Jonathan LaPoma

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THE SUMMER OF CRUD Earns Four Stars from Four Moon Reviews

Four Moon Reviews gave Jonathan LaPoma’s coming-of-age novel THE SUMMER OF CRUD four stars:

“I don’t recommend this book for the faint of heart. This book is raw and written bluntly. Nothing in this book has its edges sanded down or rounded off. The topics of mental health, addiction, abuse and physical pain are not made over into something less terrible than they are . . . If you are into blunt material that doesn’t always receive the storybook happy ending then this book is probably for you.”

THE KIDNAPPED a Finalist in Las Vegas Screenplay Contest

Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length black comedy/action script, THE KIDNAPPED, is a finalist in the 2019 Las Vegas Screenplay Contest. This is LaPoma’s 160th overall award/honor for his thirteen scripts.

THE KIDNAPPED a Finalist in Twister Alley Film Festival

Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length black comedy THE KIDNAPPED is a finalist in the 2019 Twister Alley Film Festival. This is LaPoma’s 159th award/honor for his 13 screenplays.

HAMMOND, #1 Hot New Release on Amazon Australia

Jonathan LaPoma’s newest coming-of-age novel, HAMMOND, is the #1 Hot New Release in Sports Fiction and the #8 Hot New Release in Coming of Age Fiction on Amazon Australia.

It’s also the #2 bestseller in Sports Fiction on Amazon UK and Australia, and the #3 bestseller in Sports Fiction on Amazon Canada.

THE KIDNAPPED an Official Selection of Beverly Hills Film Fest

The Beverly Hills Film Festival selected Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length black comedy/action script, THE KIDNAPPED, to its 2019 screenwriting competition. This is the script’s 3rd award/honor and LaPoma’s 158th overall.

HAMMOND Gets Another 5-Star Review

Author and blogger Yawatta Hosby gave Jonathan LaPoma’s new novel, HAMMOND, 5 stars:

“The author did a great job with characterization and voice. The drama and angst was very well done as well. I prayed for them to win the basketball championship so they could have something good happen in their lives. Did they win? Did they lose? You’ll have to read the book to find out.

I RECOMMEND the book to read.”

To read the full review, click here.

THE KIDNAPPED a Semi-Finalist in Southern California Screenplay Competition

Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length black comedy THE KIDNAPPED is a semi-finalist in the 2018 Southern California Screenplay Competition.

THE KIDNAPPED follows a Mexican drug cartel boss who kidnaps a washed-up Hollywood director, and the two are driven to insanity while shooting a documentary about the boss’s once-powerful cartel–a project meant to help both men reclaim lost glory.

HAMMOND Release Party at Young Hickory on December 18th

The Secret Stash will be hosting a book release party for Jonathan LaPoma’s new coming-of-age novel, HAMMOND, at Young Hickory East Village on December 18th. LaPoma will sign copies of all books purchased at the party.

At the party, The Secret Stash will be giving away 5 prizes. In order to claim one, you have to purchase a House Lager beer ($5) or any coffee drink (prices vary).

Prizes include:
– a full set of Jonathan LaPoma’s books.
– gift cards
– a gift bag from The Secret Stash
– a mystery prize

Young Hickory East Village is located at 810 13th Street, San Diego, California 92101.

Kirkus Reviews Recommends HAMMOND

Kirkus Reviews, one of the most world’s most respected book review publications, recommended Jonathan LaPoma’s latest novel, HAMMOND:

“Earnest, hardscrabble story of restless youth, mental illness, and the saving grace of sports-inspired camaraderie . . . Compelling . . . successfully captures the anger, frustration, and freedom of kids on the brink of adulthood.

Read the full review by clicking here.

Almendro Arts will publish HAMMOND on December 18, 2018.

California Bookwatch calls HAMMOND “A Revealing Standout”

Diane Donovan of California Bookwatch gave Jonathan LaPoma’s latest coming-of-age novel, HAMMOND, a positive review:

“Lingers in the mind far after its conclusion . . . replete with interpersonal interactions, personal revelations, and an overlay of mental illness perspective rare in a coming-of-age story. Readers who look for compelling sagas of mental illness struggles will find Hammond a revealing standout in the literature which grabs the reader’s attention and swings through a life that too often feels stuck. Few stories can capture this gritty and stark existence, and Hammond is reminiscent of the classic I Never Promised You A Rose Garden, with its powerful, introspective view of an evolving (and, sometimes, devolving) young man.”

HAMMOND will be published by Almendro Arts on December 18, 2018.