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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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 jaci world and is grateful for it.

She was right gantoe fast, and she was right about funny. The book was a story of a series of bad choices that Jack made, and how he dealt with his consequences. He had the basic values he would need to grow up and become successful. This Novel was interesting but didn’t catch my eye as I believed it would. Aug 24, Elizabeth rated it really liked it Shelves: I liked this book a lot.

He was in p Very thought-provoking.

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

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. It was confusing because of all of the court scenes and informational scenes, i had sometimes no idea what was going on. While he is in jail, he feels a lot of self regret, and self loathing for what he did to himself.

However, the book’s real strength lies in the window it gives into the mind of an adolescent without strong family support and living in the easy drug culture of the s.


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. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison.

His story about growing up poor, having to make his own way, and getting caught in a mess of trouble when he runs some hash from St. I finally picked up the book and it really surprised me that the cool author that I had met and had written all the quirky Joey Pigza books that I loved as a kid had been a criminal.

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Hole in My Life – Jack Gantos – Google Books

For some paranoid reason the warden would not allow us to keep journals. I went the audiobook route since I was traveling iin week and Gantos reads it; fun to hear the personal account straight from the writer. It is a cautionary tale but a little too harsh for the younger kids.

Timothy what are the before you read questions on the pages? Much of the action in this memoir-some of it quite raw and harsh-will be riveting to teen readers. Take something out of the mistakes you make in life, learn and grow from them and don’t let those mistakes define who you can be. So if someone is under 25 and makes a bad judgement call, I don’t think i should be punished so harshly.

Jack Gantos

He eagerly agreed to help smuggle a shipment of hashish from Florida to New York without giving thought of the possible consequences. He tells Gantos that if he helps him move 2, pounds of hash from St. Quotes from Hole in My Life. But ends up with him being happy that he got out and very understanding that what he didwas wrong and it wont happen again.

All he wanted to do was write. He opted out of university, moved to his parents’ home on St Croix and quickly became part of the island’s drug culture. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to read about people getting in trouble. Young Adult Library Services. The account was incredible. 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.


He flees the law and escapes to Florida, where he calls his father. But at the same time he constantly has money to inn his car, travel, buy gas, eat food, and take lif. It is jzck cautionary tale but a little too harsh for Jack Gantos, a children’s author, writes a memoir about his last year of high school and how he ends up in prison.

His parole board agrees to let him out early as long as he has a place to live and a job to support himself. At first Gantos felt that the only mistake he made was getting caught. I do understand that it is somewhat dated, but the message is perfect.

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. Naturally, his were better. Aug 23, Kelsey Dangelo-Worth rated it it was amazing. Jun 28, Borax rated it liked it.

Overall this book was really emotional, and taught me some really good life lessons. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I recommend the book to anyone 14 and up.