Drama, Ficção, LaPoma

Developing Minds: An American Ghost Story of Jonathan LaPoma

I started reading this book with some high expectations and I must say that those expectations were met.

Plot summary:
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.

The book is about a professor named Luke, who is struggling to be successful in the school he’s teaching. He’s got a job in an F school – a problematic school – where he found the most unexpected students that try to be tough on the outside — not because they want, but because they are also struggling at home and trying to fit in the society.

Quotes

LaPoma, Jonathan

– I mean, I write … I don’t know if that makes me a writer.
– So long as those words come from you, and no one else, then you’re a writer.

LaPoma, Jonathan, Developing minds

Quotes

LaPoma, Jonathan

We shared the same sense of adventure, the same sense of wonder, the same general curiosity and marvel of life. But we also shared the same detachment, the exhaustion, and the same lack of tools to survive life in society. Even so, nobody was keeping us down.

LaPOMA, Jonathan, Developing Minds