"LaPoma obviously knows Mexico well, framing the nation not by its problems but by the hearts of its people . . . the descriptions of Mexican locales are as vibrant, colorful, and illuminating as the novel's unique characters. The author can write about serious things with humor, and Will's tale shows an understanding of Mexico that goes beyond the ordinary."
"I loved Understanding the Alacran. Loved. It. . . beautifully written, funny, moving and all-round wonderful coming of age story. LaPoma has done an excellent job in creating characters that his readers will be able to connect with, relate to and truly come to care about. Absolutely read this book. . . My very highest recommendation."
-Chris Fischer, Readers Favorite, 5 Stars
"LaPoma takes time to create a sense of people, place, and why situations evolve; not just how - and these elements are what gives the story added value and impact as the landscapes of Mexico and William's psyche immerse readers in the mental and physical atmosphere of the story . . . an appealing, engrossing story that moves beyond the traditional coming of age approach to add social and cultural concerns into the mix . . . Given the latest state of affairs between the U.S. and Mexico, its undercurrent of social understanding and issues mixed with psychological examination makes it an especially relevant, timely read."
-Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review
"Unique and accessible . . . brilliant story that explores the evil of drugs, a man's struggle for freedom, and redemption through love . . . the finish is awesome."
-Divine Zape, Readers Favorite, 5 Stars
"I enjoyed the protagonist's journey, the passage from despair to hope, and above all, the search for inner freedom. Readers will also love the compelling characters and the way the author captures Mexican culture, its beautiful setting with its smells and sounds in this inspiring tale . . . a wonderful coming-of-age story."
-Arya Fomonyuy, Readers Favorite, 4 Starsshow more