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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His honest, unflinching yet not gratuitous descriptions of “going down” for his crimes and facing prison are realistic and resonant. He wrote about it in House of the Dead.

Hole in My Life. 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. Honest without being brutal, and always with that Gantos edge of detail and humor, I can close my eyes and still remember when I first encountered this book.

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 book requires a commitment, as it rambles a bit at times, but it provides much food for thought and fuel for debate. In prison, Gantos wallows in self pity, until a series of fortunate events land him a job as an X-ray technician and he begins to see the way out. Aug 24, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: But Gantos’ impressive writing slowed me down– many passages were so good I had to read them twice. The book hole in my life was the book i read and it was good.

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. While at first reluctant to experiment with drugs, he couldn’t help wondering if they might help him become what he wanted – “I got that impression from reading William Burroughs.

May 24, Lisandro Padron added it. Gantos is adrift spirtitually like Odysseus. The use of great words and the plot were beautiful and helped you learn a lot. I feel like mainly everything about the book was good and interesting. I love that ambiguity and love a book focused on classic literature.

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He worked his job in prison, learned his lesson, and avoided future temptations. And I guess knowing that only encouraged me to use Karamazov for my journal. This book takes us on his journey, from his young life in Florida to his higher teen years in the Virgin Islands where his family moved so his father could find work. Paperbackpages. The book i just finished reading is hole in my life by jack gantos i liked the book because it was interesting.

The scenes on the smugglers’ yacht with mad English Hamilton are laugh-out-loud funny, while the message that there are such things as second chances is delivered in simple, stocky prose that belies its emotional wallop. Printz Winners and Honor Books”. What an incredible journey to find his way to writing children’s books.

I am grateful for whoever recommende I really enjoyed this story of a man who is willing to just unflinchingly own his mistakes and foibles. Common terms and phrases asked bathroom began boat Brothers Karamazov bunk called cash caught cell checked Chelsea Chelsea Hotel cops Croix Dean Moriarty deck door dope drink drove drugs eyes face feel felt figured flipped Florida fo’c’sle Fort Lauderdale friends front Gantos gave guard guys Hamilton hands happened hash pipe head Holden Caulfield hollered inside journal keep Key West knew laughed lived locked looked loved Mad magazine manchineel tree marina Martin Eden motel Naked Lunch never Newman night Okay parole board pounds of hash prison pulled replied sails ship’s log shot sitting smiled smoke snapped snitch lire spotted stood stories street talk tell Tepper Thirty-nine Steps thought told took trying turned waiting walked wanted watched waved week William Burroughs window write X-ray Yeah yellow York.

The compelling story of the author’s final year in high school, his brushes with crime, ganos his subsequent incarceration.

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. I expected a little more excitement on every page. He was in prison in the early 70’s, but I kind of doubt our hy system has improved much since then. It’s a very enjoyable read.

Through his search for inspiration and lack You always hear tragic tales that involve drugs and you never think it could apply to you. He was in p Very thought-provoking. Gantos eventually does make it out of prison – somewhat earlier than the date of his next scheduled parole board meeting — by getting a new caseworker, and making a deal with his parole board.


This is the autobiographical account on Gantos’s bat-crap crazy life from – when he bounces aimlessly around the world, eventually ending up agreeing to pilot a ship full of drugs across the ocean. Much of the action – raw and unflinching jackk it is – will be riveting for most young readers, but aspiring writers of any age should read this book.

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Gantos has his 10K in hand when a bunch of feds bust into his hotel and take his partner into custody. Pages to import images to Wikidata All stub articles.

Through his search for inspiration and lack of common sense he goes from naive teenager, casual pot user, drug trafficker, inmate to someone who is aware of his place in the world and is grateful for it.

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For instance, I had no idea about the “white exodus” in certain areas of Florida due to the Black Panthers taking over certain towns thus This is an incredibly enthralling book about Jack Gantos’ time in prison for drug smuggling.

Mar 05, Jordan rated it it was amazing. I would definitely use this for a HS recommendation. I was especially struck by his story because he was a high school senior and then graduate, by the skin of his teeth, struggling to find his way in life.

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Hole in My Life. He i 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 But it can also free a writer to recognize that the words are just words, and that they exist both on paper and, more importantly, inside.

I think the book was good it had everything you would need to make a good book. Jun 01, Hcruz added it. Inthey published their first book, Rotten Ralph.