Give Me Some Truth

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 conf Carson Mastick is entering his senior year of high school and desperate to make his mark, on the reservation and off. A r...

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Title:Give Me Some Truth
Author:Eric Gansworth
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1338143549
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

Give Me Some Truth Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Jun 30, 2018
    It's 1980 and Carson wants to win Battle of the Bands to get a free trip to NYC. But first he needs a band. That's the basic premise of this book, but it's so, so much more than that. Carson is a Tuscarora Indian living on a reservation and at the very beginning of the book his brother...
  • Renata
    Jul 30, 2018
    This book was a little slow to grab me, but I definitely became very invested in these characters. There's such a mix of stakes at play here--will these teens win their battle of the bands? Will Maggi have sex for the first time with a shady older guy? will white people honor native tr...
  • Tracey
    Jul 12, 2018
    diverse teen fiction (Indians living on a reservation near US-Canada border, Niagara Falls) Carson is about 17--a high school senior and Maggi is 15; Carson's story revolves around getting a band together to compete for a prize trip to NY (his ticket off the Rez) and Maggi's story rev...
  • Jessie
    Dec 05, 2018
    It took me a while to get into this; I went through the first quarter of the book really slowly. But the second half especially picked up a lot. Carson is a really interesting and complicated character to me. He grows a lot here, and there's also some obvious room for more growth. I...
  • Mo
    May 29, 2018
    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 au...
  • Lynn
    Dec 05, 2018
    There was so much I liked here and much that was well done. The portrayal of life and conditions on the New York reservation was eye-opening as was the picture of the endemic racism the teens faced. the dual narrator structure was interesting but was ultimately an issue as one of the v...
  • DaNae
    Oct 14, 2018
    The two best things about GIVE ME SOME TRUTH are the setting and the music. I very much liked Gansworth's first book that grew from this 1970's Indian reservation, IF I EVER GET OUT OF HERE. This one truly puts the reader there, showing both the grimness and the beauty of the community...
  • Anne
    Aug 20, 2018
    First Nations story, near NY/Niagara Falls, set around 1980. Maggi and her twin brother, their older sister and their mom had actually moved off the rez for 8 years but now older sister Marie has persuaded mom that they should move back to the reservation, so back they go. There she r...
  • Barbara
    Dec 26, 2017
    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 w...
  • Sharon
    Dec 13, 2018
    Carson Mastick is determined to win his high school's Battle of the Bands, because the prize includes a trip to New York City ... and getting off of the Tuscarora reservation is part of his major plan. The problem is, he doesn't have a band. Maggi Bokani's mother has brought her and...
  • Brian
    Feb 04, 2018
    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 ...
  • Jo
    Jul 08, 2018
    3.5ish stars -- this ended up being a lot less about the "teens start a band" conceit than I thought it would be, which isn't necessarily a bad thing! It's very slice-of-life, focusing on six months in the year 1980. The world feels fully fleshed out and lived-in, with Gansworth not pu...
  • Amy Jacobs
    Jun 08, 2018
    Unfortunately I was unable to enjoy this book as much as others. I had to force myself to finish reading it, and I feel bad for even admitting that. Its not that the writing was bad - or even the plot- its just that I couldn't seem to connect with the characters enough to even want t...
  • Lizzie
    Oct 23, 2018
    There were times when I felt invested in this novel, and the dramatic moments really shine. But I also spent way too much time being frustrated with the characters. The stakes were so varied and there were so many plotlines, all of which, again, resolved themselves in dramatic and emot...
  • Leah Moore
    Jun 09, 2018
    I loved this book! Great characters! Historical fiction set in 1980, very strong feeling of that time in the story, mostly through music. I seem to be drawn to YA that have music plots - there are a lot of them, and this is one of the best! I liked learning about life on their reserv...
  • Lonna Pierce
    Sep 06, 2018
    Eric Gansworth, Onondaga Indian author and illustrator of "If I Ever Get Out of Here" continues Lewis and his friends' story as teens growing up on the Tuscarora Reservation near Lockport, NY and Niagara Falls. Using the same construct of song titles for chapter headings, the theme of ...
  • Jennifer Mangler
    Aug 08, 2018
    I had a harder time getting into this one, but ultimately enjoyed it. I liked and cared about both characters. I preferred Maggi's POV chapters to Carson's in the beginning, and then flip-flopped about halfway through and much preferred Carson's. Maggi's relationship with Jim really cr...
  • Angie
    Aug 03, 2018
    I was generally lost a lot when reading this book, and I don't know if I was lost because it took me so long to finish, or it took me a long time to finish because I was so often lost. Who is saying what? What was with that sentence structure? What are they trying to say here? Huh? Who...
  • Liz
    Nov 12, 2017
    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...
  • Lauren
    Apr 09, 2018
    Yes! ...
  • Michelle Barker
    Aug 05, 2018
    I loved the voices of the two narrators in this novel. To me it's always risky to bring two POVs to a novel because they both have to be equally engaging or the reader gets impatient. I never felt that way in this book. The various storylines kept my attention throughout. The character...
  • Amanda
    Aug 02, 2018
    I enjoyed Carson's arc infinitely more than Maggie's. Carson is having a true coming of age experience, deciding what kind of person he wants to be, what issues he'll stand for and against, if he can bear to let people be his true friends, whether he can be a friend in return. I think ...
  • Rich in Color
    Sep 17, 2018
    Review copy via library In this time where we seem to be inundated with half-truths and outright lies, Give Me Some Truth speaks truth. There are hard truths shared within this compelling story of teens taking a long look at themselves and their community. If I Ever Get Out of He...
  • Stephanie
    Oct 15, 2018
    DNF about halfway, but not because it was bad! It just wasn't interesting? "Slice of life" bildungsromans are just really not my thing, and while the characters were interesting, it was not really exciting. I picked this up after hearing Gansworth speak on a panel about toxic masculini...
  • Emma
    Oct 09, 2018
    Give Me Some Truth (300 pages +) was an interesting sequel, but you can totally just read this one without the first if it interests you more, to If I Ever Get Out Of Here. Gansworth writes it in not only 17-year-old Carson Mastick's perspective, but alternates the POV with 15-year-old...
  • Dorkthropology
    Sep 12, 2018
    A book about music and social justice set in the 80's on a reservation. The decision to set it in the 80's and have the Beatles play a major thematic role I assume means a lot to the author, but felt weirdly niche to me. As somebody who kinda remembers the 80's and gives very few fu...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Jul 02, 2018
    This was a sometimes wonderful, sometimes sad, and sometimes uncomfortable look at the lives of teens on a Native American reservation. I really appreciated Carson's awakening during this story, and his growing interest in activism. He considered himself a ChameleIndian, a Native A...
  • Elke
    Jun 02, 2018
    3.5 stars This is a story told in dual POV: the 15-year-old Maggi and the 17-year-old Carson, both native American teens, Tuscarora Nation (#ownvoices), living on a reservation near Niagra Falls and the border with Canada in 1980. My audiobook subscription ends the third, and I r...
  • Madeline O'Rourke
    Nov 08, 2018
    Give Me Some Truth is one of those books where I could easily bump this to three stars, but then I remember how much I disliked reading it. 2 stars it is. First and foremost, Give Me Some Truth definitely does some things right. It's an own voices story set on and around a Native Am...
  • Devyn Carmen
    Dec 05, 2018
    Carson, Magpie, and their third wheel Lewis start out on their adventure to form a rock band. The trick is, they're a group of really poor Tuscaroran Natives that are also dealing with troubles at the hearth. With a sharp wit and a story to tell, Eric Gansworth fashions a unique tale o...