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|Read Ebook Ø Hole in My Life ò Becoming a writer the hard wayIn 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 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 federa I have learned this it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it Oscar Wilde Someone once said anyone can be great under rosy circumstances, but the true test of character is measured by how well a person makes decisions during difficult time I was armed with books the way the navy goes to sea armed to the teeth Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos 200 pages Jack Gantos, author of children s books, writes his autobiographical account of how, lost and adri I have learned this it is not what one does that is wrong, but what one becomes as a consequence of it Oscar Wilde Someone once said anyone can be great under rosy circumstances, but the true test of character is measured by how well a person makes decisions during difficult time I was armed with books the way the navy goes to sea armed to the teeth Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos 200 pages Jack Gantos, author of children s books, writes his autobiographical account of how, lost and adrift after high school, basically homeless, poor, and envious of great authors like Kerouac and Hemmingway, longing for adventures, he agrees to help pilot a boat from the Virgin Islands to New York, smuggling drugs Gantos account is unabashed, unsentimental, unapologetic, unsympathetic for his own self, which is refreshing for the genre and the young adult audience He makes no excuses except stupidity, despite being a brilliant reader for his behavior, the consequences of which are truly disturbing and disquieting His voice is haunting in this respect An excellent read for mature readers an accessible, powerful, and strong narrative that has a great message without being didactic or preachy Grade A Dear James Frey, This, my good man, is how you write a harrowing memoir about an endless string of bad decisions involving drugs that results in time spent in the pokey.Kisses and cuddles,Joe This book isn t as well known as it should be For one thing, most children s book authors don t admit to a criminal past But Jack Gantos had the guts to do so, and it s a great story Honest without being brutal, and always with that Gantos edge of detail and humor, I can close my eyes and still remember when I first encountered this book I was impressed then, and I still am. You always hear tragic tales that involve drugs and you never think it could apply to you Why would it You re a decent person that knows right from wrong, it can t happen to you When we are young, we all believe we are invincible, some of us still do.Jack Gantos recounts his struggle starting as a young high school student aspiring to become a writer He has plans for college so he can become a better writer but feels he has nothing to write about Through his search for inspiration and lack You always hear tragic tales that involve drugs and you never think it could apply to you Why would it You re a decent person that knows right from wrong, it can t happen to you When we are young, we all believe we are invincible, some of us still do.Jack Gantos recounts his struggle starting as a young high school student aspiring to become a writer He has plans for college so he can become a better writer but feels he has nothing to write about Through his search for inspiration and lack of common sense he goes from naive teenager, casual pot user, drug trafficker, inmate to someone who is aware of his place in the world and is grateful for it.An interesting read that shows how good people can easily get mixed up in the drugs and into prison Gantos narrates his story in a casual, reflective tone amusing himself about the stupidity of his teenage years and how if it wasn t for him ending up in prison he would never be the writer he is today Take something out of the mistakes you make in life, learn and grow from them and don t let those mistakes define who you can be