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

  • Priscilla Thomas
    Oct 08, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Loved "If I Ever Get Out of Here." Slogged through this, barely. There are plenty of good ingredients here (music-making detail, emotionally intelligent[ish] teen boys, microaggression demonstrations, same great humor), but it's a rambling mess overall. It's hard to see what could be d...

    Ooof. This'n took a while, and had a few strikes going against it for me: - I'm burnt out on dual voices - I'm skeptical of YA written in the time the author was a teen - I'm skeptical of YA that idolizes The Beatles - I hate that both MC Maggie and her sister are in relationships...

    I'm supposed to be out touristing but I'm in finishing this instead. There's so much to love about this book, from the richness of the voices to the window (for me) aspect to the decision to take Yoko Ono's art seriously (because even in 2018 I hear her name mostly in reference to h...

    3.5. Loved being back in Gansworth?s world & seeing so many different perspectives. As always, I love how messy even the most beautiful moments feel. I struggled to balance so many characters, though, & sometimes found myself having to flip back to remember who was narrating ...

  • Abby Johnson
    Jun 30, 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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Mo
    May 29, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • jennifer
    Jun 16, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Loved "If I Ever Get Out of Here." Slogged through this, barely. There are plenty of good ingredients here (music-making detail, emotionally intelligent[ish] teen boys, microaggression demonstrations, same great humor), but it's a rambling mess overall. It's hard to see what could be d...

    Ooof. This'n took a while, and had a few strikes going against it for me: - I'm burnt out on dual voices - I'm skeptical of YA written in the time the author was a teen - I'm skeptical of YA that idolizes The Beatles - I hate that both MC Maggie and her sister are in relationships...

    I'm supposed to be out touristing but I'm in finishing this instead. There's so much to love about this book, from the richness of the voices to the window (for me) aspect to the decision to take Yoko Ono's art seriously (because even in 2018 I hear her name mostly in reference to h...

  • DaNae
    Oct 14, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Brian
    Feb 04, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    3.5 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Garren
    Jul 12, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Loved "If I Ever Get Out of Here." Slogged through this, barely. There are plenty of good ingredients here (music-making detail, emotionally intelligent[ish] teen boys, microaggression demonstrations, same great humor), but it's a rambling mess overall. It's hard to see what could be d...

  • Lauren
    Apr 09, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

  • Michelle Barker
    Aug 05, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

  • Casey Jo
    Oct 10, 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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 1070'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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Yes! ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Loved "If I Ever Get Out of Here." Slogged through this, barely. There are plenty of good ingredients here (music-making detail, emotionally intelligent[ish] teen boys, microaggression demonstrations, same great humor), but it's a rambling mess overall. It's hard to see what could be d...

    Ooof. This'n took a while, and had a few strikes going against it for me: - I'm burnt out on dual voices - I'm skeptical of YA written in the time the author was a teen - I'm skeptical of YA that idolizes The Beatles - I hate that both MC Maggie and her sister are in relationships...

  • 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

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...