This autobiography tells the story of Jack Gantos' biggest mistake in his life. One summer when he was still a teenager he agreed to sail a boat carrying 2 thousand pounds of hash from St. Criox to New York. In his life at the time he felt stuck. He was uncertain of who he was; he wanted to be a writer but he never felt he had any story to tell. He was working for his father, not making any money, and he longed to go to college. He decided he would sail the boat, sell the hash, get $10,000 for it, then find a college to attend. Only problem is, he got caught. He spent a total of 15 months in prison where he kept a journal in one of the books he read. This novel tells how he spent his life in jail and how writing was what kept him going. I would recommend this book to teenagers ages 14 and up.