Featured Author: Jonathan LaPoma


I decided to do a Featured Author post today. A little background info: 

I have read and reviewed two of his novels, and am currently working on #3. 

  1. Understanding The Alacran 🐜
  2. Developing Minds✏

Both of said reviews I rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars. You may ask, why such a high rating? Let me explain… 

Jonathan LaPoma an award-winning, best-selling novelist, optioned screenwriter, songwriter, and poet.  

His Style:

The direction he takes describing the setting always gets me the most. He paints the picture vividly and you can see every aspect in your mind. LaPoma always adds specks of humor throughout his novels, which adds an extra feature, which some authors tend to leave out. You can always count on Jonathan LaPoma to give you a good laugh. Like I said about how he portrays setting, he also uses eloquent detail in his characters. Overall his work never seems forced, every part flows easily.

 Understanding The Alacran Synopsis and Info:

  • Understanding The Alacran won a Silver Medal for the 2017 FAPA President’s Awards in the Contemporary/Literary category
  • Has an overall rating on GoodReads of 4.25
  • A loosely-linked prequel to Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story
  • A dark but humorous coming-of-age novel
  • Explores various questions that appall young people who are seeking love and their place in this world 
  • A poetic look at the raw beauty and healing power of Mexico


Trying to escape the oppression leading him to drinking, drugs, and despair, 22-year-old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture.
But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the wild party scene in the small town of Lila where he lives. He continues a downward spiral until he meets a complex and compassionate Mexican woman whose love inspires him to face the question he’s been avoiding: Is this trip a desperate search for life or a slow death.

Developing Minds- An American Ghost Story Synopsis and Info:

  • Overall GoodReads rating of 3.56
  • A poetic and insightful coming-of-age novel
  • Equal parts disturbing and humorous
  • Offers a brutally honest look at the American public school system 
  • Extreme measures many teachers take to cope with working in it


Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools.
Centered on 24-year-old Luke Entelechy, an aspiring writer who sees his creative output suffer when he begins teaching at one of Miami’s most challenging middle schools. As the year progresses, however, Luke begins to relate to the neglect and abuse his students suffer, and is faced with a “haunting” decision: continue to let his dark past destroy him, or rise above the struggle to realize his potential as an artist and a “real” human being.

The Summer of Crud:

I have yet to read, rate, and review The Summer Of Crud. It’s to be published in February 2018. 

Buy Understanding  The Alacran HERE

Buy Developing Minds-An American Ghost Story HERE

For Any Additional Information Contact Jonathan LaPoma GoodReads , His Website , Twitter

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