The Trouble in Me

By GANTOS, Jack

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ISBN
9780374379957
Publisher
Farrar


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2015  |  Young Adult

Gr 7–10—Situated sometime between the events in Jack's Black Book (1997) and Hole in My Life (2002, both Farrar), Gantos's latest offering is a fictionalized look at a critical juncture in his own adolescence. Shortly after moving to a new town, 14-year-old Jack meets Gary Pagoda, a way-too-cool-for-school delinquent who is the utter antithesis of Jack. He smokes, wears a black leather jacket, curses like a sailor, steals cars, may have impregnated a local girl, and shares Jack's enthusiasm for all things pyrotechnic. Dissatisfied with his own seeming weakness and looking to...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2015

By the summer before eighth grade, young Jack Gantos didn’t think much of himself. He had the “milky physique of a very soft boy” and looked like a “boneless squid.” His “mouth bully” of a father called him “ass-wipe,” “shithead,” and “brain-dead.” About to start at his sixth school in eight grades, he had no friends, and girls paid him no mind. He was a “drifty kid who was lost at sea…easily led off course.” Bored with his own life, he tried to be somebody else and fell i...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

By the summer before eighth grade, young Jack Gantos was a "drifty kid...easily led off course." Trying to be somebody else, ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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