Book Review: The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos

Book Review: The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos

The Trouble In Me by Jack Gantos

Started Reading: October 15, 2017

Finished Reading: October 17, 2017

Pages: 224 Pages


This fiery autobiographical novel captures a pivotal week or two in the life of fourteen-year-old Jack Gantos, as the author reveals the moment he began to slide off track as a kid who in just a few years would find himself locked up in a federal penitentiary for the crimes portrayed in the memoir Hole in My Life. Set in the Fort Lauderdale neighborhood of his family’s latest rental home, The Trouble in Me opens with an explosive encounter in which Jack first meets his awesomely rebellious older neighbor, Gary Pagoda, just back from juvie for car theft. Instantly mesmerized, Jack decides he will do whatever it takes to be like Gary. As a follower, Jack is eager to leave his old self behind, and desperate for whatever crazy, hilarious, frightening thing might happen next. But he may not be as ready as he thinks when the trouble in him comes blazing to life. –Amazon

Overall Thoughts

The librarian at our school recommended this book to me. She loved it because of the crazy stuff he did, his wild writing style, and the overall shock value of the book. I gave this book 4 stars only because there were a few parts that were described and drawn out too much, I wanted to skip ahead. However, for the most part, I could not put the book down because I could not wait to see what else Jack got himself into! This book has some strong language and the characters get into trouble with the law.

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