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.
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“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.”
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.
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).
– 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.
“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.
Almendro Arts will publish HAMMOND on December 18, 2018.
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.
“Succeeds on many levels, LaPoma’s use of James, a mentally ill youth troubled by the destructive tendencies of his family, as the central character is laudable. His unique worldview gives the narrative an unforgettable flavor. Fans of Jim Carroll’s Basketball Diaries will find many similar themes in this book…These boys are dealing with everything from bullying to basketball, drugs, sex, faith and favoritism. Lapoma does a good job catching the bravado and fears of this age. In addition, he records the internal struggles and confusion of his protagonist in realistic and abundant detail…Readers who enjoy a coming-of-age tale with lots of introspection will likely find this book a good match.”
HAMMOND will be published by Almendro Arts on December 18, 2018
The first reviews for Jonathan LaPoma’s coming-of-age literary novel HAMMOND have been positive:
“This is the book that marks Jonathan LaPoma as my favorite underrated author . . . One of the most genuinely emotional novels I have read in a hot minute . . . So emotionally in-depth that at times I felt I was getting overwhelmed by ghosts of my own depression. I don’t remember the last book I read that had so much truth and understanding packed into its words (perhaps it was The Summer of Crud)… Hammond is truly a masterpiece of the coming-of-age genre. My biggest hope for this book is that it gets the attention it deserves.”
-Audrey L, Netgalley Reviewer
“The characters are well structured and the plot is thick, making Hammond a great book for those looking for a read that takes you into a whole other world (so to speak).”
-Keirstin Smith, Netgalley Reviewer
To read the full reviews, check out HAMMOND’s Goodreads page.
Danica Jambalos included Jonathan LaPoma’s coming-of-age novel DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY in her “12 Sidesplittingly Hilarious Novels For All Readers” Wiki.ezvid video.
She had this to say about the novel:
“Jonathan LaPoma gives us a coming-of-age novel that tackles alienation, misguided hopes, and addiction, making the tale perfect for those who enjoy satire and darker humor.”