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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I really enjoyed this. For his part in the conspiracy, Jak was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison. This book would be really good for high school students and adults.

Hole in My Life – Wikipedia

Jack Gantos, a children’s author, writes a memoir about his last year of high school and how he ends up in prison. The author is a Newberry winner, but this is a completely different book than his others.

When he goes down there, he meets a guy at the dock who asks him of he would like to help him with something. It was confusing because jaco all of the court scenes and informational scenes, i had sometimes no idea what was going on. I expected a little more excitement on every page.

He makes no excuses except stupidity, despite being a brilliant iack for his behavior, the consequences of which are truly disturbing and disquieting. It would be a mistake to hand this book to a young teen, and even older teens may need guidance to deal with some of the more difficult aspects, but in the end, Gantos’s experience brought him to the realization that drugs are not a valid life choice. It wasn’t that he was utterly lost–he mg 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 working menial jobs to stay afloat reminds the reader of that–it was more that he faced the seemingly immutable influence of poverty on his best version of his own dreams.


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. 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.

His parents had moved to St Croix in the Virgin Islands, but he was in Florida, supposedly preparing for university. 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.

Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos – Reading Guide – : Books

He is young and foolish and believes in some way in his own gajtos, until it all comes crashing down around him in the form of a federal indictment on drug smuggling charges. The book hole in my life was the book i read and it was good. Jul 25, Kelly rated it it was amazing.

The book then goes on to provide an in-depth examination mj the sensitive and intelligent boy residing behind a tough facade. Also, because if you knew nothing about court, you knew nothing about what jack was competing with.

Hole in My Life

Return to Book Page. He probably didn’t want the level of violence and sex among both prisoners and guards to be documented. But running just beneath the action is the story of how Gantos — once he was locked up in a small, yellow-walled cell — moved from wanting to be a writer to writing, and how dedicating himself more fully to the thing he most wanted to do helped him endure and ultimately overcome the worst experience of his life.

The quote from Oscar Wilde sums up why this IS a good biography for young adults to read, but is not good for sixth graders. But at the same time he constantly has money to fix his car, travel, buy gas, eat food, and take drugs. Gantos has written much about his early years with his eccentric family, and this more serious book picks up the tale as they moved to Puerto Rico during his junior year. Open Preview See a Problem? Being desperate to reinvent himself as an adult and a writer, he believed wholeheartedly in the authors he admired, feeling that, like Kerouac, he needed to cut loose.


The ship was impounded and the fbi was jy for them. He went from a drug dealer to a prisoner to an author that writes books ib a younger audience.

Hole In My Life Reader’s Guide

Mar 05, Jordan rated it it was gatnos. Much of the action in this memoir-some of it quite raw and harsh-will be riveting to teen readers.

He has plans for college so he can become a better writer but feels he has nothing to write about. Books by Jack Gantos. They should be held accountable to some degree, but in that kind of situation, prison is only going to ruin lives – not save them. At first Gantos felt that the only mistake he made was getting caught. This page was last edited on 6 Octoberat He says, “You can make a mistake, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life or entirely define who you are as a person, and you can recover from it, move on, be accomplished, remain proud, and do something great with your life and become the full person mj imagine yourself to be in your heart and mind and through your actions.

Gantos is very candid He was in p Very thought-provoking. This article about a memoir is a stub. She didn’t tell me how profound the book would be, how insightful and applicable.