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Hole in My Life is an American autobiography of Jack Gantos and was published by Macmillan Publishers in In the book was honored with Michael. Teenage readers will appreciate Jack Gantos’s frankness in his jail memoir, Hole in My Life, says Keith Gray. After penning a number of novels for preteens, including the Joey Pigza books and the Jack series, Gantos makes a smooth transition as he addresses an older .

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However, after a year and a half in prison he applied to college, was accepted. But what was inspiring was that he had always wanted to be an author and even through all the crazy experiences and circumstances he went through, he was able to achieve his I had this book signed by Jack Gantos when I met him a couple of years ago and had intended to read it since then.

However, he saw sense and turned himself in. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to read about people getting in trouble. The book requires a commitment, as it rambles a bit at times, but it provides much food for thought and fuel for debate. Mar 06, Patricia rated it it was amazing. I believe very strongly that reading and writing are ways to make sense of our lives and become better people, and this book re-enforced that belief.

The book then goes on to provide an in-depth examination of the sensitive and intelligent boy residing behind a tough facade. But Gantos’ impressive writing slowed me down– many passages were so good I had to read them twice. Though when my boys read it I sure hope they read the parts about the consequences as closely as the adventurous chapters!

Because he dropped out of university in St. Jack Gantos, a children’s author, writes a memoir about his last year of high school and how he ends up in prison.

As a result, upon arriving to New York and settling into a hotel, he and his friends were captured by the FBI and were sentenced from 5 to 20 years in prison for drug trafficking. Aug 23, Kelsey Dangelo-Worth rated it it was amazing.


Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

jacck Jul 16, Mari rated it really liked it Shelves: An interesting read that shows how good people can easily get mixed up in the drugs and into prison. His advice was uncommonly practical, with an emphasis on story structure that has proven very useful.

For ten thousand dollars, he lite agreed to help sail a sixty-foot yacht loaded with a ton of hashish from the Virgin Islands to New York City, where he and his partners sold the drug until federal agents caught up with them. Sep 29, ChrisA. Before Gantos became an award winning author of young adult novels, he was a kid struggling to find himself.

I expected a little more excitement on every page. Jack traveled a lot by boat, and on foot for when he was selling the hash and traveling to gather the hash. But the is overall very good. The book received positive reviews gahtos Kirkus Reviews [5] and Publishers Weekly. When he goes down there, he meets a guy at the dock who asks him of he would like to help him with something.

To view it, click here. Paperbackpages. His voice is haunting in this respect.

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I love this book because it is absolutely entrancing and accessible for young readers while at the same time setting the plate for the more rigorous reading I hope they will embrace by year’s end. Pages to import images to Wikidata Jqck stub articles. I do understand that it is somewhat dated, but the message is perfect. Although he wasn’t allowed to keep a journal, his lifeline was a battered copy of The Brothers Karamazovin which he scratched his thoughts, fears and everything he saw around him in the tiny spaces between the lines.

To ask other readers questions about Hole in My Lifeplease sign up. It was confusing because of all of the court scenes and informational scenes, i had sometimes no hle what was going on.

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Hoole in my Life. Books of the Week. However, the book’s real strength lifee in the window it gives into the mind of an adolescent without strong family support and living in the easy drug culture ni the s. Gantos, desperate for money to pay for college, accepts and when he gets to New York, he gets busted and he’s arrested. He read voraciously, kept journals full of ideas, yet didn’t feel he had anything worth writing about. So, he allowed himself to drift, trusting those he met who would take advantage of him, drinking and smoking to escape.


I liked the book because it was interesting reading about that and knowing that really happened to someone who writes books for children. But another part of him, the part that makes it through to the end of the book, is the part that recognizes that it’s not the mistakes of our life that define us, but what we learn from those mistakes and how we move forward from them.

A good friend gave me this book and told me it would be a fast and jacm read. He applies and gets accepted into a college writing program. This is his way to earn the money he needs for college, so he thinks, and he gantoos to make the best of it.

Again, the narration is a bit unreliable, which makes for a great read. From there, Gantos makes a string of increasingly foolish decisions, spurred on by “friends” who aren’t really friends at all, and unchecked by his parents, who are largely absent from the narrative.

Part of him still believes he’s jacm but a messed up loser kid who now can add ex-con to his name. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.