Jonathan LaPoma

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The US Review of Books Calls HAMMOND “Laudable”

Mark Heisey of The US Review of Books gave Jonathan LaPoma’s latest coming-of-age novel, HAMMOND, a positive review:

“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

First Reviews for HAMMOND are Positive

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.

DEVELOPING MINDS a Top 12 “Sidesplittingly Hilarious” Novel on Wiki.ezvid

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.”

DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY! a Finalist in Oaxaca Film Fest

Jonathan LaPoma’s feature-length black comedy DIPLOMATIC AMMUNITY! is a finalist in the 2018 Oaxaca Film Festival (comedy category). This is the script’s 12th award/honor and LaPoma’s 156th overall.

Jon LaPoma Finishes First Draft his Latest Novel, HAMMOND

Jonathan LaPoma finished the first draft of his latest novel, HAMMOND, which follows a group of troubled boys who play basketball at a city court in Buffalo as a means to escape their abusive households. LaPoma hopes to publish the book by Christmas.


Kbooklover gave Jonathan LaPoma’s bestselling, award-winning novel UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRAN five stars, saying:
“The writing is engaging, with the right flow and a dose of dark humor to make it an enjoyable read that I would recommend.”
To read the review, click here. 

THE SUMMER OF CRUD a Finalist in 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award

Jonathan LaPoma’s psychological coming-of-age novel THE SUMMER OF CRUD is a finalist in the 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award, which “honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing.” The novel was recently the #1 Psychological book on Kobo, and has been at the top of the Literary list as well for the last week.

THE SUMMER OF CRUD #1 “Psychological” Book on Kobo

Jonathan LaPoma’s coming-of-age literary novel THE SUMMER OF CRUD is the #1 “Psychological” and #2 “Literary” novel on Kobo.

Jon LaPoma Answers Self-Publishing Questions on

On April 23, 2018, Jonathan LaPoma answered authors’ self-publishing questions on To see his responses, click here. 

Jon LaPoma’s Online Course for Writers, FROM FIRST DRAFT TO BESTSELLER, Now Live on Udemy

Jonathan LaPoma’s online course, FROM FIRST DRAFT TO BESTSELLER, is now open for enrollment on Udemy. FROM FIRST DRAFT TO BESTSELLER is a step-by-step guide to help beginning writers self-publish and market their manuscripts, and build their readership from zero. To enroll in the course, click here.