A Hole In My Life By Jack Ganton: Points Discussed

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The author of this novel is Jack Gantos. Jack Gantos is a man who does not easily give up on his goals. Throughout the whole novel, his goal of becoming a writer had never diminished. The whole novel A Hole In My Life was about his own personal life. He grew up with the talent and desire for reading and writing. Jack wanted to go to college but he didn't have the ability to afford it, so he was persuaded into dealing drugs with his friend, which he was promised to have his share of the money they earned. Later in the book, Jack was arrested and put in jail. What probably drew him to writing about this is the idea of letting others know his mistake and not repeat it. The most interesting chapter in this novel is Chapter 4 of Part 2. "Everybody in prison has a story about how they were caught." (Gantos 99). That was the beginning sentence of Chapter 4 in Part 2. Right when I read that sentence, I had a feeling something was going to go terribly wrong, which was Jack getting caught. After reading the stories of how some prisoners got caught, Jack stated "This is how I got caught." This sentence made me nervous, anxious, and excited to go on and read and see how Jack was caught. "..but I can tell you the fear of waiting to get caught was worse than getting caught." Somehow, I could visualize all this in my mind and feel the fear that Jack is facing. Then Hamilton reassured Jack that the police can't catch them on their own unless there is a snitch. Jack wasn't paying attention, but I was beginning to think about it. I had questions in mind like 'what if there is a snitch?' and 'what if it's Hamilton or Rick?'. Then Hamilton was caught, and Jack luckily escaped. This chapter really captured my mind and had me thinking, visualizing, asking myself questions, and predicting of what was going to happen next. It all started when Jack Gantos wanted to become a writer, when he didn't even finish high school. He joins his family in St. Croix and expects to be assisting his father in the construction business. However, arriving in the weeks following the Fountain Valley incident, the only construction taking place was the building of packing crates to help out the mass moving of continentals fleeing the...

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