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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes! Real life stories are so interesting, and knowing that all of these events happened to Jack makes them that much more curious. It takes us back to a time before truancy boards, and before we really looked out for teenagers as a nation. And it's interesting to see what a kid can get into if unattended ...
What other book might you compare Hole in My Life to and why?
I have never read anything like it, so it's difficult to make a comparison. It reminds me of crime tv but as if the criminals had the camera and wrote the script.
Which character – as performed by Jack Gantos – was your favorite?
Jack was an interesting character, but I also liked the apartment manager Davey. She had spunk!
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I certainly felt angry on behalf of Jack. I was frustrated by the judicial system, and concerned at how easy it was for criminals to implicate other criminals without further investigation or scrutiny as to the authenticity of the information that they were giving.
Any additional comments?
This was an interesting read partly because many procedures that happened (or didn't happen) in the 70's really surprised me. How lax we were with student attendance versus how severe we were with essentially child criminals was the most surprising. I'm glad he made it through the whole ordeal.
While his tone is very casual, his story is actually quite serious. It's interesting to listen to it read by the man who lived it, and I guess I expected more animation at certain moments. But he's just not that sort of guy!
I was first introduced to the writing of Gantos when teaching a 6th Grade reading group book club with Dead End in Norvelt. I loved his writing and the book became a favorite to me and my students. I looked Gantos up and learned about his range of writings and was excited to read the adult literature. Gantos has a style that make a me 1. want to be a wider reader based on how he references specific authors and titles in his books that I've never read or knew, and 2. Want to read "Everything Gantos"
Keep writing Mr. Gantos! I love it!