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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He is young and foolish and believes in some iack in his own invincibility, until it all comes crashing down around him in the form jaxk a federal indictment on drug smuggling charges.

Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles. When a book starts with a whopper of an open line such as “The prisoner in the photograph is me” and the pages following that line tell a harrowing, incredible, true story of a foolish but likeable young man with years of self-reflection between his mistakes and publication and how one huge, bad decision goes down It wasn’t that he was utterly lost–he knew he wanted to be a writer, and the maddeningly idealistic way in which he hopes, pines, and bounces around hoping to witness something great while wor I read this quickly and with moderate interest as to what would happen to young Jack in his journeys, both literal as he ferried drugs and figurative.

I liked the book because it was interesting reading about that and knowing that really happened to someone who writes books for children. Almost immediately, he regretted dropping out, and determined to earn enough to get into a good school that taught creative writing.

He does not excuse himself and he does not justify his actions. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I would definitely use this for a HS recommendation.


But ends up with him being happy that he got out and very understanding that what he didwas wrong and it wont happen again. For his part in hol conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.

Aug 23, Kelsey Dangelo-Worth rated it it was amazing. I went the audiobook route since I was traveling this week and Gantos reads it; fun to hear the personal account holle from the writer.

Jack Gantos

He was going to go back to high school then he moved in with a family which was the bacons. Books by Jack Gantos. Hole in my Life. Jack ended up in jail for about a year, the “hole” in his life. What strikes me here is that despite his determination to receive parole and the work he puts into getting into college, Gantos the author remains insightful about Gantos the character in the book, and that character’s blindness to his own indomitable spirit.

Possibly, this is what makes all the difference. But he is done in by that Before he goes to jail he dreams of becoming a writer and becomes inspired by William Jcak. He uses the same bold honesty found in his fiction to offer a riveting autobiographical account of his teen years—and the events may well penetrate the comfort zone of even the most complacent young adults.

I expected a little more excitement on every page. Back to Books Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos n the summer of gamtos, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job.

And above all, there was his manner: While in college, Jack began working on picture books with an illustrator friend. His life is a testament that books really do save people’s lives and that through books, people can change to become better.

I know I learnt a thing or two. By the end of the book, it’s clear that this isn’t some “misery memoir,” but the story of a young writer finding a resolve and a voice he hadn’t known before. For ten thousand dollars, he recklessly 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.


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Jul 25, Kelly rated it it was amazing. And he told of his arrest and subsequent incarceration in a pragmatic way, not blaming others for the trouble he had gotten himself into.

She didn’t tell me how profound the book would be, how insightful and applicable. Mill – LibraryThing Jack Gantos tells the story of his high school days, living in a cheap hotel, going to high school and working in Florida while his family moved to the Virgin Islands. I listened to the audio which Gantos himself narrates which made this story all the more poignant. He and his colleagues were caught, and as it turns out, he was in more trouble than he anticipated. And that is where this book gets its value.

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

When he goes down there, he meets a guy at the dock who asks him of he would like to help him with something. Apr 23, Melissa rated it liked it. An excellent read for mature readers: At first Gantos felt that the only mistake he made was getting caught.

On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison.

Oh, and how he ends up going to jail for that.