Give Me Some Truth

Give Me Some Truth Review

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 back to the reservation from the city with her family. She's dying to stop making the same traditional artwork her family sells to tourists (conceptual stuff is cooler), stop feeling out of place in her new (old) home, and stop being treated like a child. She might like to fall in love for the first time too.

Carson and Maggi -- along with their friend Lewis -- will navigate loud protests, even louder music, and first love in this novel about coming together in a world defined by difference.

Title:Give Me Some Truth
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Abby Johnson

    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 Tusc...

  • Elke (BEroyal)

    3.5 starsThis 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 th...

  • 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 ...

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    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 h...

  • Lauren

    Yes!...

  • 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...

  • Jo

    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 i...

  • Leah Moore

    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 lo...

  • 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 sa...

  • 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...