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Under an Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue

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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  16 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)
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Eric
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
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
Linda
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
Billie Gray
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.
Tiffany
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
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Lemonade
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
Bethany
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
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Diane Lybbert
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
Irving Belateche
Nov 18, 2012 Irving Belateche rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (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
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Kolleen
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.
Nicole Bryant
I couldn't finish this book, it just seemed like too much work for very little enjoyment
Kelly
I think if I were a writer I may have liked this book more.
Judith
Everyone deals with grief differently.
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Irving Belateche is an author, screenwriter, and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. His bestselling novel, "H2O," was the #1 Science Fiction novel in Amazon's Kindle store. He also wrote the Amazon bestseller "Under An Orange Sun, Some Days Are Blue."

He's written screenplays for Paramount Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., and for produce
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