Hole in My Life | Jack Gantos | MacmillanFor 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. For his part in the conspiracy, Gantos was sentenced to serve up to six years in prison. In Hole in My Life, this prizewinning author of over thirty books for young people confronts the period of struggle and confinement that marked the end of his own youth. On the surface, the narrative tumbles from one crazed moment to the next as Gantos pieces together the story of his restless final year of high school, his short-lived career as a criminal, and his time in prison. 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. Back to Books Hole In My Life by Jack Gantos n the summer of , Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. Read an excerpt Download the study guide.
Hole in My Life
Gantos was a young man with little supervision who led a life that involved many moves and opportunities. This was a life quite unlike those of many other children. Living abroad for part of his childhood, Gantos learned how to navigate the world his own way. Once he returned to the states to finish high school without his parents, however, his lack of focus and his partying nature left him without a permanent home. He used his job at the grocery store to afford a room at the King's Court motel where he lived for the rest of his senior year. He dabbled in drugs, but when his friend Tim came to stay, he began to heavily use marijuana.
In the book was honored with the Michael L. Printz Award  and the same year became a winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal. The book is set in and tells about author's life behind bars. Before he goes to jail he dreams of becoming a writer and becomes inspired by William S.
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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 audience. 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. The memoir begins with the dramatic image of the author as a young convict "When I look at my face in the photo I see nothing but the pocked mask I was hiding behind". The book then goes on to provide an in-depth examination of the sensitive and intelligent boy residing behind a tough facade. Inspired by the words and lives of some of his favorite American authors, Gantos sought adventure after leaving high school. He eagerly agreed to help smuggle a shipment of hashish from Florida to New York without giving thought of the possible consequences.