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Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
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Oct 14, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, grades-10-and-up, grade-10, grades-11-12
Read in April, 2008

Life could be so much scarier than I will ever want to know. Jack Gantos has lived that kind of life, at least for a while. He describes a small part of his scariest past in this memoir. He doesn't seem to over-dramatize his memories as a drug smuggler, or a convict in jail, but there are moments that made my whole body tense up. It's not really that hard to make a link between Gantos' teenage mistakes, and the frantic half-crazed desperation of his most famous character, Joey Pigza. They share a warped sense of right and wrong, cause and effect, and an unfailing ability to wreak havoc. That's a scary thought, too - and I can only take so many frights from my reading. Still - I think Joey Pigza is a great character, and Jack Gantos is a great writer.

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