Hole in My Life

Hole in My Life

Book - 2012
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The author explains how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
Publisher: New York : Square Fish, 2012
Edition: 1st Square Fish ed
ISBN: 9780312641573
0312641575
Branch Call Number: y 813.54 G211h 2012
Characteristics: 199 p. ; 21 cm

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A riveting memoir about the time Jack Gantos spent in prison as a teenager. 199 pages

A riveting memoir about the time Jack Gantos spent in prison as a teenager. 199 pages

A Newbery Award winner best known for funny and quirky children and teen books, Jack Gantos took an odd journey to children's lit. As a teenager he is offered a job. But instead of easy money sailing to New York with a boatload of drugs, Gantos ends up in Federal Prison. This is his telling of... Read More »


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JCLEmilyD Feb 09, 2017

This one was a tough one but very good. 5 Stars. This is the story of Jack. Jack wants to be a writer. Jack helps smuggle drugs into New York City. Jack goes to federal prison. Jack sees horrible things and experiences horrible fear. This is the real story of Jack Gantos.

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muffinpopcorn
Jun 16, 2016

Very interesting and compelling story , Gantos lays it on the line about his stint in prison and the dumb mistakes at a young age he did to land him there . Honest and straight forward . Yet he went on to become a super funny Author and write good books like he always wanted to . Check out some of the fiction books he's authored , they are quite humorous .

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Brooke_Nicole
Jan 09, 2016

This is the ideal autobiography. It is honest, relatable, and Gantos has a true sense of humor: I rarely laugh from books and this one had me laughing 4 different times! A truly interesting account that leaves me sympathizing with those trying to survive the criminal "justice" system.

CMLibrary_aarnold Jan 02, 2016

One summer can change your life. The summer that changed everything for Jack was 1971. Jack knew he wanted to go to college, he just didn't have the money. So when the opportunity to make ten thousand dollars came along, he just couldn't turn it down. All he had to do was help sail a boat from the Virgin Islands to New York City. Now if that seems too good to be true, well it was. The boat was transporting drugs. It wasn't long until Jack was arrested and sent to prison. It was during his time in prison that Jack began to really evaluate his life and started to make positive choices. This book offers a very real look at prison and can be graphic at times.

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MichelleBees
Mar 08, 2013

The author's HILARIOUS children's books led me to his autobiography. His portrayal of prison life was authentic (as far as I know) and chilling. This is a tale of a scattered teen bumping into a worse case scenario and then gathering himself together as he grew into an adult. Inspiring for all writers.

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