Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

Give Me Some Truth

Carson Mastick is entering his senior year of high school and desperate to make his mark, on the reservation and off. A rock band -- and winning the local Battle of the Bands, with its first prize of a trip to New York City -- is his best shot. But things keep getting in the way. Small matters like the lack of an actual band, or the fact that his brother just got shot confronting the racist owner of a local restaurant. Maggi Bokoni has just moved...

Details Give Me Some Truth

TitleGive Me Some Truth
Release DateMay 29th, 2018
PublisherArthur A. Levine Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Music

Reviews Give Me Some Truth

  • Mo
    Wow, so this was great. I started to draft a long, largely incoherent love letter to this book, and then I remembered Debbie Reese had this to say about Eric Gansworth's first young-adult novel, If I Ever Get Out of Here: https://americanindiansinchildrenslit... , which is both more authoritative and better written than my ramblings. (This isn't a series, but there is some overlap in the two books.) Anyway, I thought this book was even better tha...
  • Lauren
  • Barbara
    This is a 4.5 for me for many reasons. When I received this ARC of Eric Gansworth's latest offering, I knew that it would land on the top of my to-read pile, but I also knew that I would want to savor it just as I savored his earlier If I Ever Get Out of Here. I had to wait until the winter break from work to find time for the book, which covers some of the same territory as the previous one, set in and near the reservation and the town of Niagar...
  • Brian
    After reading this, I’m ashamed I haven’t read any of Gansworth’s other novels. Give Me Some Truth is masterfully written, with layers upon layers between characters and plot. It’s tough to say what the main story is: our main character’s need for growth that he can’t seem to see, the relation between the indigenous people and their white neighbours, the rise and fall of a teenage band, inter- and intra-family drama, or the romantic i...
  • Liz
    I was given an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Gansworth's latest novel follows the formation of a band and their quest to win a Battle of the Bands through the viewpoint of two Native American teens, Carson and Maggi. I liked the distinct voices of these two characters, and the glimpse I, as a White reader, got into life on Carson's and Maggi's reservation. While the characters don't always make the best decisions, I f...
  • Justin
    I'm not entirely sure how I feel about the plot and the main character arcs, as neither really moved the needle for me by the end of the book. But my lukewarm feelings there are more than balanced by the deep, powerful sense of setting Gansworth instills, both in terms of the music, art, and fashion of the time period, and the complex depiction of life on a reservation for young people.
  • Gretchen
    I received an ARC of this book from the 2017 YALSA Symposium.I got to chapter 7 in this book, but I just couldn't finish it. Initially, it reminded me a bit of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, but it quickly lost that feel. It just felt like the story wasn't going anywhere.
  • Rachel
    Such a realistic portrayal from an authentic voice. The characters and plot are intense and engaging. Note that there is significant content.
  • Laura
    Life on the Rez isn't easy, but neither is life in the city. Set in 1980s upstate New York, on the Tuscarora reservation and nearby cities, this isn't a sequel to If I Ever Get Out of Here but is set in the same world, with many of the same characters. The blend of reservation life and life outside is skillful, and there's nothing about the lives of Carson, Maggi, Lewis and their families and friends that won't be both familiar and real for reade...
  • Brenda Ayala
    Carson was annoying, and Maggie’s “love” was too silly for me. On the flip side, I appreciated that a man in his thirties was portrayed as creepy for going for a younger woman. I read a YA book earlier this year with the same kind of relationship but it was meant to be romantic. I didn’t hate it, but as usual I questioned the man’s motives and maturity.The best part of the book for me was the look into what it’s like living on the res...