The reader is immediately made aware that Gantos went to prison and about the first half of the book paints the picture, sometimes vivid, sometimes a little more lacking, of the series of unfortunate events that led him to that "hole in his life. Jefferson believed that the farmer was the key to America and that a well-run family farm was a model for a well-run government.
Raised in South Florida and the Caribbeanhe began collecting anecdotes in grade schoolrealizing that everyday stories were the basis of great literature.
This is a good story that many young people drifting around jobless and directionless should read. Gantos' narration style is first person friendly. As far as prison memoirs, it is not exactly Dostoyevsky or Solzhenitsyn, but that is not Mr.
I personally loved Deadend at Norvelt as one of Jack's stories of just a surprise. This is a good story that many young people drifting around jobless and directionless should read.
He was a good high school student, but he lost interest when his family moved. Gantos does an excellent job building the story to give the audience an understanding of how someone could so easily accept an offer to smuggle drugs.
In prison Gantos found his voice as a writer and looked forward to the day he could write about life outside of prison. Gantos gave into the tiny desire to experience the drug one time, and then it became the thing that defined his life.
So, he allowed himself to drift, trusting those he met who would take advantage of him, drinking and smoking to escape. Croix to New York, for ten thousand dollars. The scenes on the smugglers' yacht with mad English Hamilton are laugh-out-loud funny, while the message that there are such things as second chances is delivered in simple, stocky prose that belies its emotional wallop.
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Gantos was tried in New York, and was sentenced to sixty days to six years, depending on behavior. Dead End in Norvelt is a defiantly political novel that delivers some simple moral messages: Only after he finds himself in the biggest possible mess of a drug deal and works his way out of a rather vaguely defined prison sentence does he discover his purpose his life — a purpose he'd already defined but to which he could not commit.
Gantos' distinctive voice blends two very different people: He learned that stories of his childhood are far more entertaining than the blood and death stories of his prison life, and his writing career takes off.
It is a great lesson for teens, not only about recovering from mistakes, but about taking the right paths in life to avoid mistakes entirely. His story is very violent and terrifying at times and he could have glossed those things over but he didn't.
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.
This is not a book that I would have chosen to read on my own, but I'm certainly glad that it was brought to my attention.
It is a great lesson for teens, not only about recovering from mistakes, but about taking the right paths in life to avoid mistakes entirely. Much of the action - raw and unflinching as it is - will be riveting for most young readers, but aspiring writers of any age should read this book. 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.
Getting caught by the FBI and sentenced to serve up to six years in the state penitentiary was, of course, never part of the plan.
Hole in My Life Jack Gantos BookPage review by Julie Hale. September Gantos is an award-winning children's author, but his compelling autobiography will appeal to readers of all ages. In the early s, the future didn't look very bright for the year-old Gantos, who was arrested for his involvement in a drug smuggling scheme and sent.
"Hole in my life" by Jack Gantos is an incredible book that talks about the epic struggles of a young adult trying to find his way in life, of redemption, and getting his life straight. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers or introspective books/5().
Jack Gantos must be the only children's author who has spent 18 months in prison for smuggling drugs. He's already written about that incident in Hole in My Life; his latest novel, Dead End in.
Hole in My Life [Jack Gantos] on elleandrblog.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Becoming a writer the hard way In the summer ofJack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure/5().
"Hole in My Life" by Jack Gantos is a story of one young man's struggle to become a writer. "Hole in My Life" is the autobiographical story of Jack Gantos during his younger years.
Gantos was a young man with little supervision who led a life that involved many moves and opportunities. 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 L. Printz Award  and the same year became a winner of the Robert F.
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