aug 14, 2012 Kolleen rated it did not like it
Eh. I guess it had some good quotes... "How fragile thier lives are. Not because death might strike them at any time, but because of something much worse. Death might strike someone they love at any time." I got to exactly 50% done with this book and then gave up. What seemed like a good story at first turned into focusing on scriptwriting and the technique behind it- which I care about not at all. The end.
Sep 03, 2012 Kelly rated it it was ok
I think if I were a writer I may have liked this book more.
Oct 08, 2012 Judith rated it really liked it
Everyone deals with grief differently.
Jul 13, 2012 Therese marked it as to-read
Aug 03, 2012 Mo rated it liked it
Nicole Bryant
Mar 18, 2013 Nicole Bryant rated it did not like it
I couldn't finish this book, it just seemed like too much work for very little enjoyment
Steven rated it it was amazing
Feb 16, 2013
Danni Hable wyatt
Danni Hable wyatt rated it it was ok
Mar 23, 2015
Coann rated it liked it
Sep 11, 2012
Roger rated it liked it
Jun 05, 2014
Kerry Johnson
Kerry Johnson rated it liked it
Jul 29, 2012
Marlana rated it liked it
Feb 07, 2015
Diane L Smith
Diane L Smith rated it liked it
Nov 16, 2014
Laura rated it liked it
Jul 09, 2014
Raewyn Johnston
Raewyn Johnston rated it liked it
May 12, 2015
Kristina rated it it was amazing
Jul 14, 2012
Dot rated it liked it
Jun 05, 2014
Donna rated it it was ok
Apr 05, 2013
Ruth rated it it was amazing
Dec 23, 2012
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Irving Belateche is an author, screenwriter, and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. He's written three Amazon bestsellers: "Einstein's Secret," "H2O," and "Under An Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue." He's also written screenplays for Paramount, Universal, Sony, Lionsgate and Warner Bros. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
More about Irving Belateche...

Share This Book