Anyone who enjoys realistic fiction, with a gritty edge will enjoy this novel. The characters are extremely well written and believable, and the dialogue is perfect. Despite the serious matter, the book is also very humorous, visual and vibrant to read.”
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.
A poetic and insightful coming-of-age novel, DEVELOPING MINDS is 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.
Equal parts disturbing and humorous, DEVELOPING MINDS offers a brutally honest look at the American public school system and the extreme measures many teachers take to cope with working in it.
#1 Amazon Best Seller (“Satire” and “Urban Life” Kindle categories)
Winner of the 2015 Stargazer Literary Prizes (Visionary and Metaphysical Fiction category)
Bronze Medal Winner of the 2016 FAPA President’s Awards (Adult eBook category)
“Raw and edgy. . . Entertaining and authentic look at the troubled American education system. . .”
“Should be required reading for anyone who is considering or has ever considered teaching as a career . . . most highly recommended.”
“Brilliant writing from a very promising new author. He is one to watch.”
— Grady Harp, Hall of Fame and Top 100 Amazon Reviewer“A scathing comic novel . . . sort of a M*A*S*H for Miami schoolteachers.”
“Incredibly artistic . . . Filled with drama and drugs, this novel is raw and endearing. It teeters on the edge of obscene, but really stays true to the life of an early 20-year old . . .”
“Poignant, engaging. . . a frighteningly accurate depiction of inner-city schools. “
“Readers will be gripped by the many dimensions the plot has to offer . . .”
“Raunchy, yet captivating . . . Jonathan LaPoma is an extraordinary writer.”
“A multi-faceted exploration of growth, maturity, and eventual transformation on the parts of all involved.”
“There is never a lack of style and all the words, carefully measured, enclose a meaning and a wink . . .”
“WOW! I loved this book . . . I found myself laughing out loud . . . don’t miss it!”
“About as far removed from ‘Dead Poets Society’ as you can get.”
“Developing Minds deserves five stars as a gritty, character-driven, coming-of-age novel by a talented writer.”
“Not for the faint of heart, Developing Minds will either have you furiously flipping the pages or fearfully enrolling your kids in home school.”