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In the summer of 1971, Jack Gantos was an aspiring writer looking for adventure, cash for college tuition, and a way out of a dead-end job. For 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.
©2002 Jack Gantos (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews

"It will leave readers emotionally exhausted and a little wiser." (Publishers Weekly) "Gantos' spare narrative style and straightforward revelation of the truth...will capture not only a reader's attention but also empathy and imagination. This is great for every aspiring writer and also a wonderful biography for teens struggling to discover their deepest, truest selves." (Booklist)
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By Amazon Customer on 08-18-17

Love for Gantos!

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!

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By Mauricio on 05-04-16

Interesting loved it

I loved it because he as told his life in one story. very interesting. Good memories of his prison cell and everything about the details.

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