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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Much of the action in this memoir-some of it quite raw and harsh-will be riveting to teen readers. Feb 23, Sara rated it it was amazing.

This is an gzntos enthralling book about Jack Gantos’ time in prison for drug smuggling. Also, because if you knew nothing about court, you knew nothing about what jack was competing with.

However, after a year and a half in prison he pife to college, was accepted. My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.

He does not excuse himself and he does not justify his actions. Hole in My Life 1 3 Oct 31, It wasn’t that he was utterly lost–he knew he wanted to be a writer, and the maddeningly idealistic yole in gangos 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.

Faced with the horrors of prison life, Gantos decides not to look back, not to make the same mistakes again, though he’ll inevitably make others.

You always hear tragic tales that involve drugs and you never think it could apply to you. It was a good book because it tell you what the character went throw in jail. His parents had moved to St Croix in the Virgin Islands, but he was in Florida, supposedly preparing for university.


Bh – pages – Nov 29, Katie rated it really liked it. It just wasn’t really for me but i recommend it still.

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It seemed liked Gantos’ prison experience outside of his hospital work was pretty oppressive and not at all helpful in terms of making positive life changes. Jul 16, Mari rated it really liked it Shelves: For some paranoid reason the warden would not allow bu to keep journals.

The ship was impounded and the fbi was looking for them. In Jack Gantos was scraping through his final year of high school.


Gantos is very candid Because he dropped out of university in St. He probably didn’t want the level of violence and sex among both prisoners and guards to be documented. The author is a Newberry winner, but this is a completely different book than his others. He gets out of prison a bit earlier because he applies to a university for creative writing course and begins a new life by selling Christmas trees. Trivia About Hole in My Life.

Sent to federal prison for up to six years, Gantos landed a job in the hospital section, a post that protected him from his fellow inmates, yet allowed him to witness prison culture firsthand.

A good friend gave me this book and told me it would be a fast and humorous read. This is much more than simply a scared-straight confessional; there’s nothing didactic or patronising in it. Almost immediately, he regretted dropping out, and determined to earn enough to get into a good school that taught creative writing.

Mar 22, Alex M Mister added it. 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 liked the fact that the book was first person. The type of people that shouldn’t read this book are people that are against weed.


Mar 05, Jordan rated it it was amazing. To view it, click here. Timothy what are the before you read questions on the pages? It is a cautionary tale but a little too harsh for the younger kids. I do understand that it is somewhat dated, but the message is perfect.

Through out the book I lifd felt connected to Jack, and made me sad when reading about his family. His goal to become a writer kept him going, and he’s a successful author today, despite having a criminal record. Books by Jack Gantos. At first Gantos felt that the only mistake he made was getting caught.

And I guess knowing that only encouraged me to use Karamazov for my journal. Jack Gantos, a children’s author, writes a memoir about his last year of high school and how he ends up in prison. He was in jafk in the early 70’s, but I kind of doubt our prison system has improved much since then.

United States of America. He read voraciously, kept journals full of ideas, yet didn’t feel he had anything worth writing about.

Aug 23, Kelsey Dangelo-Worth rated it it was amazing. His honest, unflinching yet not gratuitous descriptions of “going down” for his crimes and facing prison are realistic and resonant. Upon graduation he headed down Gntos, desperate for money to pay for college, accepts and when he gets to New York, he gets busted and he’s arrested.

He stood out from the pack.