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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Hole In My Life Reader’s Guide

And that ended him up in jail. I was especially struck by his story because mack was a high school senior and then graduate, by the skin of his teeth, struggling to find his way in life. Hole in My Life. 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.


I love this book, not just because the ganto story is genuinely remarkable, but because Jack tells it with perfect pitch. Croix with his family to be a builder with his dad.

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. Feb 23, Kate Schwarz rated it it was amazing Shelves: Croix to New York is really interesting and unusual.

Enzo Cuglietta Even from the beginning, Gantos has alwas been a writer. The messed up life that Jack has to live through.


I liked the fact that the book was first person. To view it, click here. Timothy what are the before jac read questions on the pages? The use of great words and the plot were beautiful and helped you learn a hooe. While he is in jail, he feels a lot of self regret, and self loathing for what he did to himself.

While I think the book was well written and not an apology for his mistakes, I would not recommend hole in my life for the middle school students I teach. On Reading Rockets he tells of the development of Rotten Ralph, the cat character based on a cat he once owned.

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. Gantos has his 10K in hand when a bunch of feds bust into his hotel and take his partner into custody. 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 someone 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.

But at the same time he constantly has money to fix his car, travel, buy gas, eat food, and take drugs.

The book was was boring on some scenes and exciting on others. He may be young, and he may have been stupid and he may be really sorry nowand he may really not want to go to jail, but jsck judge knows that mostly Jack Gantos is sorry because he got caught. Selected pages Page 1.


Jjack what to read next. In Jack Gantos was scraping through his final year of high school. In this book, you will learn of the circumstances involved that lead to his crime which were unbelievably incredible. You’re a decent person that knows right from wrong, it can’t happen to you.

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

And above all, there was his manner: With all jwck the characters jack met while traveling, they all played a part in his journey. Jack got 5, but because of his well behavior in prison he gets out in 15 months of his sentence.

Well, that requires a reader like me to read the book in one long inhale.

Jack Gantos tells the story of his high school days, living in a cheap hotel, going to jadk school and working in Florida while his family moved to the Virgin Islands. Printz Winners and Honor Books”. This would be a great book club selection. It was a good book because tantos tell you what the character went throw in jail. In Hole in My Lifethis prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth.

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