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4.05  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  14 reviews
-Recommended by Kirkus Reviews

-Winner of The Book Designer's e-book Book Cover Award, May 2020 (Fiction)

-Eric Hoffer Award da Vinci Eye Finalist

Ten months--that's how long twenty-six-year-old writer and aspiring actor Jay Sakovsky decides to stay and teach in the bohemian beach town of Soul City, California, to save up cash and overcome his anxiety before moving on to Holl
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Paperback, 415 pages
Published March 24th 2020 by Almendro Arts
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Bookworm Extraordinaire
Jan 07, 2020 marked it as march-arcs-to-review
Shelves: arcs-to-review
Montgomery Pierce
Apr 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020-reads, arc-reads
I genuinely wanted to enjoy this book. Mental health, finding yourself--particularly when you're a mid-twenties millennial and creative doing work that is not your passion--and coming into your own as a person, are themes that are not only consistently relevant but relatable, especially when you consider that male mental health is often glossed over or outright ignored in the United States

However, for all that Soul City Salvation promises as a raw, in-depth examination of these themes from ment
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Audrey (Warped Shelves)
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: popsugar-2020
4.25 stars

“Life’s a perpetual state of becoming. Just relax. Breathe.”

He’s back! My favorite underrated author is back again! Picking up one of Jonathan LaPoma’s novels feels to me like coming home. It feels like a hug.Like somebody understands and isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. The Soul City Salvation, much like LaPoma’s other novels, is about a man seeking to find his way in the world while overcoming his demons that seek to ruin him. It’s about his OCD and anxiety finally coming to a hea
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Yawatta Hosby
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
***I received a free copy and am voluntarily giving an honest review***

I enjoyed this contemporary drama. It was written in Jay’s first-person point of view. Jay had OCD, anxiety, and depression—things I could relate to as a reader. In fact, some scenes when he was younger helped me understand the actual things I had been going through as a kid and teenager. My moodiness and “dark” thoughts could be linked to my OCD back then.

Jay stayed on Doug’s couch in California to live out his dreams as a m
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Samantha
Apr 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-popsugar-rc
4.5 Stars rounded up to 5

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

In Soul City Salvation we watch Jay Sakovsky as he works as a teacher while dealing with his mental illness. Jay has decided it's best if he can save up some money and try to calm his anxiety a bit before he chases his dreams of fame and fortune. While at first this seems like a great plan, Jay soon realizes maybe things will be a bit harder
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Dora Okeyo
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This book reminded me of two things; one- we are all on different journeys and two- we don't get there at the same time worse off the same way. I love how easy it was to relate to Jay, because he was human- he was imperfect, difficult, weary, sweet, hopeful, creative, loving, scared- everything in one and on top of this he did not know how to find his way to the inner peace that he was looking for, because what he saw on the surface as anxiety turned out to be much more.
There's a part in the boo
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Patricia Chica
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The journey of a young man dealing with the demons of his own mind, while travelling between the cities that birthed him, formed him, and made him a true artist... As he attempts to define his identity and find a sense of belonging, he encounters many characters from which he learns about love, life, art and spirituality. Torrid and destabilizing at times, yet profoundly intimate and enlightening. LaPoma at his best!
The BGR Review
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Would you rather jump off the cliff into your dream life and build a plan while descending to possibly keep you afloat? Or would you rather work on building your dream life from the ironic safety net of a job that causes you mental and physical suffering? Are the questions this simple when you're a writer?

Soul City Salvation read kinda like a Homerian epic to me--in the sense that it's over 400 pages, and over 400 pages of focus on a character's journey and subsequent evolution from unhappy to p
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Abbyturnsthepage
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wow, how have I not heard of this author before?

I loved this book! I loved the internal struggle with OCD and anxiety. I loved his perseverance with his writing and his desire to move from Soul City to Hollywood.

That said, this book was a little sad; reading about Jay and seeing his childhood trauma present itself in the forms of anger, poor judgement in search of love, and lack of self-confidence was dark and beautiful.

Praise to LaPoma! I will be reading more of his work in the future!
Grady
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
‘Now was my time to feel alive’

California author Jonathan LaPoma not only writes novels, but also screenplays, poetry and songs! He earned his BA in history and a secondary education credential from the State University of New York at Geneseo, gathered ideas or seeds for future novels from his travels both the US and Mexico, began writing and winning awards for his works, and now teaches secondary school in San Diego. The handsome young artist explores themes of alienation and misery as human co
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Soniya
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
𝑫𝒆𝒑𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒍𝒚 𝒃𝒆𝒂𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒇𝒖𝒍!!

The soul city salvation by Jonathan LaPoma is the fifth and the final book in a loosely linked series so I was very excited to read this book and had so many expectations and I'm happy to announce that I absolutely loved it.

𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒂𝒔𝒌 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒂𝒏 𝒂𝒑𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒕𝒊𝒄 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅? 𝑯𝒆𝒍𝒍, 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒅𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒆𝒗𝒆𝒏 𝒌𝒏𝒐𝒘 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒏𝒆𝒆𝒅 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒉 𝒂 𝒘𝒐𝒓𝒍𝒅?

This book, much like LaPoma's other books focuses on the inner turmoils and struggles a man faces and there's a constant battle betwee
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Adam Ross
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a departure for Jonathan LaPoma we are treated to a ride that connects all his books and takes us on a journey through anxiety and depression. When I say it connects all of his books....there are references and nods to his earlier works. I realized that the main character, Jay's, suffering could be happening to all of his main characters. Each one of them is lost and looking for something as they work a soulless job and party their lives away.

In Soul City there is indeed salvation as Jay walk
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Amber
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was ok
My first DNF of 2020, unfortunately. And I’m really disappointed, because I so desperately wanted to like this book.

The premise is interesting and one I feel a lot of people could relate to - finding yourself as a mid-20s person while dredging away at a job you’re resigned to but don’t particularly care about and trying to deal with mental health issues.

This book let me down in so many ways, and I tried to keep coming back to it and finish it, but I’ve finally resigned myself to the fact that
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Yuuki Nakashima
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
When I started to read this book, I thought “Mental illness again?” but this one was not like other two books by the author I’ve read. It was kind of a new reading experience... I felt as if I was in Jay’s brain. I was not reading the book, I was seeing what he saw, listening to what he listened to, thinking what he thought... I have read many books whose narrator is a main character, but I hadn’t felt this way. I wonder what caused this unique experience. Maybe the author’s writing style, but I ...more
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Jonathan LaPoma is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter, songwriter, and poet from Buffalo, NY. In 2005, he received a BA in history and a secondary education credential from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and he traveled extensively throughout the United States and Mexico after graduating. These experiences have become the inspiration for much of his writing, which often explores ...more

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