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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ashley
    Feb 21, 2019
    2019 Read Harder Challenge: 12/24 (halfway!) Task #9: A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads. This task REALLY stressed me out. (Because I have no chill and am taking this challenge too seriously.) I am not and have never been an early...
  • 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...
  • P. Kirby
    Feb 25, 2019
    What I didn't say too, and what my damned inner voice wouldn't let me unhear now, was that a thirty-year-old guy shouldn't find a fifteen-year-old that interesting, no matter how mature she was. Heh. That also applies to immortal guys who supposedly fall in love with a teenage girl....
  • Sara
    Feb 23, 2019
    This felt really real to me. Aside from I liked this because it was good, three extra things: 1) I was surprised to find a contemporary YA novel that's set in 1980. Normally, I would think that's not recent enough to feel current, but also not long enough ago to appeal as historical...
  • Lauren
    Apr 09, 2018
    Yes! ...
  • Melissa Badamo
    Dec 29, 2018
    3.5 stars Give Me Some Truth follows Carson, Lewis, and Maggi as they navigate life on a reservation and form a band together while inevitably finding some truth about each other and themselves. The characters are very well-built, and the story is very enjoyable. It's a great dive i...
  • 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...
  • Penny Olson
    Mar 20, 2019
    Give Me Some Truth is set on a First Nations reservation near Buffalo, NY in 1980. I had a slow start to this book, but once I got into it, I really enjoyed it. Carson and Maggi are adolescents coming of age and trying to figure out who they are, which is hard enough for any teenager, ...
  • 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...
  • Rachel Goldstein
    Dec 20, 2018
    Guys, this book is so good. I love how the character relationships develop, and I love how Carson and Maggi--our two narrators--shouldn't necessarily get what they want, and have to grapple with the reasons for that. I love that some of Maggi's choices being questionable doesn't negate...
  • 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...
  • Melissa Gebhardt
    Jan 30, 2019
    Though the beginning was a little slow for me, the end of the book became more of a page turner. I also found it interesting how Eric Gansworth changed the point of view each chapter from Carson to Maggie. Both were from the same reservation, but they did not experience live upon it th...
  • 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...