Review: The Summer of Crud by Jonathan LaPoma

The Summer of CrudTitle: The Summer of Crud

Author: Jonathan LaPoma

Pages: 134 Pages

Publisher: Almendro Arts

The Blurb

The summer after graduating from college, 22-year-old Danny Wolinski takes a cross-country US road trip with his friend, Ian Perez, hoping to find the inspiration to reach his songwriting potential, start a band, and avoid student teaching in the fall.

Danny is tormented by intense physical and psychological pain and sees music as his only relief, but the more he searches for this inspiration in an America filled with endless parties, heavy drugs, and lost souls, the more he questions whether it exists.

A deeply disturbing and psychological coming-of-age novel, THE SUMMER OF CRUD explores the complexities of friendships, masculinity, sex, mental illness, and addiction, and shows how the quest to unlock one’s creativity can both inspire and destroy a person.

The Review

Oh dear.

For me, The Summer of Crud by Jonathan LaPoma had so much promise. I am looking for a book in the New Adult genre to blow me away and I have yet to find one. I had all my fingers and toes crossed that The Summer of Crud would be it. That finally I would have found a book to give me that satisfied book feeling.

It turns out that The Summer of Crud was not going to be the book to make me feel that way.

Jonathan LaPoma is a good writer. I am not saying that he isn’t but for me something just didn’t connect. The scenes of drug taking were gratuitous but not really offensive which is fine. I love road trip movies so hoped I would love this road trip book. I just found myself shouting at the protagonist Danny because he was letting his friend, Ian, push him all over. I couldn’t empathise with Danny’s situation.

Overall, The Summer of Crud just had me wondering what really the point of it all was.

The Summer of Crud by Jonathan LaPoma will be available from the 20th February 2018.

For more information regarding Jonathan LaPoma (@JonLaPoma) please visit

2 Stars

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