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Hole in My Life

He read voraciously, kept journals full of ideas, yet didn't feel he had anything worth writing about. Being desperate to reinvent himself as an adult and a writer, he believed wholeheartedly in the authors he admired, feeling that, like Kerouac, he hole in my life jack gantos to cut loose. While at first reluctant to experiment with drugs, he couldn't help wondering if they might help him become what he wanted - "I got that impression from reading William Burroughs.

Almost immediately, he regretted dropping out, and determined to earn enough to get into a good school that taught creative writing.

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

I was twenty-one years old and had been locked up for a year already -- the bleakest year of my life -- and I had more time hole in my life jack gantos of me.

At the time this picture was taken I weighed pounds. When I look at my face in the photo I see nothing but the pocked mask I was hiding behind. I parted my hair down the middle and grew a mustache in order to look older and tougher, and with the greasy prison diet salted chicken gizzards in a larded gravy, chicken wings with oily cheese sauce, deep-fried chicken necksand the stress, and the troubled dreams of capture and release, there hole in my life jack gantos no controlling the acne.

I might have been slight -- but I was smart and cagey. I managed to avoid a lot of trouble because I knew how to blend in and generally sift through the days unnoticed by men who spent the majority of their time looking to inflict pain on others.

I called these men "skulls" and they were freaks for violence.

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Here we were, all of us living in constant, pissy misery, and instead of trying to feel more human, more free and unchained in their hearts by simply respecting one another and getting along, many of the men found cruel and menacing ways to make each day a walk through a tunnel of fear for others.

Fear of being a target of irrational violence haunted me day and night. The constant tempo of that violence pulsed throughout my body and made me feel small, and weak, and cowardly. But no matter how big you were, there was no preventing the brutality.

I had seen the results of violence so often -- with guys hole in my life jack gantos off and smashing someone's face with hole in my life jack gantos fists or with a metal tool, a baseball bat, a rock -- and all for no other reason than some imagined offense or to establish a reputation for savagery.

When I lived and worked in the prison hospital -- especially after I had become the X-ray technician -- I was part of an emergency medical response team. I was called on day and night to X-ray all types of ugly wounds to see if the bones behind the bruised or bleeding flesh had been cracked, chipped, or broken.

As we examined them, the patients would be telling the guards, "I didn't even know the guy" or my greatest fear "I never heard 'em, never hole in my life jack gantos 'em.

Your number could come up anywhere, anytime -- in the dark hole in my life jack gantos night while you slept in a dormitory with a hundred other men, or in full daylight on the exercise field while you strolled in the sun.

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.

Before he goes to jail he dreams of becoming a writer and becomes inspired by William S.


While I think the book was well written and not an apology for his mistakes, I would not recommend hole in my life for the middle school students I teach. The hole in my life jack gantos from Oscar Wilde sums up why this IS a good bi This young adult autobiography is a candid account of a young man whose aspirations to become a writer would not be fulfilled before he made some bad decisions and suffered the consequences.

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.