Adi Alsaid

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Adi Alsaid
Born (1987-06-30) June 30, 1987 (age 31)
Mexico City, Mexico
Occupation Writer
Nationality Mexican
Education University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Genre Young adult fiction
Website
http://adialsaid.tumblr.com/

Adi Alsaid (born June 30, 1987) is a Mexican-born author of young adult fiction. His debut novel, Let's Get Lost, was a YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominee in 2015.[1] His second stand-alone novel, Never Always Sometimes, was nominated as a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2015.[2]

Biography[edit]

Adi Alsaid is a Mexican-born author of young adult fiction, best known for Let's Get Lost and Never Always Sometimes. Born and raised in Mexico City to Israeli parents,[3] Alsaid attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he studied marketing. After graduating he spent time in Monterey, California before returning to his hometown, where he still lives. He works part-time as a basketball coach.[4][5]

Works[edit]

  • Let's Get Lost (July 29, 2014, Harlequin Teen)
  • Never Always Sometimes (August 4, 2015, Harlequin Teen)
  • North of Happy (April 25, 2017, Harlequin Teen)[6]
  • Brief Chronicle of Another Stupid Heartbreak (to be published in April 2019)

Alsaid's debut novel, Let's Get Lost, was a YALSA Teens' Top Ten Nominee in 2015.[7] Lauded by Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Entertainment Weekly, and The Horn Book Magazine,[8][9][10][11] Let's Get Lost has been called "entertaining and romantic" (Kirkus Reviews) and "an impressive novel by a rising star with effortless style and voice" (RT Book Reviews).[12][13]School Library Journal writes that "reminiscent of John Green's Paper Towns, Alsaid's debut is a gem."[14]

Alsaid's second novel, Never Always Sometimes, has been positively reviewed by publications including Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, RT Book Reviews, and Common Sense Media.[15][16][17][18] Booklist praises its "clever banter" and "pitch-perfect emotional resonance," affirming that "with all the fun of a classic teen movie, this one should fly off the shelves."[19] In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews writes that "Alsaid cracks the teen-lit trope of friends becoming lovers wide open, exposing a beautiful truth inside. He also perfectly captures the golden glow of senioritis, a period when teens are bored and excited and wistful and nostalgic all at once. Everything is possible in this handful of weeks, including making up for squandered time."[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nominee Teens' Top Ten YALSA" (PDF). American Library Association. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "Best Teen Books of 2015". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  3. ^ "Language Roundtable". We Need Diverse Books.
  4. ^ "Biography – Adi Alsaid". teenreads. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  5. ^ Sutton, Roger (July 23, 2014). "Adi Alsaid Talks with Roger". The Horn Book. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  6. ^ "Rights Report: Week of October 26, 2015". Publishers Weekly. October 27, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "Nominee Teens' Top Ten YALSA" (PDF). American Library Association. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  8. ^ "Children's Book Review: Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid". Publishers Weekly. 261 (22). June 2, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  9. ^ Hunter, Sarah (July 1, 2014). "Let's Get Lost, by Adi Alsaid". Booklist. 110 (21): 81–82. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  10. ^ Brissey, Breia (August 15, 2014). "Let's Get Lost". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  11. ^ Smith, Rachel L. (September 2014). "Let's Get Lost". The Horn Book Magazine. 90 (5): 101–102.
  12. ^ "LET'S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid". Kirkus Reviews. 83 (9): 148. May 1, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  13. ^ DeSmyter, DJ. "Let's Get Lost". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  14. ^ Schombs, Jamie-Lee (May 2014). "Let's Get Lost". School Library Journal. 60 (5): 123.
  15. ^ "Never Always Sometimes". Publishers Weekly. 262 (28). July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  16. ^ Klose, Stephanie (July 1, 2015). "Never Always Sometimes". School Library Journal. 61 (7): 79–84.
  17. ^ Watts, Megan. "Never Always Sometimes". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  18. ^ Dundas, Amanda May. "Never Always Sometimes". Common Sense Media. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  19. ^ Barnes, Jennifer (May 15, 2015). "Never Always Sometimes". Booklist. 111 (18): 53–54. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  20. ^ "NEVER ALWAYS SOMETIMES". Kirkus Reviews. 83 (9): 148. May 1, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2016.

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